Title: Scorched Heat

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Year: 1987

Genre: Horror / Comedy / Supernatural / Zombies

Language: English

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Peter Borg

Writer: Peter Borg, Johan Dernelius, Anders Jönsson

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0148710

Tormented by the evil spirit of the teacher that Eric accidentally killed with his friend Steve when they were little. Eric, who still lives in Sweden, writes a desperate letter to Steve, who's in America now, telling him that he plans to finally tell the truth about what happened the night their teacher died. Steve decides to head back to Sweden to help out his old friend, but his wife Linda joins him on his trip. A decision she will soon regret as both Steve and Linda learn that Eric isn't going crazy and suffering from delusions, the spirit of their teacher is back and he's looking for revenge.

Our thoughts:
As usual, with "Scorched Heat" I never bothered to find out what it was about when I first came across the title. Saw the words "rare" and "obscure" pop up in the general info on the movie, and doing a basic search for it turned up nothing. So, without even trying to find more information by going beyond a superficial internet search, or taking the time to read a basic plot outline, I snatched this movie up. All I knew was that it was a rare Swedish zombie flick, and that was good enough for me. Yet, I wonder why I end up watching so much garbage.

The opening of the movie isn't so bad; one of our leads, Eric, stumbles into a church obviously spooked and through hallucinations sees a zombie-ghost. So right of the bat we get to see the villainous spook that will be haunting our protagonists, and it's actually rather cool looking. This gleeful optimism of impressive zombie makeup is short lived when the movie then goes on to expose the plotline of two kids who accidentally end up killing one of their teachers when they were young...Really? No, really, how many times do we need to go down this road about kids being stupid, like always, and end up killing somebody? Anyways, because Eric has gone bat-shit crazy and threatens to expose the truth of the incident, his friend and partner in crime Steve, (who lives in America now) decides to fly back to Sweden to help his friend. His wife goes with him, they both see that Eric is not crazy and that the ghost of the teacher is really there, spooky stuff goes down, they try to defeat the ghost...Yadda, yadda, yadda. Whether you know the plot before you go into the movie or you find out what it is within that first 15 minute time span, you'll know how the rest of goes, because these setups always play out the same.

The lack of an original storyline aside, (To be fair though, I wasn't really expecting one and it doesn't really effect the movie that much.) the one thing that I could not figure out about "Scorched Heat" was what kind of horror movie it was trying to be. In the beginning, the movie plays out like a typical supernatural horror movie and does try to be genuinely scary. I'll admit, it does even have its moments but when Steve arrives in Sweden and at Eric’s place it switches gears. The movie's tone now bounces between straight horror and comedy. With that, you could obviously call it a horror comedy but the movie tries to be a little more subtle with its humor instead of flat out playing on the comedy. When Steve's wife is attacked by a Howdy Doody looking puppet with a rather large knife, (and it hisses while it does this) you'll be sitting there wondering if you were suppose to laugh at that or if you were suppose to be scared. That, unfortunately, is how most of these scenes end up playing out. You never quite know how or what the appropriate response should be to these scenes or what the director was intending with them. Not to mention these scenes are often obligated to the movie's theme of, "Is this real, or is this a hallucination from the evil spirit?" Much like the plot, just another tired and worn out shtick and quite frankly, is a game that I really don't like to play anymore because of how often it's done.

I think the only thing "Scorched Heat" has to offer the viewer is the feeling of nostalgia from all those days and nights spent watching cheese horror movies from the 80's. There really isn't anything else that you can get out of the movie. It is considered to be a zombie movie but there is really only one zombie and even then it's not technically a zombie, more along the lines of a ghost. Since there are only three characters to the story, there is no gore or anything else that might have made the movie remotely interesting. Only mediocre supernatural scares that really don't do anything other than make your eyes roll. Adding all that with this humor element that is constantly brought in and taken out at random, often which is hard to tell if it was intentional or not. It's really hard to find any reason to take the time to watch "Scorched Heat" unless you are looking to relive those days of renting bad horror movies with moderate levels of cheese.

Positive things:
- Did a good job on the look for the zombie-ghost.
- There are a few good scenes in it.
- For a Swedish production, the cast does a pretty good job of speaking English.
Negative things:
- Too clichéd to be fun, and there's nothing that made the movie worth watching.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

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