A good dual format release from shameless-films, with few nice extra features.
the films itself has a good performance/appearance from Ursula Anders, including the choice of colors for her outfits, did not like the ‘futuristic design’ of them though (crazy sunglasses hats). The movie makes sense, has few bizarre scenes (like the opening sequence), but causes frustration at at least few moments. You could call it an early – Italian version of the ‘Purge’ .
The Sword and Sorcery Double Bill
Ator the Fighting Eagle (1982) – directed by the man who partially produced ‘Troll2‘,
The son of Torren – Ator – follows his prophesied destiny to bring the end to the ‘Temple of the Spider’. On the way to meet it he fights witches, un-dead warriors, some kind of female warriors and of course a giant spider. Before his journey starts he manages to marry his sister. A cheap ‘Conan the Barbarian’ ripoff with a touch of feminism.
A mention worth is the fact that they wasted about 20 minutes of the movie to show the birth of Ator, which could be done in 2 scenes, and there is an almighty bear as well.
Red Sonja (1985) – Brigitte Nielsen’s the greatest film (for me); she looks great in this film (even greater in 35mm), unfortunately by the time of shooting she posses same acting skill as A.Schwarzenegger, who co-stars in it. That makes them a perfect match of physicality and acting skills. [Did I mention that she looks great on film]. The support actors (Paul L. Smith and Ernie Reyes Jr.) compensate for the lack of acting skills at the top 2.
The film itself has great cinematography (amazing landscape shots) and impressive sculptures and sets. Similar as in ‘Ator…’ the dialogues aren’t to smart and deep , but the story does not require that. A great 35 mm experience.
Directed by the later maker of ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ ,
feminist, bloody, bad shi*t crazy
like the Italian dubbing better than the English version
TFH gets the essence of it:
I wonder how it will play in a double feature with ‘war on everyone’
This is not ‘the worst movie ever made’ ,
some ideas here are really crazy. Deborah Reed is killin’ it.
Not bad for a xmas family movie.
Half in the Bag episode 8 explains it quite accurate
Now just go and watch ‘Troll 2’
Looks good, sounds nice, has characters that you sympathize with.
Eye pleasuring special effects, the most wicked motorcycle – bus-horse-witnessed crash scene on Italian film, and 22-year old Anna Falchi.
The only thing to dislike, is the story line that feels out of sync, it’s like somebody shuffled comic strips from various Dylan dog stories and spliced them into one movie.
The segments perfectly work separately, but as an unified film they are rather confusing. At the end of the film you find yourself, same as the main characters, at the end of a beautiful road to nowhere.
‘Dellamorte Dellamore” is not bad if a cinematic-cemetery-one-night-stand is what you’re looking for.
Silk (1986) – Cec Verrell is Jenny Sleighton aka Silk, the smoothest cop in Honolulu, she shoots, climbs, kills and loves. Unfortunately not so much stuff typical to a female characater.
‘ When the heat’s on no one’s smoother than ….’
The theme song
is a typical ‘CH Santiago’ soundtrack ‘smash hit’
Dune Warriors (1990) – a Mad Max 2 like post apocalyptic dessert adventure. Swords meet motorcycles and machine guns (the opening scene
says it all), felt a bit like ‘7 samurai’ ; and David Carradine is in it.