Saturn's Core

The Zombie Army

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Saturn's Core Audio & Video is a New Jersey based home video label devoted to releasing underground oddities and shot on video cinema on VHS, and now, blu-ray discs! In partnership with OCN Distribution, Saturn's Core will exhume forgotten or under-seen genre cinema from the 80s and 90s, with an emphasis on SOV horror features. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

The Pentagon has purchased an abandoned insane asylum as a training ground for The Lethal Ladies; an elite experimental female combat unit. Unfortunately, two former psychotic inmates were left behind in the asylum’s deserted fallout shelter. One is a shock therapy obsessed lunatic who fancies himself as a psychiatrist. The other, an unhinged nymphomaniac hellbent on lethal seduction. Together, they wreak havoc by capturing soldiers and turning them into mindless zombies by means of electricity. Trapped within the subterranean catacombs of the old asylum, The Lethal Ladies must rally their troops and do battle with the flesh-ripping hordes of the living dead.

Shot in Wilmington, Delaware and utilizing a real, abandoned asylum location, The Zombie Army was the brainchild of former military vet turned writer / producer John Kalinowski who harnessed local cable production talent to help realize his dream of staging a regional SOV zombie epic. Directed by local high school drama coach Betty Stapleford and featuring an amateur cast of hundreds firing live ammunition rounds, The Zombie Army is an outrageous eruption of exploding heads, melting faces, eyeball gouging, acid showers, gut-munching gore, and surprising nudity. Directed by a woman and featuring an oddly empowering feminist slant, The Zombie Army would go on to become a ‘90s rental store and fanzine favorite that continues to bewilder unsuspecting audiences.

directed by: Betty Stapleford
starring: Cindie Lou Acker, Jack Armstrong, Kevin Wiggins, Natalie Kidd
1991 / 82 min / 1.33:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with Richard Mogg, Author of Analog Nightmares: The Shot on Video Horror Films of 1982-1995
  • “Incubators of Death: The Asylum in Horror Cinema” -a visual essay by Dr. Will Dodson and Ryan Verrill of Someone's Favorite Productions
  • “Analog Outlaw” -Distributor / filmmaker J.R. Bookwalter discusses The Zombie Army
  • “The Video Makers” -3 episodes of the vintage cable access TV show hosted by writer / producer John Kalinowski
  • Archival contest video
  • Isolated music by The Killtoys
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible sleeve
  • English SDH subtitles