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"Lightly jog for your life!!"—Linkara
Zombie Bloodbath is a trilogy series of Zombie Apocalypse films made between 1993 and 2000 by B-movie director Todd Sheets (maker of such fine memorable films such as Prehistoric Bimbos in Armageddon City, Bimbos in Time, Bimbos BC, Sorority Babes in the Dance-A-Thon of Death: "The biggest boobiest bimbofest of them all" and Kansas City Blender Massacre).
In the first movie, a nuclear power planet has gone haywire, and the government decided to cover it up by building a neighborhood over the plant. Then zombies show up. It is rife with Narm Charm and it's a movie that's so adorably bad that you can't help but love it.
In The second movie, a bunch of cult members kill two guys in a farm house in 1948. Then in 1996 a bunch of murderers escape a prison and start killing people. Then zombies show up I guess.
These movies would definitely be classified under So Bad It's Heartwarming if there was such a trope.
The series contains examples of:
- The Artifact: The female gang members were initially meant to have a bigger part, because Todd Sheets really liked the idea of biker chick gangs fighting zombies. But they got whittled down to just zombie fodder that takes up a few sequences, he mentions that he wishes he just cut them out entirely now.
- Badass Grandpa: The old man in the movie managed to make it out the longest. If there was an opposite of a Final Girl, it would be him.
- Captain Ersatz: One character in the 3rd movie made in 2000 is clearly a rip off of Neo from The Matrix
- With characters in detention that bare an uncanny resemblance to the cast of The Breakfast Club.
- Chainsaw Good: Because they're on a budget they decided to use a turkey cutter instead, but they act as though it was a chain saw.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Every character in the third movie swears like a sailor for no reason in every sentence.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Girl 1: "I haven't seen anything in a while." Girl 2: "Yeah, I haven't seen anything in-...quite a while."
- Disproportionate Retribution: In the third movie "Mr. Gordon, Gavin's got John and-" "WHAT? I'M GONNA HAVE TO KILL HIM!"
- Driven to Suicide: A mother kills her children and herself in order to escape the zombies. The zombies that were relatively harmless and were slowly shuffling their way sort of slowly nearby where they were sitting.
- Funny Afro: In the third movie, a black character with an afro comments "This place makes my hair stand up." Cue all the others to stare at him.
- Gorn: was attempted, and considering their budget it was impressive what managed to happen. But watching an actor with a giant mullet and handlebar mustache being killed by a swarm of zombies by having them pull his guts of his butt seemed to just leap right into the pits of narm.
- Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
- Hand Wave: Throughout the entire first movie one of the characters brandishes a giant rifle, but never ever actually uses it. Around the end of the movie there was a random scene that seemed to be added in to explain this: He forgot the bullets in his car.
- Groin Attack In the second movie, a criminal shoves a gun up a girl's crotch, then fires.
- Harmless Villain: The zombies seem to be relatively harmless so long as you don't just stand there and let them kill you. In one scene they had to get pass an army of zombies on a staircase, and they did this by.... just gently shoving them aside. The zombies groaned and flailed their arms but didn't seem to pay much attention to them.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: The janitor in the second movie who gave up his rock and roll life to become a husband and father.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: While this happened to every other one of his many movies, this is the one that averts it. Since Bloodbath is pretty much the most well known thing he made, it's the only one that got a DVD release. ... with all three films on one disc. The only evidence of his other work seems to be imdb pages, and pictures of the VHS covers on eBay.
- Kudzu Plot: The story in the second movie is... cluttered. There's satanic cults, evil scare crows, zombie outbreaks, teens being held hostage by murderous lunatics, other teens being held hostage by completely unrelated other lunatics, and a former marine sent to save the day because he's the best they got.
- Little Miss Badass: The girl who works for the power plant. She's so tiny and adorable that seeing her jump into the crowd of zombies while squeeling "Come and get me boys" just makes you go D'awwwww.
- Malcolm Xerox: The black character in the third movie who has an afro, dresses like he's in the 70's, and talks like a Jive Turkey, believing Everything Is Racist and thinks his other normal black friends act too white.
- Not a Zombie: After about a 5 minute long scene of watching her husband being torn apart by having all his organs ripped out of his anus, one woman goes out on her own with her children because he's still out there and might be in danger.
- Off-the-Shelf FX: There was practically no budget. Fake blood was used with flour, pudding and gelatin. Cave ins were made by shaking the camera and twitching a pie plate filled with dirt over the lense.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Our zombies lightly jog, and flinch when being attacked, and attack by lightly patting their victim's chest until blood and organs pop out.
- Recycled Set: The third movie has some high school delinquents sitting in detention... and the detention hall is apparently the corner of a book store.
- Rule of Fun: What the director says his process was in the films.
- Seeking Sanctuary: In the first film they run inside of a church in the middle of a sermon going on. All of the congregation and the priest pause to look at the intruders for a moment. Then it turns out they're all zombies and instantly attack them.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the third movie
Goth girl: "So what, are you like, into bondage?"
Gavin: "Getting any ideas?"
Goth Girl: "No... I just... saw it in a movie once."
Nerdy Girl: "Yeah... me too."
- Take That: Apparently the scene where the zombies are sitting in church is supposed to be a joke about how religious believers are zombies.
- This Is a Drill: Used as a weapon in the third movie.
- The Nineties: Neon short-shorts, mullets and flannel shirts tied around your waist? You bet!
- Too Dumb to Live: The heroes literally run through one crowd of zombies, and directly into another crowd standing just a few feet next to them. There were only two groups of zombies standing around in an otherwise completely empty field and they still ran into that ONE other pile.
- Unexplained Recovery: One young girl who apparently worked for the power planet just wont die. She gets surrounded by swarms of zombies as a sacrifice twice and she still came back both times without a scratch or even a hair out of place.
- What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: The second movie is intercut with random sudden images of dead animals, demons, and "spooky" imagery.
- Who's Laughing Now?: The zombified principal in the third movie. "Youuuu made fun of meee!"
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: When asked why there was a church in an underground nuclear power plant, Todd Sheets said that it's not impossible that they built one inside it.
- Word of God: The girl in the green shirt that is Hard to Kill is apparently supposed to be a police officer, but they ended up cutting most of that out, leaving her origins completely unexplained.
- One of the female gang members is the niece of Frank, the old man. But the only people who seemed to know this is the director.
- Zombie Gait: Sometimes played straight, sometimes not. Some zombies can only stumble and shuffle around. Others can lightly jog, tackle people, and hop across small streams of water. Basically the zombies acted like average citizens of Kansas City, Minnesota.
- Zombie Infectee: I'm not sure where the zombies seem to come from, seeing as how they don't really give this trope a chance. They rip their victims to shreds and eat them. And yet one man who was torn apart and devoured is seen later as a zombie, completely back together again, only with blood covering his face.