directed by Steve Barron
When it was released in 1990, it was the most successful indie film ever. Little known fact, but it was also the most ninja-fightinest, gnarly, pizza-eatinest comic fantasy ever filmed. Stop me if you heard this one: 4 turtles and a rat happen upon some ooze that mutates them into humanoid ninja crime fighters trying to rid the world of evil, one ass-whooping at a time. Uh oh, sounds like the perfect time for the appearance of an arch villain. At the helm of the awesome force of the foot clan is Shredder, the human Ginsu knife who has his cross hairs honed on the classically named amphibians. Armed to the teeth (do turtles have teeth?) and assisted by the most realistic crime fighter in comicland, Casey Jones, the shadow of ninjas (I just came up with that collective noun for a group of ninjas, isn’t it sweet?) set out to get back their kidnapped sensei Splinter and destroy the fiend known as Shredder. Excellent! When it comes to realizing the dreams of countless youthful imaginations, nobody did or has done it better than Steve Barron. If you’re interested in exploring more of Barron’s whimsy mixed with vinegar world, I strongly suggest his excellent film Rat, starring Peter Postlethwaite and filmed right around the block from where I used to work in Dublin. What fun!