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  • James Hong plays here Dr.Elison Po,a famous winemaker who lives in a tropical island mansion.He is actually centuries old,but keeps his youthful appearance thanks to a jade amulet he stole from his mother(Vivian Lee)as a child.But the amulet is wearing out,and every so often Po ages hundreds of years unless he drinks human blood.To satisfy his needs,he has lots of women chained in his dungeon.One of his employees,a German film producer(Karl Heinz Teuber)brings a group of would-be actors and actresses and the slaughter begins!"The Vineyard" is an enjoyable horror-adventure filled with nudity and violence.There are zombies buried in the vineyard who keep rising from their graves every few minutes,crossbow battles,swordfights etc.I love the scene when a girl starts coughing up spiders while brushing her teeth!Despite rather amateurish acting this film isn't really bad(I've seen worse!)and I would highly recommend it to horror/zombie fans.
  • bigboybhatia14 July 2003
    4/10
    Okay
    The movie wasn't great, but it had it's moments. I think James Hong did a good job and found his character quite creepy. Some of the scenes including the spider scene were pretty scary! The fight scenes were quite good, especially when the preppy guy and his girlfriend were working together to defeat Po's big, burly bodyguards.

    Most of the cast are one hit wonders (if you consider this movie to be a "hit"). They made sure to hire a young, good-looking cast including the gorgeous Karen Witter who played Jezebel. Dr. Po may have been 1000 years old, but his choice of a spouse was right on the money!
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    Famous wealthy winemaker and film producer Dr. Elson Po (a deliciously hammy James Hong) has discovered a special potion and magic amulet which enables him to stay youthful and live forever. He invites seven attractive young folks to his remote island winery so he can feed on their lifeforce. Po chooses lovely aspiring actress Jezebel Fairchild (the ravishingly gorgeous Karen Witter, Playboy's March 1982 Playmate of the Month) to be his bride. Clumsily directed with a startling lack of competence by Hong and William Rice, with an incredibly dumb and trashy script by Hong, Douglas Kondo and James Marlowe which blends exotic black arts mumbo jumbo and hoary mad scientist clichés into a spectacularly ungodly brew, this entertainingly awful atrocity possesses all the right crummy stuff to qualify as a great deal of infectiously schlocky fun: we've got some tasty gratuitous nudity, a smidgen of soft-core sex, dreadful dialogue ("Castrate him!," commands Po to one of his flunkies who's caught a man who had an adulterous fling with Po's unfaithful wife), terrible acting, plenty of hot babes (Cheryl Lawson in particular is a total fox!), a plodding pace, cheesy, rubbery make-up f/x, tacky gore (a juicy decapitation and a scene with Lawson throwing up spiders are the definite gross-out highlights), badly dated thumping 80's rock songs, a bunch of groaning, lurching, rot-faced zombies, ineptly staged fight scenes, and a gloriously ludicrous conclusion. Karl Heinz-Tuber delivers a marvelously smarmy performance as a slimy effeminate talent agent. Both John Dirlam's crisp cinematography and Paul Francis Witt's shivery score are up to speed. An unjustly overlooked high camp riot.
  • Ah, the perfect culinary combination: cheese and wine! Although, despite what the title and plot summary suggest, it's mainly cheese that we're served here in this thoroughly imbecile and incompetent excuse for an 80's horror movie. James Hong, the star of a literally endless list of TV-shows and bad B-movies, stars, wrote and even co-directed this movie that entirely revolves around himself as a successful and mysterious wine grower who lives on a private island with a bunch of loyal servants. Dr. Po worships an ancient Chinese god and the liquid he produces in his dungeon mainly serves to constantly rejuvenate his own 500-year-old body. He's also on the lookout for a bride and therefore he continuously lures young people to the island with the excuse of casting people for a movie. The girls end up imprisoned in the cellar and the boys become rotten zombies that aimlessly wander around the island. As you can derive from the summary, "The Vineyard" features several interesting ideas but sadly none of them are adequately processed in the screenplay. Late 80's horror movies are often chaotic, but at least a minimum of continuity would have been nice, don't you agree? The make-up art and special effects are tolerable (we've all seen worse, haven't we?) and the girls in the supportive cast are welcome eye-candy, especially Karen Witter and Cheryl Lawson.
  • James Hong writes, directs, and stars in this appalling film about a mad doctor/wine grower/movie producer living on an island and having young, physically attractive men and women come to his island so he can either kill them or hang them up by handcuffs in his winery. Naturally, one, Karen Witter, a hot little blonde, is there to be his hypnotized bride. Whew! Hong prays to some Chinese god which has given him some ability to live forever. What the bodies of the visitors have to do with the wine is never explained. Nor is why zombies rise on the island. Nor is virtually anything of noteworthy status. The script just plain sucks! The special effects are bad as we see Hong get old(a rubbery mask perhaps), or some super-imposed green eyes are given to him, or scenes showing physical changes are just edited and pieced together rather than shot in one take or cleverly edited for the purpose of continuity. The acting is awful. Hong is a decent actor but not with this crap. The rest are just pretty faces with seemingly little behind those faces and bodies. Clichéd characters abound...some trying to be funny. Nothing is very original about the way things are done in terms of the horror aspects of the film. A bad movie no matter how you try to spin it. Although of Chinese subject matter, The Vineyard left me quite full. I certainly wasn't in the mood for anymore in an hour. Perhaps a 100 years from now. No way!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    James Hong (Lo Pan from Big Trouble in Little China) wrote, directed and stars in this surprisingly well made and entertaining fantasy horror film. I am almost certain the only reason why Hong pulled a triple threat (writing, directing, starring) was so he could grope and molest the so-called actresses. He sorta pulled a Bill Hinzman in "Flesheater". But truth be told...the nudity makes the film a bit more watchable.

