Wild Zero (2000)
Directed by Tetsuro Takeuchi
Starring Guitar Wolf, Masashi End
Worst Movie Ever Made would have been quite a fitting tagline for Wild Zero especially since its readily comparable with Edward D. Wood Jrs. Plan 9 from Outer Space yet like that infamous piece of junk Wild Zero is a big hit on the cult circuit.
So what do you get for your money?
Hundreds of wobbly yellow UFOs surrounding the Earth, a cast that couldnt act their way out of a paper bag, transsexual love, a gang boss running round in what appear to be Hot Pants, you need to have lived through the 70s to remember them.
Of course you also get Rock nRoll in the form of ultra loud Japanese garage band Guitar Wolf and millions of zombies complete with the prerequisite exploding heads.
I have to wonder if the point of the film was to create something so horrendously bad! No effort has gone into creating anything that could possibly be misconstrued as a plot. It seems to merely be a celebration of a group that are proud of being the loudest in the world. Guitar Wolf, loud and proud, flaming microphones, flaming motor cycles, flaming everything, with the sound that could be readily compared with Motorhead on a bad day but an image that goes even further back to 50s America, definitely a strong James Dean influence going on.
So whos gonna save the Earth from the zombies and the UFOs? whos gonna make everything right? whos gonna scream Rock nRoll throughout the film? Do I really need to tell you?
Why is this such a big cult hit then? Well part of it has to be because it is such a phenomenally bad film, but another plus point is that apparently on the US dvd, there is a built in drinking game, the rules of which are:
You have a drink whenever -
1. Someone says/yells ROCK N' ROLL!!!!!!
2. Something shoots fire/explodes
3. Someone combs their hair
4. Someone in the movie drinks
5. A zombie's head explodes
I couldnt imagine anyone getting through the film at that rate, even if it was just someone combing their hair.
So one to avoid unless youre in the mood for a trashy night with your mates and fancy the challenge of a suicidal drinking game.
BBFC rated 18
R2 dvd released by Artsmagic.
R1 dvd released by Synapse With drinking game.