Phantom Pain Films is pleased to announce the new Special Edition VHS of the splatter-filled comic book vigilante film Robot Ninja from cult filmmaker J. R. Bookwalter(The Dead Next Door, Ozone), available on October 20.
Robot Ninja follows frustrated comic book artist Leonard Miller. His publisher and agent are working to unfairly capitalize on the success of his latest creation, a costumed crusader known as the “Robot Ninja.” Miller finds his breaking point when one night he witnesses the rape and murder of a young couple by a gang of ruthless thugs. Enlisting the help of an inventor friend, Miller decides to become his crime-fighting creation, the Robot Ninja. Taking to the streets, he wreaks bloody havoc, leaving a trail of slashed, stabbed, jabbed, poked, and gutted bodies in his vengeful wake, closing in on the murderous gang’s ringleader.
The new Special Edition VHS of Robot Ninja comes in a clear clamshell case with double-sided artwork. Both previously unseen comic art from the film’s production and the original video box art are featured in this release. The box art also includes a new director’s statement, signed by Bookwalter on the reverse. This Special Edition also contains 10 minutes of never released behind-the-scenes footage featuring actors Burt Ward (ABC’s “Batman”), Linnea Quigley (legendary Scream Queen), and Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead II).
Filmed in Akron, OH and Los Angeles, CA, this 16mm sophomore effort from Bookwalter was a more graphic and downbeat comic book movie than any other that had preceded it, even outdoing the dark tone of a certain soon-to-be-released comic book blockbuster:
“This was a film fueled by gallons of fake blood, plenty of late-night Taco Bell, and infectious fanboy anticipation for Tim Burton’s Batman, released days after we wrapped shooting in late June 1989,” Bookwalter explains.
Originally released to VHS in late 1989 from distributor Cinema Home Video, Robot Ninja has been out of print for nearly 30 years, with original copies hard to find and fetching top dollar online. Over the years it has garnered a worldwide cult following with multiple dubbed releases on VHS and DVD overseas.
“That’s saying something considering it went from video store shelves to oblivion,” Bookwalter offers.
Available to pre-order now at PhantomPainFilms.com.