Long time readers of my blog know by now I am a lover of all things horrific. Be they masterpieces of cinema that blow the mind, literature that pokes fun at word play and puns, gore-drenched video games, or just plain shlocky awful films that transcend the terrible into pure awesome.
Today's film choice is the later.
KWEENY REVIEWS: ATOM THE AMAZING ZOMBIE KILLER!
I'm a huge Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Studios fan. They are the worst of the worst, and yet because of the love and care put into this company and it's movies, fans like myself can't help but fall in love. Horror is a great genre because it plays with extremes. It dares to explore every terrible part of the human condition, even right down the absolute stupid crap.
Troma glorifies the stupid, the sick, and the perverted. And I am glad it does.
I bring up Troma because the film I am reviewing today Atom The Amazing Zombie Killer is made in the style of Troma filmmaking. Might as well call the company Bizjack Flemco Productions a bastard child of Troma Studios. Their film is almost a love letter to Troma, and even features a cameo of the great Shlock Master of film Lloyd Kaufman.
Here, take a gander at this trailer:
So the basic premise is Atom and his pals are trying to be pro-bowlers. They get bullied by these jerks called The Slashers, a rival bowling team. They end up getting banned from the bowling alley, and their dreams of going to the finals in some bowling tourney seem dashed.
Things get weird from here on out, especially after Atom gets hit AGAIN with a bowling trophy, right after his bitch of a girlfriend leaves him to go fuck the head asshole of The Slashers.
|Poor guy. He's having quite the headache.|
For a first film it's pretty damn good. The film quality isn't bad and the sound is great. Which isn't something I can say for most first films. While the plot isn't deep and philosophical, it is fun and the dialogue in the film is silly. There are plenty of groan-worthy scenes, like when one of the characters uses a gas pump like he's humping his car with it to turn on some girls he's trying to impress...
Yeah, just let me drop my panties stat on that show of manly prowess. Snicker
There are some pretty funny gore moments in it too. One of my favorites is when they see a movie in the movie (yup, let's get meta folks) called Dr. Chaotica's House of Toxic Zombies. In the film we see a pregnant zombie give birth, and you see all the gory details of it. I was actually kind of impressed they didn’t shy away and showed the baby come right out of the zombie's vagina. She even keeps it attached to her, danging from the umbilical cord as she starts to shamble about! Then she tries to beat people with the baby dangling from between her legs! It's a sick and awesome scene!
There are so many fun characters in this too, including my favorite Areola: The Twilight Temptress of Terror! She is just friggen fabulous! If she was actually on late night TV like the horror hosts of old I would watch the HELL out of her show!
You might also spot a couple little tidbits in it that are shout outs to the horror fans. Mentions of Fangoria, posters of horror movies on walls in certain shots, and more. The fun little hints are really nice touches. The DVD itself is full of extras, with everything from a music video by The Radioactive Chicken Heads (The band that does their opening song) to director commentary. It really does feel like a Troma film that way. Troma DVDs are full of extras, and Troma likes to put posters of their other movies in their films. Bizjack Flemco Productions just likes to go all out in their film too.
So if you want a fun, gory mess with a zombie killer who isn't exactly killing zombies, then check out this film! I loved the hell out of it! “Let's Rock and Bowl!”