Monday, January 6, 2014


Ozone - 1994 - USA - Horror/Splatter

Dir: J.R. Bookwalter

Ozone, a new sinister synthetic drug, is sweeping the streets, turning users into crazed, deformed mutants that aim to spread the drug as much as they can to build their army!  Eddie Boon, a local cop, is on the search for his partner who was abducted by the mutants.  He gets Injected with the drug in the process and begins tripping balls, seeing strange, gross things happening to him and those around him, leaving him questioning what to take for reality and whats just a result his sinister drug addled brains!

Ozone is shot on video film from J. R. Bookwalter, of Dead Next Door fame, which is widely considered the most expensive Super 8 zombie flick ever made.  J. R. has over 13 directorial credits under his belt, Ozone being the 8th.  The talent and experience with micro budget film making is noticeable right away.  The first minute or so includes an exploding head, off to a great start!

Like most no-budget films, Ozone has no shortage of cheese.  Bad acting, a few corny effects, including occasional use of CGI, but its so old school and dated looking I wasn't annoyed in the least, good for a chuckle.  Ozone, despite being drenched in blood and violence, certainly doesn't take itself too seriously, which can be a fatal flaw of modern no-budget gore flicks.  There are a good deal goofy, exaggerated characters, particularly the gruesome creature that created the Ozone drug, who is pictured below.

Ozone relies just as heavily on weird, gooey gross out practical effects just as much as it does gore.  There isn't an enormous amount of decapitations and exploding heads and such featured in this film, but what is on display looks pretty great.

Ozone is a prime example of what can be done with a minuscule budget and a lot of heart and talent.  Its loads of fun and I would recommend checking it out!

Plot - 7.5/10
Blood n' Guts - 7/10
Gooey FX - 8/10
Acting - 5/10
Pacing - 7/10
OVERALL - 7.8/10  

These drugs are too heavy, man!
Ka-blam!  Exploding head!
Drug fueled maniacs on the loose.
Eddie Boone is having a baaaad trip!
 Gooey FX.
 The boss, creator of Ozone

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