The Curse of the Screaming Dead is a 1982 American horror film directed by Tony Malanowski. It was later picked up for distribution by Troma Entertainment and retitled Curse of the Cannibal Confederates.
The film follows six young friends who unwillingly raise the undead corpses of Confederate soldiers, resulting in what the video box promises as a “a finger-licking good fright film“.
The film is a remake, of sorts. It’s based on a 1981 movie that director Tony Malanowski had collaborated with “star” Steve “The Sandman” Sankuhler, known as Night of Horror. The former feature was also about dead Confederate soldiers tormenting a bunch of dirty hippies in a Winnebago.
In his book, All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, Troma CEO Lloyd Kaufman lists this among the five worst films in Troma’s library (that’s baaaaaad). Amongst the films more notable flaws is the lack of a single Confederate uniform.
“Curse is the movie every young horror fan aspires to shoot when they walk through an old graveyard in the woods. Except that it contains bad acting, bad effects and no scares or humor. Aside from that, it’s pretty good. Poor video quality makes the film dark and grainy, due to its budget and time period. However, Charlie Barnett’s original score is decent. It’s hacked up pretty badly by the editing though.” Horrorview.com
“Aside from the little merit in the gut-crunching, I am hard pressed to think of anything else notable about Curse of the Cannibal Confederates. It is truly the absolute pits in almost every aspect that you find in films. And don’t get me wrong – this isn’t the kind of awfulness that’s funny – it’s so bad as to be almost unwatchable. So bad, that even Troma should blush for believing it warranted a re-release.” The Unknown Movies
“The dialogue is howlingly bad at times, the acting is terrible (it’s one of those movies where the actors try to express great emotion by hanging their mouth open and getting a vacant expression in their eyes), the music is annoyingly bad (especially during the zombie attack scenes), and all the human characters become so unlikeable during the length of the movie that you’ll be quite surprised that the script allowed any of them to survive.” Dave Sindelar, Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings
There is a chapter dedicated to Tony Malanowski’s movies in Stephen Thrower’s epic Nightmare USA book.