It’s 1989 and Robby is working at the Funcave arcade making pizzas. Some may not think very much of Robby’s job, but he loves working there and takes it very seriously. Then, one day, a freak accident pulls Robby into the pizza oven and just like that, no more Robby. Even though his body isn’t there, as the years pass, Robby is still around, passing through the electrical circuits of the video games, the wiring, and the machines. Turn the calendar to 2014. Tiffany is now the video game wizard and her favorite game that she has mastered is Ms Pac-Man. It seems so effortless for her as if she gets help from the machine once in a while. Then, one day, she is harassed by a sleezy guy named Chris. Tiffany doesn’t like Chris much…and neither does Robby.
Zero Lives Remaining brings back a chunk of my childhood – the Saturday afternoon draining of quarter after quarter in those classic standup arcade games – and melds a tidy little horror story with it. Cesare uses a bit of Wes Craven’s Shocker along with grabby doses of ectoplasm, ala Ghostbusters to go along with a world of sights and sounds that those of us who grew up in the 80s know quite well. The storytelling is crisp to go with the memorable characters and unforgettable, over-the-top kills. Good stuff.
4 killer Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Sues out of 5
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