It's October. Time to talk horror. This year I'm reviewing a different horror movie each day of the month.
Here's a movie which was reportedly made for a little over $700 ($1,000 CAD according to Wikipedia). Yes, it's probably the cheapest looking movie I've reviewed all month, but it certainly doesn't look like they only spent $700 on it. I would have guessed the budget was at least twice that.
And guess what. Manborg is probably one of the funnest movies I've watched this year.
I've heard of Astron-6, the small production company behind Manborg and the Troma-distributed Father's Day, but this is the first movie I've seen from them. It reminds me of another ultra low budget spectacle called The Taint, which indicates a movement of poor moviegoers who are likely pissed off studios no longer make entertainment for adults.
The supporting characters include a Liu Kang knockoff, whose voice is dubbed by an obviously caucasian actor (a nice touch), a female kung-fu assassin, and an illiterate pseudo-Australian with a penchant for revolvers. There's a little too much mugging and winking for the camera, but that's a minor complaint because most of the movie is wisely deadpanned, which makes it feel a bit more authentic.
Hollywood isn't making movies like this. The exclusion of production value is a small price to play for something so incredibly kick-ass.