Flesh Eater is a Forgotten 80s Horror Classic

Hey ghouls, have you ever watched Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead and said to yourself; “I wish this whole movie could have starred the first zombie that appeared in the cemetery. There was a cat that could really carry a motion picture!” Well, if you did please be less capricious with your wishes, as sometimes they come true, resulting in films like Flesh Eater!

Flesh Eater is a film from 1988 starring the late great Bill Hinzman (he also directed and wrote the movie) reprising his role as the cemetery ghoul. How can he do this? Because copyrighting your film is very important kids (that’s right, you can make your own version of Night of the Living Dead too…its public domain! But please do not do that thing.)

The story of Flesh Eater concerns Hinzman’s creature being resurrected by a ludicrously stupid farmer (the coffin clearly says “Do Not Open” right on it!) freeing the monster from his tomb. The heroes of the film, a group of stereotypical 80’s teens are enjoying a hayride (as wild teens often do, livin’ it up Amish style) when they are waylaid by zombies. The infection is spreading, and zombies are ravaging the land.

The rest of the film consists entirely of running from zombies, hiding from zombies, and making sweet love when the coast is clear (which is exactly how I spend my days as well coincidentally). As the events play out, one thing becomes readily apparent; Hinzman’s character seems to be a rather finicky eater, as he only seems to appear when there is naked female flesh on the screen. Also this movie contains a drunken Dracula.

As is often the case, this movie is as entertaining as it is low budget. I recommend you check it out with a group of like minded zombie lovers and have some good laughs! You can purchase a copy of Flesh Eater right here!

And as a quick aside, I flew solo on the art for this article (don’t worry, Hartter and I will be teaming up again soon)! I hope you all dig it!

Until next time, stay spooky!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard. Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula comes the proprietor of The House of Thirteen Doors. What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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9 thoughts on “Flesh Eater is a Forgotten 80s Horror Classic

  1. That’s how I spend my non blogging time too!!! What a weird coincidence! Great post and illustration as always my friend! Whoa-Oh here he comes. Watch out folks, he’ll chew you up! Whoa-Oh here he comes….he’s a flessssh eater!

  2. @CW Glad you liked the article, and I figured that’s what your ever day life is like! I also dig your musical tribute to ol’ Flesh Eater!

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Great artwork on Hinzman, DT.

    Of course if anything has “Do Not Open” on it, it has to be pried open.
    Especially a coffin.
    I mean, c’mon.

  4. Awesome post, DT! I am ashamed to say that this is a zombie movie that I haven’t had the pleasure of viewing yet…but it’s time to fix that! Great artwork, friend.

    @Atari Adventure Square Dang right you have to open it! There could be candy in there!

    @Claymation Werewolf My friend…I’m going to be singing the song you created all night now. :)

  5. @Atari Adventure Square I’m so glad you liked the art, and after thinking it over, I probably would’ve opened that coffin too…

    @Vic Sage I’m happy you liked the post! You really do have to check it out, I know you’ll have a great time with it!

  6. stew says:

    I met Bill at Cinema Wasteland in 2010 and he graciously signed my copy of Flesh Eater. Great guy, Bill.

  7. @Stew Glad you had a chance to meet him, and it’s awesome that he signed your Flesh Eater DVD! I wish I could have had the opportunity to have met him myself, but now it’s too late unfortunately…

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