People like, ‘Lloyd Kaufman’ (Tromeo & Juliet), and Roger Corman (Death Race 2000) and their respective companies are freakin geniuses when it comes to making some of the most awesome indie B Movie shlock there is!
I mean for a lot of the Hollywood A list of the 70 to the present, Roger Coreman helped them along with their careers… A couple of examples of this are:
1. Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables), who did the Corman film, Death Race 2000 (1975).
2. Francis Ford Coppola (The God Father), who worked with Corman on such classic as, Battle Beyond The Sun and, The Terror (1963).
3. Ron Howard (Apollo 13), who directed Grand Theft Auto in (1977), (a movie which Corman helped produce)
Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets) also is another one that Corman helped out the career of with such movies as, The Terror (1963) and Little Shop Of Horrors (1960).
And that is just a few that Roger Corman worked and helped them on their way to superstardom!
And what can I say about Lloyd Kaufman… I mean this guy’s genius and the work that he has done with Troma is heavily undervalued by the mainstream, but as far as being a B Movie Master Of Horror, the budget trash that he comes out with is both amazing and awesome… Truth me when I say that I know how weird that must sound, but it is true!
His movies are bloodier (but in the tasteful way that a lot of today’s Hollywood gorefests seem to be lacking, with amazing talent, that in my opinion are just as good (in some cases better) than today’s A listers, and the last thing that I thought that I would mention (and I admit that for the most part that universally that this is the case for most B Movies), but the writing in Kaufman/Troma’s B Movies are just as on par, or if not better than some of the crap that has come out in the new millennium… And you know what? Surf Ninja’s Must Die (1987) is one of those great examples!
Written by: Jon Ayre, & Directed by: Peter George (Young Goodman Brown). Starring: Gail Neely (Earth Girls Are Easy), Robert Harden (Dead Girls), Barry Brenner (Maniac Cop 2), Dawn Wildsmith (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers), Michael Sonye (Star Slammer), Joel Hile (Deadly Friend), Gene Mitchell (Flipping), & Tom Shell (Wind River).
This movie (which is based on the story by Ayre and George) tells the story of how after an Earthquake devastates the California coast, crime skyrockets to the level where the criminals begin to control the area around the beaches, and the Police have completely evacuated…
During this time there is a gang that has modeled themselves as, ‘Surf Nazi’s’ including the fact that they have a leader by the name of, ‘Adolf’ (Brenner), Mengele (Sonye) and even, Eva (Wildsmith)…
Now these new Surf Nazi’s are fairly brutal in their tactics (to the point where they pretty much take out just about anyone with out so much as an after thought…)
At the height of their power they decide to try and get the rest of the beach gangs to assimilate in to there new, ‘Reich’, in the end though, they end up making a mistake when one day a man by the name of Leroy (Harden) who helps out an old lady by stopping one of the Surf Nazi’s from stealing her purse… (something he ends upnot walking away from…)
After this, the tides begin to change against them, and they will have a growing fight for their lives that they may never get out of!
In the end, I really can’t say much of anything negative… I mean this movie was just plain fun, and if you are as much of a B Movie fan as I am then you might find out that you like this one as well!