The Final Sacrifice
A lost city... A cult of unholy warriors... And a boy's quest for the secret of his father's death.
"'I'm Rowsdower. Zap Rowsdower.'"
"You know what? You lose me straight away when your movie's protagonist is named 'Zap Rowsdower'. The second I hear him identified as 'Zap Rowsdower' I am squeezing past you and climbing over your legs and muttering "excuse me" and I am getting the hell out of the movie. Only this time I couldn't because I was at work and I'm hourly and I had used up all my vacation and sick time. How about Plink Holmgren? Or Pow Flowhauer?"
— Mary Jo Pehl
is a noble but doomed attempt to film an old-fashioned adventure film in rural Canada with an ultra-low budget
(around $1500) and an inexperienced cast and director. It is best known from its appearance
on Mystery Science Theater 3000
Ruled by the evil Satoris, an ancient cult of Canadian wrestlers
is bent on world domination. Instrumental to their plan is a map to the ancient Ziox
cult idol, recently discovered by a young boy, Troy McGreggor. When the cult invades his home to recover the map
, he flees and ends up in the bed of a passing pickup truck, driven by the film's Designated Hero
—a burly, surly Randy Bachman-lookalike hilariously named Zap Rowsdower
. At first Rowsdower considers turning Troy over to the police, but after Troy helps him to fix his broken-down truck and Rowsdower helps Troy escape from the cult leaders again, he decides to let Troy stay with him. Rowsdower and Troy become friends and together search for the lost idol
before the cult can claim it and take over the world.
The map leads Troy, and eventually Rowsdower, all over Alberta, through some unlikely caves, and finally to the unkempt shack of a hairy, grizzled fugitive by the name of Mike Pipper. Pipper was a partner of Troy's father; he has been hiding in the woods from Satoris for seven years (who never found him, even though it took Troy and Zap a few days at most). Pipper reveals that the cultists are the last descendants of the Ziox, an ancient culture whose civilization was destroyed by their god after they turned away from it and worshiped an evil idol instead. According to Pipper the Ziox built a great city
that was more advanced than "anything the ancient Egyptians or Romans ever knew", but their god sank the city in a yearlong rainstorm.
Eventually, Troy is captured by Satoris and his cult. Satoris means to make Troy the titular final sacrifice, which will give him an army of invincible zombie warriors. It's up to Rowsdower to save Troy and put an end to the cult's activities.Not to be confused with Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice.
Contrast with the films of David Cronenberg
and Atom Egoyan
, both of whom make good
Canadian movies.Mystery Science Theater 3000
episode recap here
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