Picks and Pans Review: Zombie Island Massacre

updated 04/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

In an indirect way this movie about mumbo jumbo on a Caribbean island does suggest there may be some truth to the old zombie myths. The people who created the film certainly employed a lot of techniques that conjure images of the walking dead. Anyone who watches the movie is likely to find his eyes glazing over too. The female lead is Rita Jenrette, who, as the ex-wife of Abscam defendant Rep. John Jenrette, is the epitome of the second-class celebrity—no, make that fourth class, maybe even parcel post. She portrays one of a busload of tourists stranded after attending a voodoo ceremony. Soon, one by one, the tourists are done in by creatures that resemble walking asparagus stalks but are, it turns out, involved in a drug-trafficking racket. If you insist on seeing this film, avoid those multitheater complexes that have only one box office. While a movie fan should be willing to go through a lot, the ignominy of walking up and saying "Zombie Island Massacre" is enough to drive anyone to take up bingo. (R)

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