Burglar from Hell (1993) – By Timothy Martinez

I’ve always maintained that the three most common types of horror films that turn up in independent cinema are either ghost, zombie or slasher movies. All have their own pros and cons when it comes to budgetary and FX concerns and while there is definitely someone clawing out of a grave and returning to unlife, this film is very much in the slasher category with more than one gory moment.

A burglar decides to steal from an old woman that lives by herself. Unfortunately, she is tougher than she looks and the would be thief ends up dead. The woman wastes no time in burying him in the back yard and then wastes no further time in dropping dead from a heart attack brought on by all the excitement and exertion. Some time later (months or even years), a group of young people rent the house for the weekend. One of the girls dabbles in some type of spiritual magic and soon enough the dead guy buried out back has been returned to life and is fully intent on killing anyone and everyone he meets.

First off, I must say that the film often felt very disjointed. This is usually because each scene is comprised of many different takes in order to get all the requisite dialog and much of the time those takes don’t really match each other when it comes to sound or lighting. These last two elements are hit and miss throughout the entire film, but anyone familiar with this kind of moviemaking will not be totally surprised and can easily look past it all, as it doesn’t really get in the way of the film’s events. The movie does have the habit of meandering a bit and straying from what one would think was the “main” story, but amazingly enough, none of these moments are really boring and help keep things interesting. The walking dead man is from the wisecracking killer mold, which may or may not please some people. For those who think no horror film is complete without some naked ladies, then you’re in luck. After all, when it boils down to it, the reason a lot of us watch slasher type films is for exactly that: naked chicks and bloody murders. This film won’t disappoint when it comes to such criteria.

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