Thanks to John Lee, who was part of the superb technical crew that worked on the movie, I’ve learned that “Toxic Zombies,” a.k.a. “Bloodeaters,” a.k.a. “Forest of Fear,” a.k.a. Il ritorno degli zombi,, in which I play a small part, is one of 2,700 movies on VHS tape acquired by Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library, according to this Yale Daily News story. The story mentions “Toxic Zombies” at the outset, evidently because of its gory title–also mentioned are “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and “Buried Alive”–but without mention (until my comment below the story) that its writer, producer, director, and star was a Yale Law School alumnus, my late friend (he was in his office on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001) Charlie McCrann. You can read more about the making of “Toxic Zombies,” and find links to a trailer and some reviews, here.
BHB legend has it that our own Claude Scales once “starred” in a Zombie flick. Okay, it’s not really a secret, but now an Italian movie fan is giving the film a big thumbs up. Or maybe it’s really a big che diavolo è che. Watch the full clip after the jump.
Self Absorbed Boomer: In the second installment of my Dewey & LeBoeuf saga, I told how my late friend Charlie McCrann wrote a feature length horror movie script as an NYU class project, then later produced, directed, and starred in that film, in which I played a minor role. The movie has been released in various places and formats under various titles: Forest of Fear, Charlie’s working title, in Asia; Bloodeaters, by which it was known at movie houses and drive-ins coast-to-coast in 1980-81; Blood Butchers I’m not sure where; and Toxic Zombies, under which it was packaged as a VHS tape, later DVD, and played on the USA Cable network.
Now I’ve learned that it’s been revived in Italy under the title Il ritorno degli zombi (The Return of the Zombies). The video above is of a review by “Mr. Massy” who, I gather (my Italian doesn’t go much beyond ciao and O che sciagura d’essere senza coglioni!, my favorite quotation from Voltaire), does not think much of the film. Perhaps there’s a strong hint in the graphic at 0.33. There’s a snippet of my part, the very end of it, in which I die perhaps the least gory death in the movie, starting at 10:50.
Skip directly to Claude’s star turn here.