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Zombie Ass ("Zonbi asu")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2011
  • 85 mins
  • HD
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Hosted by Director/Co-Writer Noboru Iguchi and Co-Producer Yasuhiko Fukuda

Official Selection, Fantastic Fest 2011
Official Selection, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2012

“Disgusting? Definitely. Funny? Absolutely!!” — Scott Shoyer, TWISTED CENTRAL

Seeking to save his diseased daughter, a maniacal scientist has creating a strain of phallic, worm-like mini-monsters whose eggs are planted in human hosts and then spawn, ALIEN-style. Soon enough, the big-ass, starving tapeworm thingies (INVASION FROM MARS, anyone?) are turning people into flesh-hungry, brownish zombies (oh crap!). A motley crew of walking stereotypes (a big-breasted bimbo, her horny douchebag lover, the comic-relief geek, a not-so-traditional schoolgirl...) goes camping in a mini-van (like in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), when they get attacked by one of these farting flesh-eaters, of course. In an homage to George Romero’s living-dead oeuvre, they barricade themselves inside a nearby house and try to survive this nasty outbreak with vast array of weapons — axe, shotgun, baseball bat, nail gun, any old thing. And don’t worry, there are enough turds, diarrhea and projectile vomit to please even the most rabid BAD TASTE aficionados. Yes, it’s that crazy. Flatulent damsels versus fecal zombies? Just wait till you see the maggot-queen! Crap-tastic!

Subtitled TOILET OF THE DEAD, this episode of excremental excess from Noboru Iguchi (MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD, last year’s KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR) is grindhouse as all hell, from the hilarious trailer and funky opening credits to its references to cult-film classics like RE-ANIMATOR and SPIDER BABY, and its delicious early-’80s score (SUSPIRIA meets HALLOWEEN). Throw in some flashback bullying, numerous butt cracks, monsters care of FX freak Yoshihiro Nishimura, tentacle erotica (!) and some Cronenberg-style body-horror in a Troma vernacular (read: plenty of kinky nudity and cheap gore galore), and you get the idea here (sort of). The cast includes usual Sushi Typhoon suspects such as Asami from Iguchi’s MACHINE GIRL, TOKYO GORE POLICE’s Tenkaro Kishi and their friends Kentaro Shimazu and Demo Tanaka (both also seen in Iguchi’s ROBO-GEISHA as well). With its below-the-belt humour and outrageous toilet gore, this messy, taboo-busting new Sushi Typhoon flick will have the midnight crowd laughing its ass off, that’s for sure. Better put on a diaper, just in case.

— Kristof G.