I Was a Teenage Zombie

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I Was a Teenage Zombie
I Was a Teenage Zombie FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byJohn Elias Michalakis
Produced by
  • Richard Hirsh
  • John Elias Michalakis
Written by
  • James Aviles Martin
  • George Seminara
  • Michael Rubin
  • Steve McCoy
  • George Seminara
  • Robert C. Sabin
  • Peter Bush
  • Allen Lewis Rickman
  • Kevin Nagle
  • Cassie Madden
Music by
  • Jonathan Roberts
  • Craig Seeman
CinematographyPeter Lewnes
Edited byJohn Elias Michalakis
Periclean Motion Pictures
Distributed by
  • Horizon Films
  • Charter Entertainment
Release date
  • July 1987 (1987-07)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

I Was a Teenage Zombie is a 1987 American comedy-horror film.[1]


The film begins like a 1980s comedy with teens looking to purchase some marijuana but turns into comedy/horror genre when a drug dealer is pushed into the river and becomes a zombie.


The film was shot on location in and around New York City, especially Brooklyn, Fort Lee, Englewood, Tenafly, Riverside Park, and Rockland County. Some of the scenes near the beginning of the film were shot at Brooklyn College in Flatbush, Brooklyn.[citation needed]

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[edit]

The film's title track was recorded by the American band The Fleshtones, and the subsequent video was given rotation on MTV. Other bands and artists appearing on the film's soundtrack include: The Del Fuegos, The dB's, Dream Syndicate, the Violent Femmes, The Waitresses, The Smithereens, Los Lobos, Alex Chilton and the Ben Vaughn Group. The original soundtrack record is out of print.


Writing in the Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle called it an "irreverent amateur parody of high school romance films in the Sixteen Candles tradition."[2] Dendle cited the film as one of the forebears of the zombie romantic comedy trend of the 1980s and 1990s.[2]


  1. ^ Variety film review; 8 July 1987
  2. ^ a b Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. p. 93–94. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6.

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