Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead (2012) Review

"You gotta shoot their balls or cut off their dicks."
It's difficult to form an opinion of this film.  It's a comedy, and it is indeed funny, but the humor is about rape.  Rape isn't funny.  That's the dilemma.  You don't know whether to laugh or cringe.  Both, I guess.

That isn't the only dilemma.  If you're watching the film for the "lust" you are probably going to be disappointed, but if you're in it for the "dead" I think you'll have a good time.  There is nudity, and quite a bit of it, but it's not the sexy time kind of nudity from other sexploitation movies.  Girls are being raped by corpses, after all.  There's blood and gore and decomposing body parts.  It's kind of gross.  Gross and funny.  Not sexy.  Except for the lesbian scenes, those are still pretty hot.

The film begins with Asami being raped and brutalized by her abusive husband, and I found this a little hard to watch. Then reporters begin broadcasting news about deranged groups of men gang-raping women on the streets of Tokyo.  I still felt very uncomfortable at this point.  Then, as the movie progressed, The humor took over and it seemed more like a typical, over the top, Japanese splatter comedy.

So for some unexplained reason, (almost) all the men have become sex crazed zombies who are compelled to rape any woman they see, and the only way to stop them is to destroy their reproductive organs.  If they're decapitated, they keep thrusting.  The penis must be obliterated.  These "toxic men" have toxic semen and any woman who is exposed to the spunk of these rape zombies will die.  And the whole time I'm wondering, "Couldn't they all just wear chastity belts?"

A small group of female survivors have taken refuge in a Shinto shrine and after some infighting, they settle into night of lesbian lovemaking.  Then they realize that there's a guy living in the back room and he's not a zombie.  He's a creepy otaku virgin, a shut-in who is obsessed with anime and manga and not at all interested in sex with real girls.  So, because his testosterone is so low, he did not change into a "toxic man."

Asami didn't have dinner ready.
Outside the shrine, the female population has mobilized into militias and distributed weapons to take on the rape zombies, and they seem to be gaining the upper-hand.  Then, North Korea decides to nuke Tokyo because they believe that the global rape zombie epidemic was caused by exposure to the perverted pornography that comes from Japan.  And then a girl has a miracle baby from the lesbian encounter which may be an incarnation of the Japanese goddess Amaterasu. So, you know, it's a typical Japanese movie.

This is just the first in a series of films.  I think 3 have been distributed in North America and there are 5 in total, so far.  I've seen the 3 and they get more philosophical and bizarre, and the otaku play a larger role.  I'd say, if you are going to watch one then watch all three.  You won't be disappointed.  Or maybe you will, I don't know.  You can find the first three on Netflix right now.   They're gone.  

Violence Rating/Index: 3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 4 out of 5


Rob S Gray said...

Do they make Japanese movies without rape? Its like a handshake over there.

Banacek said...

I think I saw one once that just had forced heavy petting. It may have been a kids show. In conclusion, the Japanese are awesome.

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