GenresHorror, B movie WriterCharles McCrann LanguageEnglish
Release date1980 (1980) CastCharles McCrann (Tom Cole), Beverly Shapiro (Polly Cole), Dennis Helfend (Hermit), Kevin Hanlon (Jimmy), Judith Brown (Amy), Pat Kellis (Mutter) Similar moviesA Serbian Film, Turkey Shoot, Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker, SideFX, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
TaglineThey Thought They Were Just Killing Some Weeds. Instead, They Grew A Whole New Kind Of Crop!
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Toxic Zombies (also known as Bloodeaters and Forest of Fear) is a 1980 horror film directed by Charles McCrann, who also acted in the film. It was classified as a video nasty in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.
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Illegal drug plantations are sprayed with the chemical Dromax by passing aeroplanes in an anti-drug initiative organised by corrupt government officials. Instead of killing the plants, the hippie growers of the crop are turned into flesh eating zombie-like creatures.
Charles McCrann (credited as Charles Austin) - Tom Cole
Beverly Shapiro - Polly Cole
Dennis Helfend - Hermit
John Amplas - Phillips
Release and controversy
The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Parker National Distributing.
Toxic Zombies is one of the films labelled a video nasty and was banned in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.
Leonard Maltin qualified the film as a "bomb". The film was also panned in Cinefantastique. Writing in The Zombie Film Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle said, "Despite inconsistent behavior patterns and embarrassing acting, Toxic Zombies has the dubious honor of inaugurating the entire 'redneck zombie' subgenre that would thrive inexplicably in the '80s."