“Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D” (1991) a.k.a “Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Terror” is a parody of Night of the Living Dead.
It (unsurprisingly) holds the world record for being the film with the longest title.
The film is often shortened to NOTDOT (so that’s what we will use here for now – if only to preserve the lifespan of our keyboard), is a horror parody written and voiced by James Riffel.
Riffel took the original Night of the Living Dead from 1968, ripped the soundtrack out, and then proceeded to overdub his own version changing the script completely. What you have left is the original black and white footage, interspersed with a few additional scenes and frames added by Riffel, and his comedic overdubs that skews the original plot into a strange parallel dimension.
In Riffel’s version, he latches on to the social commentary theme that was somewhat forced on the original film, and uses the ‘zombies’ as shorthand for the mindless consumer drones of the public who have been crushed by modern life and are now trying to exact their revenge on the more fortunate.
Riffel uses the alias ‘Lowell Mason’ in the movie, who is presented as being the person responsible for finding huge flaws in the original Romero script….so he takes it upon himself to re-dub the entire film.
The film opens with scrolling text that sets the plot up as follows:
Our story begins in the near future. The stress and pressure of everyday living has divided the U.S into two sections. One is the burnt out overworked zombies who are gathering their forces to crush and devour the other section, The Normals, who have managed somehow not to crack under the pressure.
We begin our story with John and Barbara, two Normals, paying their respects to a friend at the graveyard. At the present time they have no idea that the U.S has been divided into these armies. But soon they’ll find out….oh yes, they’ll find out
The film then moves into the graveyard scene from Night of the Living Dead with Riffel’s overdubs pretty much setting the tone of what the next hour and a half will be like. Just so you have a flavor of what you are getting into here, the opening line of the film is by Brad who says to Barbara: “Correct me if I’m wrong but I think one of life’s greatest pleasures is sitting down on a warm toilet seat and hanging a crap the size of a Buick”
From here on in, the film pretty much follows the action from Romero’s original….except with the absurd plot generated by Riffel’s audio.
NOTDOT enjoyed a limited release and was actually distributed to 500 video stores in the U.S, and from there it achieved a cult status after word of its existence spread via word of mouth. NOTDOT also enjoyed a short appearance on the big screen when it was shown at the 2005 Horror Film Festival in New York.
NOTDOT is another interesting footnote in the rich history of Night of the Living Dead (with Night of the Living Bread being another, which was released the year before this), and whilst it doesn’t always hold your attention for the full film, it definitely has its moments.
This is bawdy toilet humor from start to finish, so if you aren’t expecting a sophisticated comedy, then you’ll probably find something to enjoy here. Sometimes the jokes are not funny and rely on dated and lazy stereotypes for the humour, and other times they totally hit the mark. If South Park made a zombie film, then it might end up a little like this.
This is a film best served with plenty of alcohol and a group of likeminded friends.
Watch ‘Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D (1991)’: