River of Death (1989)

Pretty good cast, including Robert Vaughn as Dr Manteufel, and Donald Pleasence as a Nazi officer.

The movie starts quite promising, but then it goes into trash gradually.

Canon aimed for a Cannibal – Nazi – Indiana Jones – Revenge  combo, but missed by a bit, if not by much.

To watch a revenge film concentrated around the little girl, that we get introduced to at the beginning of the film,  would be quite cool, btw the actress that played her as an adult was quite “good”.

The monologues of M. Dudikoffs character are irritating and have some unintentional humor as well.

I might have seen it before, but not the ‘restored’ version.

Need to re-watch it  with the commentary track.

Were swastikas allowed on a cover in the UK back then ?

Branded with Alistair MacLean’s name for more impact.

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La decima vittima (1965)

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’ .

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Ator the Fighting Eagle (1982) / Red Sonja (1985) – 35mm -B-TO-Z DOUBLE BILL AT CINEMATEK

The  Sword and Sorcery Double Bill

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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.

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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.

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Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore (1976)

Directed by the later maker of ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ ,

feminist, bloody, bad shi*t crazy

like the Italian dubbing better than the English version

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TFH gets the essence of it:

 

I wonder how it will play in a double feature with ‘war on everyone’

R.O.T.O.R. (1987)

I needed 5 attempts over the last year  to make it through the first 10 minutes of ROTOR, but the worst was still ahead of me.

Crazy dialog with weird punchlines, illogical scene placement and length,  a funny tinfoil robot in a tiny police hat, sound great…

…unfortunately all that is painful to watch.

The digital remaster on BD does not make it better.

One of the movies that you have more fun talking about than actually watching it.

The guy who player ROTOR played also 3 more characters (according to IMDB).

RLM made an episode of BOTW about it.

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cover found on http://bmoviebffs.com/