Raiders of the Damned

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Thanks to the use of experimental biological weapons, the world after World War III is barren and toxic. The survivors have been splintered into two groups, the few scientists and military personnel who made it and the rest of the population, zombies who seek to eradicate the humans. These zombies aren’t slow or dense, instead they can run, use weapons, talk, and even formulate plans, so mankind faces serious problems. When a helicopter crashes in zombie territory, two of the last scientists alive are on board, so a rescue team has to be dispatched. Dr. Lewis (Richard Grieco) assembles a squad from what little he has to choose from, including prisoners and test subjects. But can this ragtag group manage to not only survive the zombie wasteland, but return the scientists back safely so that mankind can live on?

I’ve seen a lot of bad movies and over time, I have developed a keen appreciation for cinematic stinkbombs. I can pull some kind of entertainment from almost any movie, even the worst of the worst. But even I couldn’t get blood from the stone known as Raiders of the Damned, which is just a total clunker. I rarely regret having watched movies, but if I could turn back time, I would have skipped this one. Raiders of the Damned looks like it was shot on low end, consumer level cameras, with a cast that makes Ed Wood films seem well performed, and writing that wouldn’t earn a passing grade in junior high. The highlight of the movie has to be the special effects, which make Sega Genesis graphics look cutting edge by comparison. I was bored to tears as I watched and in the end, I cannot even recommend a rental, just avoid this one like the plague.

Video: How does it look?

Raiders of the Damned is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This looks like it was shot on a digital video camera similar to what most folks use for their home movies. In other words, the image is not refined in the least and looks like a home movie. This transfer replicates the visuals well, but the source is so limited, so don’t expect much. The image is soft and loaded with digital artifacts, jagged edges, and other issues inherent to lower end digital video cameras. The colors look decent, but unremarkable and contrast is passable, but not ideal. So this movie looks bad, but that is due to the production methods and this transfer has done what it can, which is all we can ask.

Audio: How does it sound?

The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option sounds fine, but can only do so much in this case. The source here has thin audio and some problems like muffled dialogue, distortion, and harshness. These issues are probably related to the movie’s low budget production approach, so we can’t fault this soundtrack. This mix tries to make the material sound better than it is, with decent surround presence, but it is what it is. The audio is passable, but as I said, suffers from some source related woes. This disc also includes a 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This is the last movie I wanted an audio commentary track for, but director Milko Davis and executive producer Sandra Davis have provided one. I gave it a chance, but found the session to be about as good as the movie itself. This disc also includes some still photos, as well as the film’s trailer.

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