Horror

Love and Zombies – I Eat Your Skin (1964)

I Eat Your Skin 1
In one sense the title is completely misleading for even though zombies do eat skin, they do not do any skin-eating in this particular picture. It is a little disappointing to say the least, as the zombies in this movie really do little of anything in point of fact. Sure, they do putter around and manage to scare a few people and yes, they are dangerous being zombies and all, but for something that was supposed to be frightening, I Eat Your Skin is more campy and fun than anything else and strictly worth watching for those that enjoy B-bordering-on-Z grade horror films. The makeup on said zombies is good, at least that much can be said and there are times where they really do appear quite creepy and I Eat Your Skin 16you would not want to run into them alone in a park or any such thing, but makeup alone cannot make a film automatically be good. It takes a combination of things and that combination was both missing and present simultaneously.

The script is not all that awful which is a relief, but neither is it all that good and it is hard to tell at times what to think due to the actors and actresses who are not exactly stage-worthy. William Joyce stars and he is not all that fantastic either, the man completely hamming it up whenever possible which was nearly all the time. Add to that the fact that the film went on for far too long with not enough focus on the little monster-problem at hand and it made for a very drawn-out experience. Despite all of that, in some strange and unexplainable way, it still made for an enjoyable picture. This is one of those cases where the phrase ‘so bad it’s good’ comes into play because no matter how terrible it might seem at times, it is very hard to actually stop watching.

The only thing missing from this horror film was actual horror and that in itself was a bit of a shame, but it in no way hampers the experience of watching this very questionable bit of cinema. So whether the debate is to give this a go or not, for viewers who like their films being of dubious quality – then look no further.

2.5 out of 5
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