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Machine Head (2000)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | Video 2004
A teenager creates a machine to raise the dead for a science experiment. Things go terribly wrong....




Credited cast:
Jessica Bartz Jessica Bartz ... Little Girl
Ginger Blanchatt Ginger Blanchatt ... Principal Brown
Rich Cowden Rich Cowden ... Machine Head
Chris George Chris George ... Mr. Beck
Darren Harward Darren Harward ... Max's Friend
Stephanie Kampf Stephanie Kampf ... Accident Victim
Pat Kelley Pat Kelley ... Widow
Tammy Kramer Tammy Kramer ... News Reporter
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller ... Science Student
Dannon Nicks Dannon Nicks ... Jock #3
Joe Prescott Joe Prescott ... Corpse
Jason Rhein Jason Rhein ... Jock #1
Luke Richards Luke Richards ... Jock #2
Sondraya Rowe Sondraya Rowe ... Sally Kates
Mark Scofield Mark Scofield ... Cop #1


A teenager creates a machine to raise the dead for a science experiment. Things go terribly wrong....

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Recycling has a whole new meaning


Comedy | Horror


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2004 (USA) See more »

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Schmooxen Frog See more »
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Filmed in Grand Junction, Colorado See more »


In the first scene, the "dead body" moves his head after falling off of the embalming table. See more »


Referenced in WildCat (2007) See more »

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Amusing zombie movie.
19 April 2007 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

Max is a geeky high school genius who gets harassed by his peers and pressured by his father to follow in his career footsteps by becoming a mortician. What they don't know is that Max does intend on doing this and has been working a secret project for the Science Fair: re-animating life. He believes his invention will make him world famous and he will finally get respect. After testing on animals, Max steals a corpse from his dad's mortuary, and successfully brings it back to life--by attaching an engine to its head! But Max has not mastered control of Machine Head and all hell breaks loose when he unveils his pet project at the Science Fair.

"Machine Head" is a good example of how fun a no-budget film can be. It is a nice blend of Frankenstein-esquire horror and absurd comedy that never takes itself too seriously. For example, when Max's dad tries to convince him that what he is doing is immoral, babbling something about life and death, Max screams back, "Shut up! You sound like the Discovery Channel!"

Many of the characters are annoying and clichéd, and most of the high school kids look like they are in their late 20s/early 30s. The performances are mostly over-the-top, and that works at times, but it can also get severely grating (Max, in typical "mad scientist" fashion, is always wild-eyed and screaming). But overall, these performances are much better than what you see in other recent Z-grade horror movies. The best performance comes from the guy who plays Machine Head. It is hilarious watching him stumble around, clearly annoyed and unhappy about coming back to life with an engine attached to his head. For a movie about re-animation, the movie unfortunately skimps on gore. The gore that is there doesn't look particularly gory, which is likely due to budget restraints.

"Machine Head" is basically a "Re-Animator" rip-off, but it is entertaining and a silly good time. It pokes fun at itself and the Frankenstein story, but doesn't take itself too seriously. For a little-to-no budget movie, it is well-made and worth checking-out.

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