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Shriek of the Mutilated/Garden of the Dead [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Garden of the Dead audio commentary by cult directors Fred Olen Ray and David DeCoteau
  • Original theatrical trailers


Garden of the Dead
This plodding, low-budget zombie film is set in a maximum-security prison, wherein a group of convicts "just say yes" to a combination of chloroform and formaldehyde, triggering a fit of uncontrolled rage. In the subsequent riot, the crazed cons are all shot dead by the brutal guards, but remain so well-preserved that they manage to rise up from their mass grave to seek the blood of their tormentors -- including the warden -- armed with a variety of sharp implements from the prison toolshed. Dreary and uninvolving stuff, from the director of the more interesting Grave of the Vampire. Also released as Tomb of the Undead. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Shriek of the Mutilated
The same team that foisted the sublimely bizarre Invasion of the Blood Farmers upon the world returns with this equally loopy horror outing. Dr. Ernst Prell (Alan Brock) organizes yet another group of anthropology students to search for the legendary Yeti. While most of the students don't believe that such a beast exists, there's no denying the fact that something horrible happened during the last expedition. All of the students were killed by something in the woods, and the only survivor besides Prell has gone mad and is prone to violent, drunken recountings of the incident at parties. They travel on anyway to the remote home of Prell's colleague, Dr. Karl Werner (Tawn Ellis), as he and his mute Indian servant (Morton Jacobs) have recently found evidence that the Yeti is near. Naturally, gruesome events occur as their search becomes fruitful, and various students are dispatched by a terrifying beast with plastic fangs and a shag-carpeting hide. A twist ending involving a gourmet cannibal cult helps explain away the cheap, bogus nature of the monster's costume and the show ends with a silly, grisly punch line. Like the earlier Invasion of the Blood Farmers, Shriek of the Mutilated is populated by strangely affected actors and imbued with a weird, muted color scheme that gives it the feeling of, if not quite a nightmare, then a disturbing dream that can't be entirely shaken off upon awakening. This peculiar tone is more likely due to its limited budget than any conceptual work of director Michael Findlay, who showed more artistic flair in his earlier black-and-white grindhouse films than this genre piece. Still, a healthy sense of black humor and outrageous fake gore make both films masterpieces of psychotronic cinema. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    John Dennis
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    Duncan McLeod
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    Marland Proctor
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