Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) – By Nic Brown

 When asked to describe his newest film; Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead Troma Studios founder and the film’s director Lloyd Kaufman says: “It’s a shot by shot re-make of that historical comedy Schindler’s List only instead of the Jews you have the spirits of Native American’s from their desecrated burial ground combining with the spirits of the billions of chickens slaughtered in concentration coops to create really pissed off Chicken/Indian zombies”.

Kaufman’s description sums up the plot of the Poultrygeist pretty well. When mega-conglomerate American Chicken Bunker builds their newest franchise on the site of the ancient Tromahawk burial grounds, more than just the local chapter of C.L.A.M. (College Lesbians Against Mega-conglomerates) is upset and the stage is set for supernatural vengeance…. Oh and a whole lot of nudity, gore, obscene language and the over the top humor which is the trade mark of Troma Studios.

The story follows Arbie (Jason Yachanin), who’s girlfriend Wendy (Kate Graham) went off to college only to leave him for Micki (Allyson Sereboff), the leader of C.L.A.M.. Now determined to win back Wendy from her new lesbian lover Micki, or at least get them to let him in on a ménage-a-trios. As part of his unusual plan, Arbie goes to work for the new ACB. Only now Arbie and Wendy must find a way to deal with the ruthlessly violent chicken zombies awakened by the desecration.

Surprisingly, Poultrygeist is also a musical, with well choreographed numbers sung by the principle actors themselves. Kaufman skillfully blends the musical numbers into the story in a way that reminds one of some of the classical musicals of the 1950’s. Of course with subject matter ranging from the futility of a career in fast food to the many joys of the before mentioned ménage-a-trios, and often performed with a cast of nude women or in a blood and feces covered toilet, I doubt Gene Kelly would see the similarity.

Poultrygeist is relentless in its humor, lampooning corporate America, hypocritical protesters, racism, consumerism, and just about any other “ism” you can think of. The film also shows great attention to humorous detail as every box label and sign in the American Chicken Bunker has something to offer (I’ll have a cluckwork orange to drink with my sloppy Jose`). The current trend of re-makes, and sequels has deluded the Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead is a smart, gory, and hilariously disgusting film that leaves no sacred cow un-milked! In a cinematic world full of re-makes, sequels and re-makes of sequels, Poultrygeist is a breath of fresh, albeit slightly fried chicken scented, air! Check it out and tell your friends about Troma’s “eggcellent” film!