HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen
Porky’s II: The Next Day
It Happened Here
Giant from the Unknown
211
Top of the Bill
Set It Off
No Way Out
Traffik
Pitch Perfect 3
Insidious: The Last Key
Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, The
Dirty Carnival, A
King of Hearts
Crowhurst
And the Same to You
Racer and the Jailbird
Superman and the Mole-Men
Phantom Thread
Sweet Country
Loophole
Irma La Douce
Brigsby Bear
Wish Upon
Gringo
Finding Vivian Maier
Shape of Water, The
Lady Bird
Endless, The
Universal Soldier: The Return
   
 
Newest Articles
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
And It Was the Dirtiest Harry We Have Seen in a Very Long Time: The Dirty Harry Series
Manor On Movies: The Astounding She Monster
Manor On Movies: Don't be a dolt. That's not a cult (movie)
Wes Anderson's Big Daddies: Steve Zissou and Others
Bad Taste from Outer Space: Galaxy of Terror and Xtro
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
Roll Up, Get Yer Free Cinema: The Shorts on the BFI Woodfall Blu-rays
Time for Heroes: The Dam Busters and How I Won the War
Hell is a City: Midnight Cowboy and Taxi Driver
Boris Goes Bonkers, Bela Goes Bats: The Old Dark House and Mark of the Vampire
Charles Bronson's Mid-70s: Breakheart Pass and Others
Kids in America: The Breakfast Club vs Metropolitan
   
 
  Junk The Dead Walk... SlowlyBuy this film here.
Year: 1999
Director: Atsushi Muroga
Stars: Kaori Shimamur, Osamu Ebara, Nobuyuki Asano, Tate Gouta, Natsuki Ozawa
Genre: Horror, Trash
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: After his wife dies in a car crash, a Japanese scientist sets about developing a drug that will restore life to the dead. But while the drug – codename DNX – does re-animate the dead, it also turns them into flesh-hungry zombies, so the project is shut down. Meanwhile, a quartet of violent thieves perform a diamond heist and arrange to meet a Yakuza gang out by a deserted factory in order to sell the jewellry onto them. Unfortunately for all concerned, this factory was the base for the experiments with DNX, and there's something moving deep within it...

Like the last 20 years never happened, Junk taps straight into the vein of post-Romero zombiedom once so favoured by Italians like Lucio Fulci and Bruno Mattei. There's not an original thought in its head – the DNX serum looks exactly like Re-Animator's bright green reagent, the bloody head shots are pure Dawn of the Dead, and there's a mass gut-chewing 'hot lunch' straight out of Zombie Flesh Eaters. It's full of stupid people doing stupid things, and these zombies move soooo slowly that the victims have to wait around for ages if they want any chance of being eaten. The acting is negligible and it's never explained why the Yakuza boss looks like a transvestite wrestler, or why the scientist's now-undead wife suddenly develops a platinum-bob haircut (she does spend most the film with her clothes off, mind).

There are some cheesy pleasures to be had here, and those looking for a quick fix of splatter won't be disappointed by the high level of gut-spilling and limb-munching. But Junk lacks the energy this kind of this thing really needs – director Atsushi Muroga has a few neat camera tricks but he's no Sam Raimi. For a far superior slice of Japanese Yakuza/zombie mayhem check out Ryuhei Kitamura's cult gem Versus.

Aka: Shiryour Gari
Reviewer: Daniel Auty

 

This review has been viewed 5948 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Stately Wayne Manor
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Jamie Nichols
Andrew Pragasam
George White
   

 

Last Updated: