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I recently saw the multi-award winning ‘The Wrestler’ on the big screen, and loved all the OTT wrestling action, but I felt that there was just something missing from all the serious self-destructive character story-lines. True, it had plenty of strippers but where were all the dudes in stupid wrestling masks taking on a trained army of the undead? I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that this is the reason it missed out at Oscars.
Thankfully I discovered a movie that fills in all the blanks from The Wrestler, and removes all the boring plot. “Enter…Zombie King.”
Featuring a cast of Mexican-wrestling-mask wearing heroes, (who wear their masks constantly, even when chilling out drinking beers on the veranda) who travel the country for some reason on another. Ulysses is the main hero here, who rocks on up at an old mates house – who is also a wrestler – to stay for a few days. He hears that there is a rival wrestler in town who is planning on wrestling a bunch of ‘live’ zombies in the ring. Obviously thinking these zombies can’t be trusted he pops along with his crew to witness this event.
Unfortunately for all concerned, while inside watching the match a couple of chicks are attacked outside and one gets killed by some feral Zombies, and it’s the zombie wrestler Tiki who gets the blame. However, Tiki’s zombies have been neutered so it must be another sort of undead that killed off the young lady, so the whole team of masked heroes set off to discover what’s been happening with these killer zombies.
Featuring copious amounts of nudity, loads of fantastic wrestling-action and a bad guy with possibly the greatest villain name in history ‘Murderliser’, “Enter… Zombie King” is outstanding from start to finish. OK, the acting is pretty sub-par and the gore effects are mostly of the Plastic-Jokeshop-Limb variety but it all works so superbly together none of that matters, and in-fact it just adds to the enjoyment. Why do they never take off their masks? Who cares. How come nobody seems bothered that zombies have roamed the forest for years? So what. Why would anyone sunbathe in the snow wearing a wrestling mask? Pah! Just go with the flow and enjoy the action. Heck, if actual Wrestling was this exciting I’d start watching that instead of the UFC!
Gore Score C
Norks Score B
Originality Score A
Overall Score B+