Film Review: JUNK (2000)

Film Review: JUNK (2000)

Oct 30, 2018

IMDb: Junk (2000)
Director: Atsushi Muroga
Stars: Nobuyuki Asano, Shû Ehara, Tate Gouta

Atsushi Muroga directed this weird ass zombie movie almost twenty years ago now. As far as Japanese horror goes, it’s average, as far as zombie films, it’s average, and compared to other Unearthed releases it is just kinda bland. 

It has a very standard zombie story-line. It deals with a group of people getting caught. They need to survive. Some of them are good and some are bad. The audience wants some of them to die and wants some of them to live. They argue about survival tips and the source of the zombie problem. Then they proceed to be disemboweled by zombies one-by-one.

My flippant description isn’t meant to diminish the film, it is just there to show that nothing original is going to go down with this one. From one zombie fiend to another, however, it has pretty much all I need to make it worth owning. It came out before the total explosion of zombie garbage films. It wasn’t a cash grab from the Redbox. It was an indie film that was an homage to old school gore. So while it won’t make a top ten list in any of my real collecting categories, it is still worth checking out for most horror genre fans.

Prices for this movie are all over the place online. I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be able to find a used copy for less than ten bucks. There are, however, lots of Ebay rapists out there looking to gouge you. So be patient, because you really don’t need to be in a hurry to see it anyway. With all of that being said, I think the people that will be the most pleasantly surprised by this are the  gore people. While the blue faces are silly, the blood and guts get pretty brutal towards the end. They are budget effects, but good nonetheless. They are the types of effects that would be great for fans of German Splatter films.

So while it’s a little weak compared to some Unearthed releases, I would think that most people would get their money’s worth. That is of course, if they don’t get Ebay raped. It is probably a good way to acquaint new fans with the older Unearthed releases. Many of them, even the weak ones, at least have gore in common, which seems to be early mission of the label.


Originally published on April 5th, 2017