With its namesake and a tag-line of “There Will Be Bud” you would expect Bong of the Dead to be a humourous B-grade film combining the campy appeal of weed exploitation and zombie horror films. Don’t hold your toke though- Bong of the Dead is about as potent as a bong-hit of cabbage. Frankly, it plain sucks, failing to even attain so-bad-it’s-good status as one would hope would be this film’s saving grace.
The film follows main characters, Edwin and Tommy, two stoner buddies who discover they can cultivate a particularly potent strand of weed by using fertilizer made from zombies, of which their has been a recent outbreak. Along their journey to find more zombies they encounter Leah, a lone female survivor who is battle-ready and has little time for the two stoners antics at first. A hedonistic night of hard drinking and smoking quickly changes her mind however and she joins them. Together they use an SUV modified with a row of lawnmowers for a bull-bar to rectify the zombie problem- with results you could imagine.
Reportedly made for a ridiculously low sum of money, it’s obvious this film would hardly be vying to be taken seriously. The acting is terrible and although this would be forgivable or even expected in a film like this, the dialogue does nothing to help the cause, with no classic B-grade irony to counterbalance the crudeness. Without substance at all to the film (pardon the pun) it grows tiresome very quickly. Jokes about gingers and crude fart jokes is the furtherest extent of the humour making it hard to believe that even the dumbest of frat boys would raise a small chuckle to this film. If it wasn’t for the need to write a review for it I would’ve stopped watching it ten minutes in. The only redeeming feature of this film is the gore, however there are plenty of good gore films out there with much better acting and dialogue, so this nullifies any need to see this film.
So if you’re looking for a great film full of zombie gore and hazy weed smoke…don’t watch this film. Instead watch Brain Dead aka Dead Alive and a Cheech and Chong film back-to-back and let your mind do the rest of the work. It would be time much better spent than watching this steaming (or should I say smoking?) pile of crap.
Available on DVD from MVD Visual.