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Empire of Ash (1988)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy | February 1989 (USA)
In post-nuclear "New Idaho," a lone warrior teams up with a girl to help rescue the girl's sister from a hostile warrior clan.


Lloyd A. Simandl (story), Saul Urbonas | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Kilgour Melanie Kilgour ... Danielle
Thom Schioler ... Orion
Frank Wilson ... Shepherd
James Stevens James Stevens ... Iodine
Alexander MacKenzie Alexander MacKenzie ... Chuck (as Sandy MacKenzie)
Michele Chiponski Michele Chiponski ... Baalca (as Misha Lachat)
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Eric Horsfall Eric Horsfall ... Grandpa
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In post-nuclear "New Idaho," a lone warrior teams up with a girl to help rescue the girl's sister from a hostile warrior clan.

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The war is over... But the fight has just begun!


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February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Maniac Warriors See more »

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North American Pictures See more »
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On Baalca's bunk bed is a June 1980 edition of Playboy magazine with Dorothy Stratten on the cover as Playmate of the Year. Stratten, who died in 1980, starred in director Lloyd A. Simandl first movie, Autumn Born (1979). See more »

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At the end of the Cast Credits, it says: and others See more »


Followed by Empire of Ash III (1989) See more »


Gonna Get Some
by John Wednesday
Performed by David Park
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Bottom of the barrel post apocalypse trash
26 December 2015 | by Dave from OttawaSee all my reviews

Folks looking for Empire of Ash I should be aware that E of A II is not a higher gloss remake of the first, like The Evil Dead II. This movie actually IS E of A One, with a different title on the VHS box. As methods for cutting down the cost of a sequel, that one has to take first prize.

Anyway, Empire of Ash II played frequently on Canadian pay TV channels back in the 80s, as it qualified as local content thanks to being shot on location here. On a story concept level, it actually has some intriguing conceits. Two opposing groups have arisen from the flames of our dead civilization: a group led by scientists who are using captives to create a treatment for those stricken by radiation sickness, and a group of religious fundamentalists led by a loony preacher. Into this world stumble two sisters, and one is taken captive. The older sister, who just happens to have kick butt combat skills, enlists the aid of a couple of free living survivalists to retrieve her sibling. The result is a series of gun battles with both groups of crazies. For an 80s era shoot 'em up, this is not a bad foundation upon which to build. Moreover, the technical level of the movie is no worse than is typical for an exercise of this budget range. Lighting, video and sound recording were at least adequate to follow the action.

Unfortunately, the movie's execution falls far short of its ambitions. The story plays out in a hatchet-chopped fashion, with the action sequences lacking sharp form and dovetailing poorly one with the next. The dialogue is terrible and often makes little sense and the performances are all over the place. This tells me that either the script was being rewritten on the fly, or the creators had no idea how to shape a film, or more likely both. When working with a nothing budget and semi-pro actors, a sure directorial hand, good pre-production planning and effective rehearsals are essential and none of this is in evidence.

The action scenes themselves, the point of the movie in other words, are also of very inconsistent quality, and range downward from not bad to will-somebody-tell-me- wth-is-going-on? In certain scenes, the viewer is required to expend more energy trying to keep straight who is doing what and where than is justified by the underwhelming thrills. The lead actress, Melanie Kilgour, tries hard to keep the viewer watching, but frankly deserved better.

The only reason to watch this backyard movie making mess is to set up the more watchable sequel, E of Ash III.

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