Ozone (10th Anniversary Special Edition)

Ozone (10th Anniversary Special Edition)

There’s a new drug on the streets! While on a stakeout to nail a dealer’s top aide, hardboiled cop Eddie Boone loses his partner and gets injected with a dangerous new designer drug with nightmarish side effects. While searching for his partner, he begins to see the world a little differently — the urban streets are now full of mutants, monsters and mayhem! The trail leads to a den of evil where Eddie is introduced to The Drug Lord, the mastermind behind the lethal narcotic, and ends with

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Zombies and drug lords and cheese, oh my!, May 11, 2007
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    Ozone (J. R. Bookwalter, 1993)

    Recently, I’ve seen a good number of amateur horror flicks. The majority of them are worthless. The one thing I can say in Ozone’s favor is that everyone involved was very enthusiastic about the project; sometimes that’s enough to distinguish it from the pack.

    Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door), who got his start as an extra in George Romero’s Day of the Dead, keeps the zombies coming. In this case, they’re being created by a drug called ozone (thus the movie’s title). Eddie Boone (James Black of The P.J.s), a rogue detective, gets jabbed with a syringe of Ozone during a drug bust. The transformation begins, but not before Boone– now suspended because his partner got killed in the bust– begins an investigation into the drug’s distribution, leading him to the bestial druglord Bebartolo (Bookwalter regular James L. Edwards, who recently popped up in Speed Freak Productions’ The Red Skulls). The fight is on!

    Now, don’t get me wrong– this is a dumb movie. The acting is flatline (when it’s good), the sets are cheap, the direction is inconsistent, the lighting is awful, the soundtrack worse. The editing’s pretty good. (Momma always taught me to say something nice or not say anything at all. She didn’t tell me I couldn’t preface nice with bad.) But, man, Bookwalter– who also co-wrote the script– had some great ideas here. And one gets the idea that rather than let budget constraints force the cutting of some of the movie’s more memorable scenes, he stretched as thin as he could to make sure that, say, the audience got to see the arena scene. That takes guts. As a result, we get to see a surprisingly layered and complex zombie movie, albeit a badly-delivered one. Speed Freak Productions did it better with Midnight Skater, but remember this was nine years previous. Given all that, I found it rather enjoyable. Be warned, though, the budget for this movie, according to IMDB, was thirty-five hundred dollars. You get what you pay for. **

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice visual flourishes and offbeat camera angles…, October 12, 1999
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    This review is from: Ozone [VHS] (VHS Tape)
    A pleasingly relaxed and charismatic lead performance by James Black, who skillfully carries the film…the grisly special effects are inventive and well-executed. [J.R.] Bookwalter livens things up with some nice visual flourishes and offbeat camera angles…with more cash to play around with, he could be a man to watch!

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  3. 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting Bookwalter Treatment With Lots Of Extras, May 20, 2005
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    Robert I. Hedges
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    I am a great fan of early J. R. Bookwalter films. Movies like “Chickboxer” and “Galaxy of the Dinosaurs” illustrate what cinematic cheese is really all about. “Ozone” is a much more mature film, with a somewhat grander scope (and budget) than his earlier movies, and although it has better production values, I find it less fulfilling. The film is a relatively standard dark drug film, filled with evil and gross characters and special effects, which range from relatively laughable to fairly disturbing. James Black and Tom Hoover are in good form as actors here, although James L. Edwards is perhaps not quite in the same league as “The Drug Lord.”

    Generally, the film is a modestly effective horror flick, a genre that is not one of my favorites, admittedly. It isn’t as scary as some big-budget horror movies, and it certainly isn’t as fun as the earlier Bookwalter fare, so it left me a bit unsatisfied. I suspect that horror and gore fans will find “Ozone” satisfactory, and people who are fans of the film will love the packaging which features loads of extras including commentary and “making of” shorts.

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