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This one-time 42nd Street midnight-movie favorite plays like a blackly comic blend of '50s cult-classic I Was a Teenage Werewolf and '80s horror satire Return of the Living Dead, set to an assortment of funky new-wave tunes. The story involves a gang of high school delinquents who murder the slimeball drug dealer (Steve McCoy) who sold them a substandard bag of weed, disposing of his body in a river laced with nuclear waste from a nearby power plant. Before long, the putrid pusher slithers to the surface as a sickly green zombie, bent on slaying the teens who dunked him in the drink. As a desperate countermeasure, the kids steal the body of the zombie's first victim from the morgue and dump him in the same river, creating an undead ally to defend them. Though at times too self-consciously loony, this horror comedy is certainly lively enough to merit its nominal cult status.

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