When muscle-bound teen baseball player Tony (Jon-Mikl Thor) does a good deed by stopping a grocery store robbery, he’s rewarded by getting run down by a bunch of stupid teenage joyriders. Luckily, there’s a voodoo priestess in the neighborhood and, while she can’t revive Tony permanently, she can bring him back as a zombie so he can kill those who killed him. Soon, Zombie Tony is killing all of the teens (including Tia Carrere) and Detective Tom Churchman (Adam West) is on the case. Detective Churchman, however, has a previous connection to both the voodoo priestess and the murder of Tony’s father.
Zombie Nightmare is best known for later being shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was one of the best episodes of MST 3K but Zombie Nightmare is just as great even without commentary from Mike and the Bots. This film features Jon-Mikl Thor, Adam West, Tia Carrere, zombies, and a heavy metal soundtrack that features Girlschool, Virgin Steel, Thor, and Motorhead! What more do you need? Jon-Mikl Thor is actually really convincing as the zombie and it’s always interesting to see Adam West play a role straight. West even gets to be the bad guy here, and he does it without winking at the camera once.
Jon-Mikl Thor followed up Zombie Nightmare with the even better Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare. He was also the subject of a recent and revealing documentary, I Am Thor, which should be required viewing for anyone who thinks they want to be a star.