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From the creators of Machine Girl , and Tokyo Gore Police, An alien-spawned, mysterious mist blankets the northern half of Japan, transforming those who inhale it into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies hellbent on devouring the surviving human populatin. Plunged into chaos, Japan is torn into 2 areas. The southern half of the country, where the population remains untouched by the deadly gas, lives behind a heavily-fortified wall, while the northern half is a lawless, zombie-infected wasteland.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you enjoy the occasional vehicle constructed from body parts or 8-limbed zombie sword fight, then this is for you! March 22 2012
By John's Horror Corner - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
If you enjoy the occasional film featuring vehicles constructed from body parts and 8-limbed zombie sword fights, then this is probably right up your alley. For a Tokyo Gore Shock subgenre I give this an "A."

This typical/low-budget Tokyo Shocker begins with an odd man chumming a pack of some manner of zombie-demons with severed human body parts. As they feed on the anthro-carrion our chummer "fishes" for deadite heads using a sharp hook at the end of a rope. Then he removes something that could only be described as an evil wishbone growing out of their foreheads. We later learn that these "horns" are sued as street drugs, unstable explosives and are the source of undeadity in these zombies. When things get out of hand a random chick (our hero, Kika) with chainsaw-swords and some mean stripper pole skills comes to the rescue...what ensues is just plain silly...a truck flies through the air and Jenga's a 50' tower of zombie-demons, one of which a spine with a head at the end of it growing out of his head.

This entrail-rich gem is typical of the genre. There are lots of arterial sprays unleashing floods of blood beyond reasonable human body's capacity, detonating body parts, dismemberment galore and, of course, Kika's backstory. As a young girl Kika came home to find her crazy evil mother (Eihi Shiina) and her Japanese punk-redneck uncle in the middle of making sushi out of her father's legs--in front of him with his legs flesh-picked knee down. Out of nowhere a meteor strikes her bloodlusted mother "through" her chest. So naturally, she rips out Kika's heart and uses it as her own. Then she turns into some space-zombiism typhoid Mary and plagues Japan faster than in 28 Days Later. She is then entombed in some hardened mucus cocoon, from which she emerges as the hive-mother space zombie queen. Meanwhile, a public figure from a secret government agency stitched up Kika and outfitted her like a samurai-ninjette with a lawnmower engine in her chest so that she could control infected populations.

Unlike the devastatingly slow back-story-telling in Machine Girl (2008), Helldriver (2010) is much more effective and stylistic in explaining the origin of this space-zombie outbreak complete with news updates and slapstick government public health infomercials warning about the effects of using ground-up zombie wishbones like it was cocaine. There are even farcical advocates in support of the not-so-deceaseds' civil rights.

Director Yoshihiro Nishimua (Vampire Girl vs Frankenstien Girl (2009); Mutant Girl Squad (2010)) learned a lot from writing/directing Tokyo Gore Police (2008). For example, everyone loves Eihi Shiina (Vampire Girl vs Frankenstien Girl (2009); Tokyo Gore Police (2008); Audition (1999)) and chainsaw fights are cool! Other nifty additions to this gore flick include an assaulting hail of zombie heads, a zombie miscarriage, a zombie dance party, a zombie head crotch bite, a chainsaw-sword up the tush, a car made out of body parts, and a 50' tall zombie made out of other zombies that then turns into a giant zombie 747. The fights are most interesting mid-movie. The zombie baby, attached by the umbilical cord to zomb-mom, is used as a whip-dagger-harpoon. There's a zombie with katanas "growing" out of it that has a sword fight with a bladed car. And there's an eight-limbed, sword-spider-zombie nude acrobat chick with baby arm-tusks and a crotch hand. Say what? She's probably my favorite.

For fans of the subgenre this is just plain, exploitative, super-gory fun. By the way, watch to the end of the credits. There's a cute ending.
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I want to meet the people who thought this movie up!!!! Nov. 28 2011
By David F. Sutton - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
This is easily the most whacked out movie or thing I have ever seen ! It would be best watched after enjoying a fattie. The director at the beginning of the film suggests this,but recommends alcohol. But I recommend natures finest.There is alot of stuff in this movie and most of it never before on the big screen. First the main character is a smoking hot zombie killer who has been sexually abused by her uncle who is also her mothers lover.The zombies grow horns that are like explosive crack and are hunted by a drug syndacate. The zombies are able to meld together after being hacked apart.This is a run down of some of the stuff in this flick, baby zombie nunchaks, spider zombie with M-16 legs,japanese hitler,baby arms growing out of a zombies face that hold knife and fork to cut up flesh to eat, zombie head hail storm,lesbian zombies with action, I could go on and on.There is so much I am going to have to watch it again.The Japanese are the most bizarre in their fetishes and it is all in this movie.Oh yeah one more thing BLOOD,BLOOD,BLOOD !!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Helldriver is a helluva film! Dec 25 2011
By James G. Carlson - Published on
Format: DVD
As a fan of Yoshihiro Nishimura films in specific and weird Japanese films in general, I have taken to collecting such gems as Machine Girl, Tokoyo Gore Police, Alien vs. Ninja, Meatball Machine, Samurai Princess, Versus, Tokoyo Zombie, Hard Revenge Milly, and Oldboy and a bunch of other Takashi Miiki works. When I found out about the release of Helldriver, purchasing it was an easy decision to make. Truthfully, I am more than a little surprised that it didn't get more positive reviews by those who have watched it and posted here on Amazon. I mean, it's totall original, with plenty of weirdness, comedy, splatter, horror, and an absolutely absorbing rollercoaster storyline.

