This is an interesting film that completely took me by surprise. Part artsy grindhouse, part zombie affair, I came across it in a collection of films that I bought on the cheap but have never gotten around to seeing. Silly me. This is truly an underappreciated gem that you should add to your collection, ASAP.
A woman ventures out to a California town in search of her father who's heavily involved in the arts. He's been incommunicado with her and she's worried by claims of the city falling victim to scores of flesh hungry people. Apparently, they come to life under the spell of the moon which turns a shade of red at night. When she arrives, she's met by a cross-eyed albino character that instantly gives her the heebie jeebies.
She proceeds to an art gallery where her father is known to have carried his work and the proprietor mentions that he hasn't seen him for days. However, he sold some of his art to a trio of folks that were fanatical about his work and advises her to drop in on them to see if they may have a clue as to his whereabouts. She leaves the store and finds them--1 guy, 2 beautiful girls, whadda lucky guy!--holed up in a motel. After listening to a drunk that came off the street to warn them about the people who come out at night, she convinces them to go to her father's house as it will serve as a better safe haven.
One of the gals in the group becomes disenchanted when she finds the guy hitting on the artist's daughter. She decides to leave the house and try to make her way to San Francisco where its said to be safer, far away from the madness that occurs every night. At first, she tries to hitch a ride and is picked up by our albino friend. When he starts eating live mice that he's brought like a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, she promptly hops out of the ride. She then decides to stop at the local grocery store when she sees a group of other people piling in. She immediately wishes she hadn't when she sees them huddled around the meat display.
After she becomes their next meal, the film continues as each member of the new household decides to venture out, each falling victim to complete illogic when they do so at night. The 2nd female of the original trio decides to get out for an evening on the town to get away from it all and heads to the local theater. In a brilliantly shot, executed and ultimately creep-a-licious scene, she's oblivious to the scores of flesh eaters taking seats behind her. When she finally realizes whats going on, she tries to make a mad dash to the exit but is met with the group of singularly minded meat munchers.
This is a brilliant low budget grindhouse affair and from what I've researched, an oft overlooked film at that. The supermarket and movie theater shots alone are worth the price of admission. And the set of films that I got on the cheap can be had for about $10 (see here). How can you go wrong? Do yourself a favor and check this one out.
No trailer for this one. Instead, check out the clip of the aforementioned theater scene below.
Cortez the Killer