Toxic Zombies

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Toxic Zombies
Toxic Zombies poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles McCrann
Produced byCharles McCrann
Written byCharles McCrann
  • Charles McCrann
  • Beverly Shapiro
  • Dennis Helfend
  • John Amplas
Music byTed Shapiro
CinematographyDavid Sperling
Edited by
  • Charles McCrann
  • David Sperling
CM Productions
Distributed byParker National Distributing
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

Toxic Zombies (also known as Bloodeaters and Forest of Fear) is a 1980 horror film directed by Charles McCrann, who also acted in the film. It was classified as a video nasty in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.


Illegal drug plantations are sprayed with the chemical Dromax by passing aeroplanes in an anti-drug initiative organised by corrupt government officials. Instead of killing the plants, the hippie growers of the crop are turned into flesh eating zombie-like creatures.


  • Charles McCrann (credited as Charles Austin) - Tom Cole
  • Beverly Shapiro - Polly Cole
  • Dennis Helfend - Hermit
  • John Amplas - Phillips

Release and controversy[edit]

The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Parker National Distributing.

Toxic Zombies is one of the films labelled a video nasty and was banned in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.[1]


Leonard Maltin qualified the film as a "bomb".[2] The film was also panned in Cinefantastique.[3] Writing in The Zombie Film Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle said, "Despite inconsistent behavior patterns and embarrassing acting, Toxic Zombies has the dubious honor of inaugurating the entire 'redneck zombie' subgenre that would thrive inexplicably in the '80s."[4]


  1. ^ Ivan-Zadeh, Larushka (June 21, 2013). "World War Z: Watch out Brad Pitt, the zombies are taking over Hollywood". Metro. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Maltin, Leonard (1999). Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1999. Penguin Group. p. 139. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  3. ^ Cinefantastique. 15: 59. 1985. The Bloodeaters, later known as Forest of Fear and Toxic Zombies, but still bad under any name. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. pp. 173–174. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6.

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