The Dead and the Damned on DVD
Note to writer/director Rene Perez: when making a successful zombie movie, the zombies move slowly, not the story.
Unfortunately, the pace of The Dead and the Damned: The Legend of the Living Dead is not its only problem. It’s a simple story of a bounty hunter who needs to earn cash to help the folks back home pay their mortgage. He’s an okay guy, except for that “innocence-taking” thing that happened before he left. On the trail of a Native American who has been unjustly accused of raping and killing a white woman, he stumbles into town and is accosted by a man selling brides. If one doesn’t need a bride, he’ll sell him a “hostess” so he can open a saloon. The bounty hunter chooses one of the girls, haggles a bit about the price, and then they are off for open country. He tells the girl he just wants her to help him hunting for the night and then she is free to go.
Meanwhile, in them thar hills…two idiots are prospecting when one finds a small green-glowing boulder. The idiots load it onto their wheelbarrow and wheel it into town. Everyone runs out into the street, the boulder sort of explodes, and the townspeople are all turned into zombies. So much for one idiot’s theory that the boulder was full of emeralds. The few people who hadn’t gathered in the street to see what was up with the idiots are soon lunch.
As you should expect, the bounty hunter, the girl, and the Native American cross paths with the zombies, thereby forming a “team” out to hunt the zombies and eradicate them. Somehow, there are a lot more zombies than there were people standing around the glowing rock. Since our heroes seem to have an endless supply of bullets…oops…not quite endless…Continued on the next page