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The chicken has declared jihad on us all!

"Humans... the other white meat... Unless you're black, then it's dark meat... Or if you are Asian, then it's yellow meat... Or if you are Native American, it's red meat..."

Arbie and Wendy just finished high school. They celebrate it by having sex on a burial ground of a local Tromahawk tribe, and during the act they promise that while Wendy is leaving town to study, they will stay true to each other. A year later, Arbie meets Wendy again, on a protest of the American Chicken Bunker fast-food net's intrusions against rich cultural history of the area and their slaughter of millions of innocent chickens. But alas for Arbie — in the meantime, she became a "left-wing lipstick lesbian liberal." In disgust over it, and to spite his ex-girlfriend, Arbie gets a job at the American Chicken Bunker. One problem: it's built on that Indian burial ground, as Arbie finds out... in song.

It's a Troma B-Movie, and it says all.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    Arbie: My girlfriend has become a left-wing lipstick lesbian liberal!
  • Alien Blood: The chicken zombies have green blood.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Carl Jr. loves him some bestiality, and doesn't mind doing it to animal carcasses as well.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Humus attempts this with meat steroids, which ends badly. However, she ends up defeating all of the chicken zombies with a suicide bomb.
    • Not to mention Paco saving the heroes from the Chief Zombie Chicken after having been eaten by it.
  • Body Horror: People turning into chicken zombies are only one example.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When it's discovered the Indian chicken zombies are vulnerable to alcohol, Arbie turns straight to the camera and gives a speech acknowledging the misery the introduction of alcohol brought to Native American communities.
  • Double Entendre: You can guess what kind of jokes the Troma guys couldn't refuse themselves when a chicken zombie was grabbed by throat...
  • Eye Scream: Several customers get their eyes gouged out, which are then placed on an egg carton.
  • Fanservice: Plenty of it, and perhaps even more of...
  • Fan Disservice: Mikki, Wendy's "girlfriend" looks like a turkey a week after Thanksgiving, before you boil it for soup. This is a Lloyd Kaufman movie. Needless to say, we will see her topless, whether we want to or not.
  • Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit: General Lee, the head ACB guy.
  • Gorn: All over the place.
  • Fingore: When General Lee Roy starts turning into an egg, his fingernails start peeling off and he pulls one off.
  • Head Crushing: ACB mascot/chicken zombie/future!Arbie kills a priest by stomping on his head.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Humus performs one in the end, using an explosive belt (that she apparently kept hidden under her niqab all the time) to blow up the restaurant and destroy the remaining zombies.
  • Hulking Out: Humus tries to perform a Bigdamn Heroes through this by guzzling up a tank of meat steroids. It doesn't end well for her. She gets better for the ending though, for unexplained reasons.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: Humus, despite being a stereotypical caricature of an Islamic Middle Easterner, is a proud American patriot who commits a Heroic Sacrifice in the name of democracy.
  • Indian Burial Ground:
    Ron Jeremy: "You fools! This restaurant is built on ancient Tromahawk Tribe sacred Indian Burial Ground! Get out while you still can! Get out! Save yourselves! Save yourselves... Uh, I'll have the Sloppy Jose Value Meal."
  • Meaningful Name: All the main characters are named after fast-food chains.
  • The Musical: That's right. It's a musical.
  • Nice Guy: Humus, despite being a somewhat offensive stereotype of a Muslim woman, is by all accounts the only truly decent person in the film, almost never swearing and sacrificing herself to save the others twice.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When the movie really gets going, we get Native American chicken zombies.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: American Chicken Bunker and its KFC Colonel-expy.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: Parodied when Humus removes her burka to reveal a much taller, white, blonde actress whose lines are as obviously dubbed as an anime.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Two words: Chicken zombies.
  • Portmantitle: Poultrygeist... poultry and poltergeist. See, it's poultry-themed version of Poltergeist!
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: General Lee Roy fights off a zombie chicken in the bathroom while In The Hall of The Mountain King is playing in the background.
  • Raising the Steaks: Chicken zombies aren't too happy about being eaten.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Basically, THE ENTIRE MOVIE, which makes sense given the creator.
  • Sex Signals Death: Paco jerks off into the meat grinder in one scene, right before a zombie chicken pushes him in it.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Played for Laughs. The child lays an egg at the end, causing everyone to panic and car losing control as a result, killing everyone inside.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: A Muslim ACB employee sends the others running for cover — in fear of her being one of these — whenever she says things like "I'm gonna explode!", to her understandable dismay. Then it turns out she had a bomb belt under her niqab the entire time. Subverted however since she uses it to destroy the haunted restaurant (for democracy).
  • Toilet Humor: Tons of it. In addition, there are a couple of scenes that show a gross amount of excrement.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Paco is both Hispanic and gay.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Humus suddenly returning perfectly intact after literally exploding is explained by her quickly saying there's No Time to Explain.
  • Voice Grunting: Due to her lower face being covered by her burka, a majority of Humus' non-verbal reactions are communicated by her loudly grunting like a cartoon character (along with a large amount of Eye Takes).
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The chicken zombies are vulnerable to alcohol, since they're actually the Native American chicken zombies.
  • Weight Loss Horror: Mixed with Cursed with Awesome, as Jared finds himself ecstatic over a thin version of himself ripping out of his morbidly obese body (though he does lack skin).
  • Workplace Horror: A fast food restaurant built over an Indian burial ground, which results in zombified chickens.