    The film opens with Hong and his much younger wife standing on the balcony of his mansion as they make out. The wife strips and a horny mechanic watches them from downstairs. Within the first 5 minutes of the movie you get to see a dungeon filled with half naked chicks who are chained up and two separate sex scenes! There is some funny dialog and the film's production does look well done. But "The Vineyard" is trash...but at least it's entertaining trash.

    Highlights: A martial arts master handy man, tons of boobs, a decapitation, spiders in mouths, snakes wrapped around hot ladies, zombies who can only be killed by sprinkling magic dirt on them, a gay old German guy, the guy from "Legacy of Rage" that isn't Brandon Lee, some really terrible dancing, and a dude going Rambo with a bow and arrow.
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    The Vineyard starts in Dr. Elson Po's (co-writer & co-director James Hong) laboratory, various pieces of scientific equipment, strangle liquid, beakers & test tubes adorn the tables. A extremely old looking Po drinks a strange magical potion that instantly restores his youth, well to a fairly young 60 years old. When he isn't making magical youth (60 years old?) potions Dr. Elson Po is a world famous wine maker. People are paying up to $50,000 a bottle, which is quite a lot really for a bottle of wine. Dr. Po invites various guests to his reclusive vineyard on his very own private island. A film producer named Paul Edmonds (Karl-Heinz Teuber) who brings two aspiring (& bad) actresses Jezebel Fairchild (Karen Witter) & Nancy Stone (Cheryl Madson), Lucas Carroll (Lars Wangberg) who is a martial arts type, Brian Whitman (Sean P. Donahue) & a journalist named Jeremy Young (Micheal Wong). Dr. Po's other guests are already there, Brad Fuller (Rue Douglas), Claudia Lee (Cheryl Lawson) & Celeste Jones (Sherri Ball). That night Po throws a big party for everyone in his mansion. The party ends up outside in the vineyard where Nancy spots a corpse sticking out of the ground since it appears to have only been buried a few inches down. However no one believes her, except that is Jeremy who is intrigued by Po & becomes convinced something strange is going on. After the party Dr. Po uses his magical powers to kill a few of his guests as he needs human bodies for his potion which will make him young (60 years old?) again. Dr. Po has special plans for Jezebel while the rest try to stay alive, rescue her & escape Dr. Po's island & it's horrifying secrets...

