After his mother gets infected by a bite from a deadly Sumatran rat monkey, Lionel (Almighty Johnson Tim Balme, in an award-winning performance) has to contend with a plague of the living dead while attempting to woo the love of his life. Peter Jackson had already been tagged with the title ‘The Sultan of Splatter’ after his first two features, but this was the film that confirmed it. Armed with a decent budget, he takes a Flymo to fusty 1950s New Zealand and takes cinematic gore to a whole new extreme in the process.
Comedy with heart, guts and offal.– Rachel Lang in More magazine, September 1992
Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission in association with Avalon/National Film Unit
Original Soundtrack composed by Peter Dasent.
Closing credits song 'The Stars and Moon' composed by Peter Dasent and Jane Lindsay, sung by Kate Swadling.
CD released 7 July 1997
Amazon listing for the soundtrack