You guys make a good point, and maybe that's why I like Zombie so much. 1980's slashers are my favorite horror sub-genre, and they're all pretty much copies of earlier works like Black Christmas, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. The thing is, just about everything has been done at this point so it's rare to see something completely original. Even newer movies like It Follows, which gets credit for bringing something new to the table, obviously borrowed from movies like Carnival of Souls and Donnie Darko.
I watched this last week. Hadn't seen it in ages. The whole Shelley/Vera situation really rubs me the wrong way now. Yeah we've all known people who have been in that situation and/or been placed in that situation ourselves. Maybe its because I'm getting older and that's why it bothers me more.
Obviously they are a mismatch. I just think Vera could have treated him a bit better instead of the ice cold shoulder but on the other hand, even if in the back of her mind she might have considered giving him a chance, him being so damn obnoxious would've killed his chances immediately. Guys like that just don't know how to act around women.
The film eases the tension a bit during their ride to the store and incident with the bikers but its too little, too late.
I also feel for Vera too. She probably wanted to have a great time and winds up being matched up with an obnoxious, virginal nerd.
They both come across as a fifth wheel in the equation though.