Reviews
Zeder (1983) 1 brainhalf brain
(Italy)

Alternate Titles:

Revenge of the Dead
Zeder: Voices from Darkness
Zeder: Voices from the Beyond
Zeder: Voci dal Buio


One good thing about watching this film was that I knew there was a film I had seen in the past that I hadn't reviewed, but I couldn't remember its name. I wanted to warn people away, and now I can: Zeder is really not worth your time. This is one of those movies that's on very shaky grounds for qualifying as a zombie movie, but it's so likely to be thought of as one that I feel I should review it anyway. I realize that the makers of films can create something without aiming for a particular genre, so it shouldn't reflect on the quality of their film if it doesn't quite fit the category someone wants to put it in. Since this film can be argued to have zombies (unlike The Dead Are Alive, in which they aren't), it should then be judged on its own merits.

I was watching this with two other guys, and between the three of us, we still couldn't really figure out what was going on, other than in a general sense. A writer's girlfriend (wife?) gives him a used typewriter, and he finds some writing on the old ribbon. It talks about K-zones, parts of the Earth where time stops. He types out everything he finds on the ribbon and takes it to an old professor, because in movies like this, any professor of anything knows everything. This sets him on a trail of discovery about K-zones and a secret group studying them.

Apparently, a scientist called Zeder theorized that if you were buried in a K-zone, you would come back to life and burst out of your grave. Except that you would still be in your grave. Except for sometimes. This part wasn't really clear. There is one supposedly dead person walking around and biting a girl, but a few minutes later some people discover his grave with his rotten corpse inside. So apparently the part of the theory about time stopping wasn't quite on the money.

The movie is full of inconsistent scientific hokum like this, and it's made even more confusing by the gradual revelation that almost everyone in the movie is part of a conspiracy, but you don't really know what any of them are supposed to be doing in it, except for the scientists who are studying the K-zones.

The acting was fine enough, but the writing was terrible. We as an audience know that K-zones bring people back to life, and there are even incidents in the movie where it seems like it should be obvious to at least some of the characters, too, but it all seems to be a great mystery. Even the scientists studying the K-zones seem unsure that it will work.

The only real suspense in the film comes from seeing whether the writer will figure things out. We know the conspiracy is willing to kill people, so supposedly the writer's life is in danger, but you don't really get that sense in the film. He just kind of blunders around asking questions, and eventually, figures things out.