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Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics [2 Discs]

Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics [2 Discs]
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Reviewer:Craig Butler, Any film with a title like Zombies on Broadway immediately promises to be a wacky delight, whether intentionally or not. It's a shame, then, that Zombies is not more amusing than it is. Those hoping for a wild, zany car chase of a film, with off-the-wall humor and tongues planted firmly in cheek, will be disappointed, as will those who are ready to laugh at a hopelessly inept piece of exploitation filmmaking. Zombies is moderately amusing, but never comes close to delivering on the joys that its attention-grabbing title promise. Part of this is due to the cast. Alan Carney and Wally Brown were @RKO's attempt to create a comedy team like Abbott & Costello. They're not untalented and can provide a certain amount of fun, but they lack the really distinctive personalities that a memorable comedy team requires. In Zombies, they demonstrate an adequate amount of chemistry, and they show that they have a more than adequate amount of skill; they simply lack real flair. The screenplay doesn't help, offering a screwball set-up but then delivering a fairly predictable execution. Snappier direction would help, but Gordon Douglas' work is strictly run-of-the-mill. Fortunately, Bela Lugosi is on hand to provide some memorable moments, and Anne Jeffreys both looks good and handles her material with élan. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi