Zadar! Cow from Hell
Director: Robert C. Hughes
Screenwriters: Merle Kessler
Zadar! Cow from Hell is a whimsical, even-lyrical look at a ridiculously incompetent group of low-rent filmmakers who invade a small Iowa town to make a low-budget horror movie. This offbeat comedy marks the feature-film debut of Duckâ€™s Breath Mystery Theatre.
With a screenplay by the troupeâ€™s Merle Kessler, Zadar! Cow from Hell profiles a motley collection of sleazy movie characters trying to create a movie that doesnâ€™t exist about a giant cow that, well, doesnâ€™t exist either. Caught in the puzzled center of all this nonsense is a community of skeptical Iowa townspeople, whose volunteer spirit and good-natured hospitality gradually turn to open hostility as they realize theyâ€™re as competent to make a film as these Hollywood types.â€ť Besides, the movieâ€™s so-called special-effects whiz has stuck unmovable cow horns on all of them for the mutant zombie-cow sequence.
Zadar! Cow from Hell evokes a rich midwestern sensibility and wry sense of humor in the midst of this Hollywood versus Iowa pseudoconflict, all of which is couchedâ€”after a sortâ€”in the tradition of regional storytelling.
Producer.director Robert C. Hughes first worked with the troupe on Nickelodeonâ€™s â€śOut of Controlâ€ť television program, as well as last yearâ€™s Emmy-winning childrenâ€™s series, â€śDr. Science,â€ť for the Fox Network.
- Dramatic Feature
- 1989, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 89 min.