Kika (Yumiko Hara) is the heroine of the story - a young woman tormented by an awful sociopath of a mother (Eihi Shiina of Audition and Tokoyo Gore Police) and an equally deranged uncle - who wakes from a coma a year after an alien dust storm blankets Japan, turning its inhabitants into flesh-craving zombies. When she wakes, however, she is different. Someone has surgically fit her with a chainsaw samurai sword rig, the motor of which is attached to her chest. One finds out later that a secret branch of the government, unbeknownst to the Prime Minister, has altered Kika this way in an underground medical compound, all for the purpose of decreasing the number of infected citizens. And the proceeds to kick a lot of zombie ass, from enormous monster abominations to chainsaw-wielding undead to horrible patchworks of limbs and heads!

These aren't your average zombies, though. They have blood-red eyes, skin liked cracked plaster, a T-shaped (almost Y-shaped, actually) protrusion coming out of their foreheads, and sometimes some pretty disturbing body alterations. Now, the T-shaped protrusion, referred to in the film as the undeads' "horns," are the source of their continued living dead state, and removing them kills the zombies permanently. The T-shaped protrusion, tumor, or "horns" are also harvested by criminals to sell on the black market as a street drug, somewhat akin to cocaine it seems. What's more, the protrusion is also volatile and can explode if not handled properly by the smugglers.

Because of the zombie menace, Japan's government has a huge wall built to split the island nation in half, separating the uninfected citizens from the zombie-infested wasteland. Both the public and the government are torn between considering the zombies "deceased" and having them exterminated and declaring them "human" and preserving their human rights. Apparently it's a big issue.

Without spoiling the film's conclusion, the government eventually sends Kika and a small group of misfits into the zombie wasteland to eliminate the "zombie queen," who just so happens to be Kika's terrible mother turned even more evil and strange. The battles that ensue are visually stunning, creative as it gets, and more bizarre than one could possibly imagine without having seen the film. Believe me, you haven't ever had a film experience quite like this one!

From what I've learned recently, Sushi Typhoon/Nikkatsu and Well Go USA will be releasing some more films in the very near future - "Yakuza Weapon" and "Dead Ball." Personally, I can't wait to check 'em out!

So...there's my review for a movie that, in my opinion, hasn't received far enough praise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shiina Eihi is Japan's Horror Movie Queen March 6 2013
By Pei Chia Li - Published on
Format: DVD
[NOTE: IN JAPAN AND CHINA, SURNAMES ARE FIRST!] I own three films that star pretty Shiina Eihi, who is unusual in writing her name entirely in Hiragana (this one, "Audition" and "Tokyo Gore Police"), and I've seen ads for others that I may buy later. She is rather tall among Japanese ladies at 1.70 meters and stately. In this film, she and her brother are ghouls who eat her husband's legs near the opening of the film. His daughter Kika played by sexy Hara Yumiko has her heart removed to replace Eihi's that a meteor knocked out. Yumiko gets a mechanical heart and hunts zombies with a chain saw katana (42" samurai sword). She looks sexy in a tight black bodysuit and does some pole dancing. The zombies have Y-shaped antlers on their foreheads. I like some gory movies but not all certainly. My brother likes them all. He loved "Hallowe'en", but I hated it. I do like Shiina Eihi's movies, especially this one, and I want to see much more of Hara Yumiko who is on the box of this DVD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
zombie antler high?! Feb. 22 2012
By Travis W. Rexroad - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Another Sushi Typhoon production, fun with over the top (and freakin crazy)special effects! I waited for this one to come out and wasn't disappointed, this film has so much craziness I couln't begin to scratch the surface! Zombies with antlers & people get high off of the antlers!!!who could even think this stuff up? All in all a fun film, up there with Meatball Machine & Samurai Princess as far as the special effects go.I'd recommend this to those cinephiles with a taste for this niche Japanese horromedy films.