Director – Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man)
Starring – John Beaton Hill (Deadly Famous, Let There Be Peace), Michael Correll, and Kelly Anchors
Release Date – 1992
Rating – 3/5
Tagline – “Guts. Gore. Blood. Babes. All in a day’s work for… Ninja Zombie!”
Several months back I saw a post on social media for the 1992 S.O.V. horror action film Ninja Zombie. Those of you that know me know that I love movies that are out there so this was one I had to own. While I was completing my American Genre Film Archive collection I went ahead and grabbed a copy of Ninja Zombie on DVD that was a joint release with Bleeding Skull. I’m so glad I did because this movie was fucking bonkers.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows an archeologist who is being harassed by a kung-fu cult to find an ancient relic they need. He turns to his martial arts friend for protection and accidentally gets him killed. He turns to the dark arts and uses a spell to raise him back from the grave. He then uses his undead friend to fight the evil before they can get the relic.**Spoiler alert**
I really enjoyed this one. Sure, it was a fucking train wreck for the most part but I really liked how much fun it was. The story was predictable, the acting was very backyardish, and the effects were laughable but I can’t deny that the movie entertained.
The acting in this one is pretty laughable but you can really tell the cast had fun with it. The characters are very bold and unforgettable. The cast tries but their performances in some of the scenes falls very short which will leave the viewer laughing.
The story for this one is very predictable especially if you just read the title of the film. A martial arts master dies, is reanimated and forced to protect his friend and loved ones from an evil cult. Pretty predictable but still a fun no-budget ride.
Finally, the effects are very poor. I’ve seen films made with no budget by a group of teenagers in their grandma’s backyard have better effects than this. I did like the prosthetics on the ninja zombie’s face but that’s the extent of it. Overall, Ninja Zombie is another one of those films you can really enjoy with some friends and a few beers. The film is bad but it’s still fun. I highly recommend checking out this release from AGFA and Bleeding Skull.