    Directed by Hong & William Rice I thought The Vineyard was an absolute mess of a horror film. The script by Hong, Douglas Kondo & James Marlowe can't decide what it wants to be, a comedy or horror. Maybe the fact that The Vineyard had two different directors was factor in how the film turned out but that's still no excuse for producing such a lame film. I just don't understand how someone who has the power of eternal youth would turn himself into a 60 year old man. The characters are poor, there is no tension, excitement or atmosphere, the plot is a mess hard to follow & very silly plus the whole film is quite amateurishly made throughout. The acting is bad, the special effects are bad, the fight scenes are bad & the dance sequence is embarrassing even by 80's standards as are the clothes & hairstyles. The zombies are pathetic, they actually throw punches & kicks rather than try & bite people & are defeated by throwing 'sacred soil' over them, lame. There's a witch zombie woman in the attic but she only appears to be there to scream a lot & look old. The plot of The Vineyard is very loose, most of what happens is of little importance towards the final outcome & is only there to waste time, the characters aren't really given any sort of background, they're bland cardboard cutouts, uninteresting, they are all very much alike & very little explanation is given for what Dr. Po is actually doing or how he's doing it. The whole production looks cheap, the effects, the sets, costumes & the ominous sounding sacrificial altar at the end of the film is nothing more than a chair with two candles, one either side! There is a scene where Jeremy is chained up & beaten but during & after this severe beating his over-sized glasses remain perfectly positioned on his face even though the force of the punches violently knocks him all over the place, there are many more examples of scenes like this that are badly thought out & come across as somewhat ridiculous looking. There are exactly two good scenes in The Vineyard, a sequence where spiders start to crawl out of an unfortunate woman's mouth & a scene where a guy has long needles shoot out of his throat, other than that it's badness all the way. Generally there isn't much blood or gore, just a quick decapitated head & that's about it. Overall The Vineyard features kung-fu fighting zombies, magical potions, ancient amulets, a mad Doctor, an ugly witch in the attic, a sacrifice, a dungeon full of chained up half naked women, a transvestite & some extremely bad 80's dancing but it still somehow manages to be terrible in just about every way possible. Credit where it's due though, & believe me The Vineyard doesn't deserve much, at least it's not a boring film & has a certain 'so bad it's good' thing about it, it's just a shame that it's a poorly thought out & executed one. Personally I'd say don't bother with The Vineyard as there are much better horror films out there worthy of your attention.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This contains minor SPOILERS, so don't read it if you plan to see this.

    I read an article in the TV Guide a few years ago where the magazine had talked to actor James Hong. In the tiny article (it filled about an 8th of the page), Hong mentioned that he didn't feel Hollywood offered him very good roles, but instead he typically got similar, stereotypical Japanese roles. When I read it, I nodded my head and said, `Yeah, he's right.' Now I really like James Hong, and I wish his career the best of luck, but if Hollywood stereotypes will keep movies like `The Vineyard' from being made, then I hope Hong is typecast forever. In 1989, Hong made this weird horror movie. Hong came up with the story himself, was a screenplay writer, and donned the director's hat! And what do you get in the first scene?---Hong having a sex scene! Maybe Hong just felt that Hollywood typecasts for old Japanese men don't include naked women, and he wanted to make a statement about that?

    Hong is a wine maker that lives on an island with his henchmen. Hong is centuries-old, using an amulet to stay young and needing the blood of young women every once in awhile. So he lures people to his island and kills them. This time, he gets a whole group of youngsters at his home for a really lame party. He uses magic to either kill or capture them, and decides he wants to marry one of the women. It's up to bookworm Jeremy to save the day. But he sure doesn't save the film.

    But wait! That isn't much of a horror movie! Well, that's because I haven't yet mentioned all the stuff in it that made absolutely no sense. Where to start, where to start? We can break out in song along the way…

    1. My Lucky Star: Let's see…we've got pink hearts, orange stars, yellow moons, green clovers, blue diamonds, purple horseshoes…what are we missing in 'me Lucky Charms? Of course! Brown amulets! Hong has an interesting flashback about when he was a child. We learn that he killed his father to save his mother, but refuses to give her the magic amulet. Then we find out that his mother is a GODDESS! You heard me right. I guess that is trying to explain the origins of the amulet, but it only rouses up more questions that are never answered. It would have been better if the amulet had no origin. But hold on, that would ruin #2…

    2. Witchy Woman: See, Hong's goddess mother is still alive and kicking. The amulet made her young (much younger than it makes Hong) and without it she turned into a withered old woman. Hong keeps her locked up in a room in his mansion. It is not clear why he does that, since the two never have a scene together. But come on! Are we really to believe Hong keeps his mother with him as he moves from identity to identity each century? He hasn't been suckling for all these years, has he?

    3. It's Raining Men: Who are all these bodyguards protecting the estate? They must be working for money, but would any price be high enough to live on the desolate island where you were expected to kill people?

    4. Let's Dance: Next we turn to our saplings. Not trees, but the saps that come to the island. They are brought by some old guy with a bad accent who is quickly disposed of by the guards. Why did they come? Some of them are wannabe actors and actresses that have some kind of audition. None of them are very interesting. Still, the scene where they are introduced is sort of funny (one of the would-be actors only has a high school diploma to brag about), and I thought Hong's direction would be good. I would soon be let down. They have a party that night, and it is a really sour one with bad direction. Then there is Jeremy. He wrote a magazine article on Hong. Jeremy figures out what is going on quickly, based on some shoddy evidence he finds in books Hong has lying around. When Jeremy starts babbling about this, you would think Hong would kill him, but he constantly stops himself.

