The Curse of the Screaming Dead (1982) (part 7 of 9)

Then we see Wyatt wandering around the woods all alone, and judging by the amount of leaves on the trees, this shot was filmed a couple of months later. All of a sudden, a white face zombie jumps out from behind some trees and tackles Wyatt to the ground. Wyatt helpfully sets his rifle down so the two can tussle and roll around in the grass. We get a shot of Mel aiming his rifle and trying to get a bead on the zombie, but he can’t because, well, he’s in a different movie. After a while, we cut to a big zombie with a papier-mâché head popping up behind Lynn and Kiyomi, prompting them to scream and go off running.

Meanwhile, Mel shoots, killing the Mime that Wyatt was fighting. Well, technically speaking, he killed him again. Then Wyatt gets up and shoots another zombie. Meanwhile, Bill backs into one, and the two fight over his rifle until Bill knocks the zombie to the ground and shoots him. Having defeated this zombie contigent, all three men regroup back in the wintertime shots and Wyatt says “the bright light doesn’t bother ’em anymore!” Uh, did it ever? Mel thinks these were the “scouts” he theorized about earlier, so Wyatt suggests changing direction “to throw ’em off.”

Then for no particular reason, Mel goes ballistic. He grabs Bill by the arm and drags him towards a zombie and cries out, “You lousy bastard! Does that look human?” Amazingly, Bill doesn’t counter by calling him a goofy bozo. Wyatt comes over, grabs Mel by the collar, and yells, “Cut the shit before I kill you myself!” Oh, and by the way, I don’t think this sequence could get much more out of focus than it already is.

Then we see Bill and Sarah just strolling along through the woods. Wait, how did Bill get over there all of a sudden? Okay, let’s consider what we just saw. Mel attacked Bill in a scene which A) had very little motivation, B) made no sense, C) will never be referred to again, D) breaks continuity with the scene immediately following, and E) wasn’t even in focus. It appears Malanowski didn’t realize that just because you film something doesn’t mean you have to put it in the movie.

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Multi-Part Article: The Curse of the Screaming Dead (1982)

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