Late one night, frustrated comic book artist Leonard Miller witnesses the assault and murder of a young couple at the hands of ruthless small-town thugs. Seeking vigilante justice, Miller decides to become his most famous character, stalking the night intent on spilling the blood of any criminal who stands in his way! Written, produced, and directed by J.R. Bookwalter ("The Dead Next Door," "Ozone"), "Robot Ninja" slashes, stabs, guts, pokes, and jabs its way to a climactic finale, putting a unique imprint on the superhero genre.
Lauded as one of America's most revered regional, genre filmmakers, Akron, Ohio's resident indie writer / director J.R. Bookwalter created a broad cinematic universe far outside of the Hollywood studio system and inspired a whole generation of backyard movie makers in the process. Horror Boobs and Saturn's Core Audio & Video are proud to present "Tempe Apocalypse"; a jam-packed weekend of screenings and events all featuring J.R. Bookwalter in person for the first time in the NYC area in over a decade.
Join us at 11Pm on Friday April 12th at the legendary Cinema Village in Manhattan for a special 30th anniversary screening of the brand new, 2K restoration of J.R.'s visceral sophomore feature Robot Ninja! When tasked to helm a 16mm action film at the behest of producer David DeCoteau in 1989, J.R. diverted and instead delivered a ground breaking, nihilistic, meta superhero / vigilante parable decades before "Kick Ass" and "Super" were conceptualized. Long disowned by its creator due to its shoddy post-production and murky VHS transfer, Bookwalter has spent the last year breathing new life back into Robot Ninja by painstakingly color correcting and remastering every frame to create an astonishing new 2K transfer, which will screen here for the first time outside of its hometown screening in Ohio.
With the recent announcement that Bookwalter's legendary company Tempe Video will be forever closing its proverbial doors and bidding adieu to the world of cinema, the "Tempe Apocalypse" weekend is certain to be a once in a lifetime, not to be missed happening celebrating the work of one of micro-budget cinema's most beloved and influential filmmakers.