REVENGE OF THE LIVING DEAD GIRLS (1987)
Release Date: July 28th 2020
Duration: 82 Minutes
Region Code: Region-FREE
Audio: French DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono, English Dolby Digital 2.0 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.66:1)
Director: Pierre B. Reinhard
Cast: Cornélia Wilms, Kathryn Charly, Anthea Wyler, Véronique Catanzaro, Sylvie Novak, Laurence Mercier
Sexed-up French splatter film Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (1986) is a trashy bit of undead fun with a convoluted plot that involves corporate tainted milk, toxic waste, good old fashioned greed and revenge, all wrapped up with oodles of sex and nudity and some surprisingly strong, if shit-looking, low-budget gore, including an undead floozy gnawing some guy's dick off!
At this same time we are privy to a German chemical company head honcho who is illegally dumping toxic waste from the factory in the ground at the local cemetery, which is where the three milk-poisoned local girls are buried. At that same chemical company the big bosses secretary is going to great lengths to set-up her boss, filming him in the act with a prostitute that she has hired - there's certainly a lot of weird little subplots
happening in this trashy little zombie movie!
The zombie and gore effects were done by the late Benoît Lestang, who would go onto work on City of Lost Children (1995), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and Martyrs (2008) is This is not his best work, I am assuming he was hampered by lack of experience at this time and what looks to have been a tiny, tiny budget, but they so work in a schlocky
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972) sort of way. There's a shocker twist at the end that very end of the film that also allows for some forgiveness of the zombie effects. At times you can see the actors natural skin peering out through gaps in the rubbery undead face coverings, it's a shitty movie for sure, but it's shitty movie that was never boring.
The shocker sting at the end of this thing is a real WTF-er, I was in stitches when it all unfolded, while surely it was meant to reinforce the corporate greed/comeuppance angle the film had been toying with it stinks to high heaven, a ripe and odorous finale to a wonderful fun shit-film.
Audio/Video: The longer 82-min cut of Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (1987) arrives on region-free Blu-ray from Severin Films framed in the original 1.66:1 widescreen in 1080p HD. It's got a bit of white speckling and some frame damage in certain spots, but overall it's a very pleasing presentation with a bit of baked-in softness due to the original cinematography. Audio comes by way of an French DTS-HD MA 2.0 or dubbed-English Dolby Digital 2.0 with optional English subtitles. Audio is clean and largely free of ear-sores like hiss and distortion, I don't speak French but the loose English dubbed dialogue was never hard to decipher, and the cheesy synth-driven score from Christian Bonneau sounded pretty great.
The last of the interviews comes by way of an archival 15-min 'Inside Studio Lestang' with the special effects Artist Benoît Lestang from 2008. He walks us around his studio and talks of how he makes latex wounds and nose pieces, experimenting with different latex mixtures, shooting his own short films, the benefits of digital cinematography, his love of horror and in particular John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). The disc is buttoned-up with a three minute trailer for the film and a very brief Easter Egg.
- Revisiting the Revenge - Interview with Special Effects Artist Benoit Lestang and Writer Jean-Claude Roy (13 min)
- The Revenge - Interview with Director Pierre B. Reinhard (22 min)
- Inside Studio Lestang - Interview with Special Effects Artist Benoît Lestang (15 min)
- Theatrical Trailer (3 min)
Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (1986) is a trashy bit of Eurosleaze that wears it's low-budget and bad-acting on it's sleeve, but it goes for the sleazy erotic thrills and cheap gore effects with a lot of gusto, and I love that about it. The standard version Blu-ray from Severin is quite a nice presentation for this cult item, an attractive A/V presentation with some quite good archival extras, and attractive artwork. Severin also released this as a limited edition 2-disc set with a soundtrack CD and reversible sleeve of artwork, but the extras are the same.