Oy vey! That crazy poisoned matzo makes the gentle Jews into flesh-crazed zombies; I think Iím gonna plotz!
On the first night of Passover, responding to a domestic disturbance call in a small Jewish bungalow community, an expendable police officer is suddenly faced with an army of reanimated kosher corpses, who proceed to nosh on his heathen tuchus. Full of energy from their Seder meal, the Hasidic monsters menace a nice Gentile family (and their pig, Larry) trying to have a proper Christian meal. They are barely holding their own against the Christ-killing zombies when a savior appears in the form of an Elvis-coiffed hero on a John Deere tractor by the name of JohnnyÖJohnny Liebowitz. But donít worry: he was only raised by Jews. He is immune to the Hitler-poisoned Matzos, but knows the ways of the Jews, and so is the best man for the job of exterminating them. And as it so happens, he knows exactly what the secret weapon is. Poor Larry.
Night of the Living Jews is an epically clumsy short film (21 minutes long). I cannot tell if it is so awful on purpose, a stylistic choice to mimic the horror films of the late 50ís and early 60ís that it draws inspiration from, or if the cast and crew just suck. Either way, I donít really care: it has a menorah full of audacity, and you just canít go wrong with something striving so hard to be offensive. Every conceivable facet of Orthodox Judaism is lampooned, and donít think you Gentiles are safe either: the family being terrorized is the worst sort of milquetoast, WASPy unit imaginable. And Johnny is just, well, a dick.
The special effects arenít that special, and the performances are routinely wooden (as well as the dialog, especially that of Johnny, being poorly synced), but once again, that may have been a Lost Skeleton of Cadavra type gimmick. The budget was non-existent, though, as can be evidenced by the obvious use of the Troma melon full of hamburger meat head squashing. The final battle with the antlered Rabbi is quite short (he has antlers because he is a country Jew; only city Jews have horns). I would be tempted to think this was just a short put together to try to get funding for a full length feature, if it were not for the very final looking packaging of the DVD. But then again, Iím not sure how much more mileage they could get out of this concept.
Anyone watching a movie called Night of the Living Jews probably doesnít need me to tell them to bring their sense of humor to the fore while watching it. If you have thick skin and a love of irreverence and bad movies, this film was tailor made for you. Fun for parties, and for offending your more conservative friends. Just donít expect more than the one gag stretched taut over the 21 minute runtime. Oh, and there are boobies. So, you know, that is always good.