Directed by B. Dennis Wood and released by the infamous Camp Motion Pictures video label in 1989, "Death Row Diner" remains one of my favorite shot on video horror comedies of the 80's. 1940s movie mogul Otis Wilcox is fried in the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit... and worse yet, on an empty stomach! Many years later, a group of people show up in the same exact prison to shoot a horror movie and are plagued by the inconvenient disappearances of both cast and crew. Yup, Otis has returned from the grave as a cannibal zombie and seeks revenge against the filmmakers for turning his once prosperous movie studio into a B-grade sleaze factory. If you think this sounds sort of like DESTROYER (1987) or a dozen or so other electric chair/prison horror flicks, you're exactly right. Only this one is shot-on-video, has mediocre-at-best acting, phony gore effects (like a guy whose eyeballs pop out after a thud to the back of the head with a ping pong paddle), a priceless Elvis-impersonating caterer (who has to take a leak real bad), a Crocodile Dundee wanna-be (who ends up accidentally posing for the phony gay magazine "Rear Admiral"), a "Video Violence" one-sheet poster, and plugs for HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS and Fangoria magazine. Enjoy watching B grade stalwarts Jay Richardson & Michelle Bauer (playing a slimy movie director and his actress wife, who happen to hate each other's guts) gamely ad-libbing their way through the proceedings. Scraped from the bottom of the Camp Motion Pictures barrel (then again, about 80 percent of their releases were awful), but it gives hope to all amateur filmmakers out there. If this thing can get a video release then anything can! The cast includes Tom Shell (SURF NAZIS MUST DIE) as an actor and no less than four actors who'd just appeared in ZOMBIE DEATH HOUSE (1987) -Salvatore Richichi (who co-wrote, executive produced and was the stunt coordinator), Frank Sarcinello Jr., Dana Lis Mason, and Dennis T. Mooney- another horror with a prison setting.
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