    5. That Old Magic Feeling: To kill or detain the victims, Hong sends his guards, uses magic, or both. What he does strongly resembles voodoo. Where did he learn this? How does it work? Why does he use it on some people and not others? Why doesn't he use it in the end to snub the remaining people that are causing trouble?

    6. Now I'm Feeling Zombified: Now the real bad stuff. The women are taken to the dungeon to have blood extracted so Hong can stay young. He uses up so many people a day that you wonder how he can stay in one place for more than a week before people get suspicious. But why women's blood? The men are all killed and buried in the vineyard. The movie box says they fertilize the vineyard! They way they are buried made me think it would be like `Motel Hell.' But no, these bodies constantly rise from their graves, and the only way they can be stopped is if the guards douse them with `holy dirt.' I thought `Holy...' when I saw this part, but the word `dirt' did not follow it. The zombie make up isn't bad, but the whole thing made me fear I had accidentally rented `The Video Dead Part 2.'

    7. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-ha!: When the last two bafflingly bad scenes were over, that is the line I was saying to myself repeatedly, because no one sane could possibly sit through the entire movie. I did, so expect my next review to come from the local asylum. Zantara's score: 2 out of 10.
  • The Vineyard sees fan favourite James Hong return as one of his most loved characters Lo Pan (Big Trouble In Little China) of sorts, in his self directed horror comedy which has a number of Hong Kong stars on board as a vehicle to help kick start their career (which seems to have worked).

    Reminding me of the classics like Mr. Vampire, Haunted Cop Shop, and We're Going To Eat You; this great wee flick oozes that same appeal as those horror comedy HK classics of the 80's which also features an early role from Michael Wong (Beast Cops, First Option, Royal Warriors) which is comical in itself!

    Massive Hong Kong producer and director Gordon Chan (2000 AD, The Four Trilogy, Painted Skin) co-produces the feature for Hong, as he creeps out the visitors of his vineyard island, posing as a film producer with a great location.

    The plot is crazy, yet that's what gives it the same charm of the 80's HK films I love. Zombies, gore, comedy, crazy SFX all come together in this unseen, underrated little gem that entertains without you having to think too hard!
  • This horror movie from 1989 really embodies the entire spirit and feel of the 1980 horror movies. It is hard to put a concrete example on what it is to it that makes it so, but it just is.

    "The Vineyard" is fairly straight forward. A reclusive wine grower, famous for his unique wines, have invited a group of young aspiring actors to his estate for what they believe in to be a party and an audition for a movie. However, the wine maker has something else in store for the young people, as he needs them to brew his special wine; a wine that has kept him young and alive for centuries.

    The effects in the movie were very 1980s. Just watch the movie, and you will know immediately what I am talking about here. The zombies weren't particularly detailed, but I assume for a movie from back then they were quite good.

    The storyline is generic and stereotypical for late 1980s horror movies, being predictable to the core. But still, the movie is fun to watch because it is campy and cheesy. And it was fun to watch James Hong in this particular role. Being a fan of Hong Kong cinema, it was also fun to watch Michael Wong in this movie.

    If you enjoy horror movies from the 1980s, then "The Vineyard" is definitely one to watch. And the ending is guaranteed to have you laughing...
  • Dr. Elson Po (James Hong) is one of the world's most famous wine growers. He has a magic potion which has kept him handsome and alive during the centuries. However, lately the magic which rejuvenates him seem to be less and less effective.

    This film was written by, directed by and starring James Hong. So if you are a Hong fan, this is the picture for you -- he brings an angle to horror that I certainly have not seen elsewhere. I am not sure if you can call him Chinese-American, since he was born in the United States, but he has made an American film with Chinese roots -- possibly a unique feat in American horror.

