Enter...Zombie King full of gory goodness
MEREDITH RENWICK - For SLAM! Wrestling
Enter...Zombie King, a high-camp, low-budget melange of masked
wrestlers, hokey dialogue, spurting blood and gratuitous nudity, made
its world premiere at Toronto's Bloor Cinema on Nov. 21 and 22. Shot
Toronto in three weeks during December 2002, Enter...Zombie King
makes about as much sense as all the expensive high-concept schlock
currently cluttering up the multiplexes but is a hell of a lot more fun.
The primary inspiration behind Enter...Zombie King is Mexican
professional wrestling, or lucha libre (known for masked fighters
and fast, acrobatic, high-flying moves) and the relentlessly formulaic
genre of films it inspired. The movies starred lucha libre heroes
as themselves, dividing their time between wrestling each other and
fighting an exotic array of villains, including aliens, vampires,
zombies and Martians. Enter...Zombie King director Stacey Case
discovered lucha libre in 1997 and has previously directed a
series of short films starring Arriba, the Parkdale Wrestler. One of the
Arriba shorts, BBQ Brawl, was screened before the main show.
The plot of Enter...Zombie King -- such as it is -- revolves
around the efforts of masked heroes Ulysses (Jules Delorme), Mr. X (Sean
K. Robb), the Blue Saint (Raymond Carle) and his sister Mercedes (Angela
Clarke) to discover who is responsible for a series of lurid zombie
killings in the nearby forest. Suspicion falls on another masked
wrestler named Tiki (Rob Etcheverria, aka wrestler El
Fuego), who happens to be driving around to local wrestling shows
with a U-Haul full of zombie wrestlers. Tiki, however, insists his
zombies are tame and someone else is responsible for the killings. There
is also a subplot about the Blue Saint's desire to avenge the death of
his father, the Original Saint (a reference to the enormously popular
lucha libre star El
Santo), who was killed by the Murdelizer from behind.
Eventually our heroes are led to the hideout of the bear-like Zombie
Cyjetkovich, aka wrestler Sinn) and his henchmen, the Murdelizer (Jason
Bareford, aka Pittsburgh wrestler J.B. Destiny) and the French Vixen
who is trying to breed untamable zombie-human hybrids as an army for the
King. Heads and bodies are soon flying everywhere and gross-out gore, cheap
laughs and bad accents abound (Tiki sounds like he's doing a bad Cheech
impression, and the French Vixen's accent practically drips cheese curds and
gravy). The wintry weather is played for laughs too -- a bikini-clad
goes out to sunbathe in the middle of a blizzard and someone else comments
"What strange weather -- 90 degrees out and it's snowing."
The film also boasts a fine array of Toronto locations --
pivotal scenes take place at Sunnyside Pavilion and the top of the Centre
Island log ride, local wrestlers from the Squared
Circle Pro Wrestling Gym and
a primo Canadian indie-rock soundtrack featuring the Tijuana Bibles (who
make an appearance in the film) and the Sadies, among others, There's also a
great cameo by Jim
"The Anvil" Neidhart as the sheriff.
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Meredith Renwick is a Toronto-based freelance writer.