I'm glad that The Dead Next Door don't live next door to me. Those zombie collectin', murder lovin' cult members are worse than the skanky whorebag that used to live on the north side of me. I don't think she'd eat your flesh. Not that I would ever take the chance to get so close. The Dead Next Door is a really low budget indy shot on 8mm, that has the distinction of having Sam Raimi as co-producer and moneybags, thus getting it a nice release from Anchor Bay. Bruce Campbell does a couple of voices in ADR. The zombies aren't the best, but neither is the movie. Mostly poorly done, it was still fairly fun to watch. There were a couple of times that I laughed out loud. Once, when a door opened, a rush of zombies carried a character off screen, like a sudden bus shooting into frame. Whoosh. Scream. Laugh. The acting wasn't so good, nor the directing from first timer J. R. Bookwalter. His career has no great horror highs. If I hadn't already seen it, I might actually pick it up because of the Sam and Bruce connection, and I wouldn't be too disappointed with it.
I certainly wasn't disappointed with The Ambushers, although there was a brief period of fear after hearing the title song sung by Boyce and Hart. It was pretty stinky. I hadn't seen this movie for years. Matt Helm is in an ICE compound having some R&R when he runs into Janice Rule, an agent he'd worked with before, and who had been the pilot of a flying saucer developed by the US. It was stolen and Janice was found wondering in the jungle. She's in recovery, she recovers and hooks up with Matt to investigate Albert Salmi. He's the guy who stole the flying saucer and is selling it to the highest bidder. Senta Berger is one of the bidders. She doesn't win the bidding but she gets some great dresses to wear. As does Janice Rule, especially the orange and pink top and skirt with matching orange thigh high boots. The clothes were by Olig Cassini who was about at the end of his film costume designer career. There were lots of big ass boots, like on the video box. I am sure glad I picked up this set. It will be fun to watch them over again.