Saturday, May 23, 2015

Maniac Warriors (1988)

aka Empire of Ash, aka Empire of Ash II

How bad is it? It's a low-rent Mad Max clone.
Should you see it? Not really. There's almost enough for a fast-forward watch.

This film has a sequel, Empire of Ash III and how this film got released as its own sequel is probably a better story than what you get in the film itself. Its about a post-apocalyptic world heavily influenced by 80's hair bands, where rival gangs need each others' white blood cells to survive. There's surprisingly good stunt work for the low budget (which is why AIP picked it up for release) and some ridiculous moments - like a rocket launcher hat. The plot meanders and characters just appear and focus gets lost; it's not quite interesting enough to sit through.

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