    Some of this was pure 1980s. Hong's dance in the mask at his 1980s party was pretty weird, and the music certainly amplified the weirdness. The special effects range from good to bad. I liked the masks and makeup, but some of the "electricity" just looked terrible.
  • My Gooooood! I'm just tired to repeat this eternal question: Why was this movie ever made? This is worse than Troll 2, worse than Witchery and Crawlers, it sucks. All the characters and "actors" (they're unique, they have done only this feature)are involved in this story only because they will be victims. This movie just hurts. Zombie make up is cheap and acting and script are hopeless... Total failure!
  • BA_Harrison9 September 2018
    I didn't think much of this back in '89, but now the film serves as a fond reminder of a time when horror films didn't have to make much sense just so long as there were hot women in various states of undress, and lots of hokey special makeup effects with a touch of gore. The Vineyard offers plenty of those, as well as a hilariously bad party scene, spider vomiting, some questionable '80s fashion (including that classic male ensemble, cropped vest and three quarter length sweat pants), incredibly big spectacles (as sported by Hong Kong star Michael Wong), a nifty decapitation, James Hong hamming it up, and zombies. In short, it's as cheesy as hell and quite a lot of fun for it.

    Hong, who also co-directs, plays wine producer Dr. Elson Po, who poses as a film producer to lure young victims to his island, where he uses their blood to create a potion that prolongs his life. Without this precious elixir, he quickly reverts to an aged state. His latest group of unsuspecting visitors consists of several very fit beauties, a couple of jocks, and journalist Jeremy (Wong), who is writing an article about Po. What follows is incredibly dumb, but rather enjoyable nonsense, that, like a fine wine, has improved with age.

    6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for all the big-haired babes.
  • Watch as actor James Hong (who also co-wrote and co-direct) puts on a show! He steals every frame he's in, but this is because the competition is few and far between. When he isn't obsessively going off his rocker and having his face morph about, you're probably transfixed by the presence (not the acting) of playmate bunny Karen Witter. Hong's depraved character definitely is, but the scenes they mostly share are less than interesting other than the daft climatic showdown. Outside of Hong and Karl Heinz-Tuber, the majority of the performances are one-note and vacant.

    Dr. Elson Po is a world renowned wine grower, but he also has a dark secret with an obsession for the forbidden secrets of immortality. To stop the rapid aging process, Po feeds on the life-force of the young aspiring actresses he invites to his island.

    "The Vinyard" is low-rent and quite sloppy, despite the amusing unhinged mad doctor / black magic hokum. It has its moments with some ghoulish jolts, sleazy encounters and nasty monster make-up FX (zombies join the party), but it can be patchy and lackadaisical in scenes. Moments can be quite talky (numerous boring exchanges) with the silly script throwing about strange ideas, spiritual themes and linking it with Chinese mythology. At times it can be atmospheric, but its villa and vineyard setting on a secluded island is never taken full advantage of. Even throw in a dungeon with chains.

    "You're in a lot of danger here."
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    In the first 5 minutes of this film, we go through about five different genres of movie, including romance, revenge, zombie, mad science, and kung fu action. And the pace doesn't really slow down.

    Evil Dr. Po has been magically keeping himself alive by drinking the blood of young people, and he's James Hong to boot! Apparently Mr. Hong helped fund the picture, and that might explain why he gets to fondle and maul all of the nubile young actresses on the set. Good for him I guess.

    He has a staff of serial-killer kung-fu warriors (my favorite one is Black Ponytail Guy), and he's invited a bunch of useless trust fund babies to his isolated vineyard in order to drink their blood. I mean, presumably there is some ostensible reason they come, but I've seen this movie about 5 times and I have not yet figured it out.

    They have a party, and then start disappearing. There are loads of gratuitous scenes. Like, if Mr. Po wants to drink their blood, why does he curse one girl with the Spitting Up Spiders candy? And why does he keep his mummified-yet-alive mom in a spare room with no lock on the door? And why does he keep zombies buried in his vineyard? There seems no upside to that last one. And why does the zombie head which one girl sees vanish when she runs for help? And there's more.

    It's like 10 movies in one. Whatever your tastes, The Vineyard can fulfill them. I do admit that it is a little slow while we're getting used to our ostensible heroes (the trust fund babies), and I have never been less interested in a hero's backstory than I was in these losers. Dr. Po more than makes up for it, cackling like a maniac, commanding his warriors into murderous deeds, and pleading verbosely to his Mayan god (yes I know) for long life.

    What a film. Not to be missed.
  • Dr Po is a world renowned wine maker. The ingredients for his wines, however, leaves very little to be desired. He is fighting a losing battle in his quest for eternal youth, though, and is getting more desperate.

    Innocent young victims are lured to his island under false pretensions so he can continue concocting his longevity potions, leaving his vineyard littered with bodies - restless souls who now are zombie-like creatures. I wasn't always sure what direction they were steering in here. At times it looked as if they wanted a zombie film. At times it seemed some of the characters were possessed, like Jezebel (Karen Lorre) for instance. What besieged her to willingly offered herself to Dr Po? Very little of her actions made sense.

    In fact, acting in general wasn't that great, and neither was the script. Having snacks at a party, a character says "it tastes like spiders", only for a girl to then later throw up spiders. But why would he have said that? Has he ever tasted spiders?? The film offers the stereotypical characters: the sweet and serene blonde bombshell, the muscle hunks, the nerd, and the dispensable ones along for the ride - or should I say the kill.

    I enjoyed the final act when the victims started fighting back and it became a quest for survival. Unfortunately, the film did have some serious editing issues, and at times didn't seem chronological. If you don't take the film seriously and watch it for the slasher it was intended to be, maybe you'll be satisfied. At least (some of) the make-up effects were good. I actually enjoyed it.

    Would I watch it again? I think so.
  • James Hong is great as always, very sinister and gets to play the wizard with naked hotties in this movie. The Vineyard (bland title) is definitely inspired by Lo Lieh's upchuck classics Black Magic 1 & 2. It just doesn't pull out the stops like those Hong Kong classics or create a twisted reality. The actresses are all lookers and that is a major plus but not enough to make repeated viewing.
  • Maybe you've always wondered, "what would it be like to cross Big Trouble in Little China with Enter the Dragon, and maybe added zombies?" If you have, then here's your ridiculous varietal.

    Reprising his role as a mysterious, magical, and ancient Chinese sorcerer, James Hong is a successful, supernatural vintner on a secluded island, with a small army of martial arts henchmen ready for his every evil command. Naturally, his villainy is all about killing hotties to keep him immortal. And for some reason, zombies are essential to his vineyard. Also necessary for the fermentation is a fresh kill in the wine vat. I'm no enologist, but I think there's easier ways to make tastier wines - and more coherent plots for better movies.

    The "special effects" are the special needs children of film making, largely involving cut- aways to rubber masks. The few martial arts scenes are without any grace or choreography. And while the plot premise could have been promising, its execution is truly disappointing.

    But, If you like crapulent acting, hilariously awful dialog and cheesy synth soundtracks from the 80s, this movie could be your Chateauneuf du Poo.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    "The Vineyard" is noteworthy among low budget horror crud in that it marked a rare co- writing / co-directing credit for the excellent veteran character actor James Hong, whom most people will have seen in one thing or another (such as the villain Lo Pan in "Big Trouble in Little China"). Here the typically solid Hong does a delightful job of chewing on the scenery as nefarious wine maker Dr. Elson Po, who may be putting strange things into his recipe. A troupe of vapid young adults are invited to his island winery under the pretense that he'll audition them for a movie he's producing, but in reality they'll soon be victimized by black magic and Po's brutal, grim faced henchmen. Dr. Po has a weakness regarding the amulet that he wears, but will the dumb schmucks here figure that out in time? Hong and company seem to be aware that they're making silly horror cheese here, and they just have fun with their material (rather than going the route of making obvious self referential jokes). In fact, he's good enough to raise this a point in the rating. Also helping out is the presence of the charming, luscious Playboy Playmate Karen Witter as Jezebel, the young lady upon whom Po fixates. (Who can blame him?) The supporting cast plays it all quite straight, and they make up in entertainment value whatever they lack in ability. Michael Wong is hopelessly stiff, studious journalist Jeremy Young, who's fascinated by Po. There is a good little serving of female flesh, and the female cast members - Cheryl Madsen, Cheryl Lawson, Lissa Zappardino - are pleasing enough to look at throughout. Unfortunately, the movie doesn't have too many of what could be considered really good, highlight moments (aside from one ingenious bit of a character coughing up spiders), but it's hard to knock anything that throws zombies into the mix so they can be paid off during the climax, and pokes fun at any and all horror movie that's ever concluded with an open ending. Makeup effects are generally well done, and the setting allows for some gorgeous scenery. All things considered, this is agreeable stuff, not anything worth actively seeking out but still worth a look for die hard genre addicts. Six out of 10.
  • tvcarsd3 December 2012
    There's something about James Hong's manner of speaking that is very entertaining to listen to.

    Basically this movie has 'some' zombies in it which makes it not a bad zombie flick but its not about the zombies its about some recipe that allows you to live for ever and the nasty things that need to be done to achieve that.

    The movies acting is serious B grade stuff with an extremely meh plot. Its really one of the better B grade zombie movies out there, I've seen plenty and plenty of trash is what you get. I strongly suggest some viewing enhancers if you intend to watch this movie thru, maybe some bourbon or vodka should do the trick.