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THE MANITOU- 1978

Susan Strasberg, Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith

A woman wakes up one day to find a small growth on the back of her neck. The notion that she has a tumor is discounted when it is discovered that in actuality, the growth is a fetus(!) that is growing into an evil Indian medicine man that is threatening to be reborn by ripping itself from her back. Curtis, who plays a sham fortune teller who is told of Indian magic by a nutty character played by Meredith. Ansara plays the novice medicine man that takes on the evil force.
 
It is discovered that the medicine man spirit, or manitou, is the evil spirit Misquamacus, who has already been reborn multiple times After attaining a certain number of reincarnations, the spirit becomes invincible. The finale features one of the wildest and most "everything but the kitchen sink" style endings you're likely to see. The last 5 minutes features a battle in outer space(!) that has obviously been inspired by STAR WARS.

This, the final film of William Girdler, is his most expensive, star studded and ambitious effort. Although the film is very funny and cheesy, it's obvious that Girdler had lots of talent and with each film, he improved his skills. Had he lived longer, there'd be more fun little popcorn flicks like this one. All the actors amazingly, play everything deadly straight which only adds to the fun. The dialog is very silly at times but this, too, adds to the enjoyment.

The final 30 minutes is worth the DVD alone when Misquamacus emerges from Strasberg's back as an evil long haired midget in some convincingly frightening make-up by a young Tom Burman. Ice storms, earthquakes and the laser beam-asteroid battle in outer space between the manitou and a half naked Strasberg is one of the great WTF? moments in cinema history.



Girdler had a gift for getting name actors for his movies. Actors such as Christopher George, Richard Jaekal, Andrew Prine, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Curtis, Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith, etc...only in the 70s.

Girdler was killed in a helicopter crash shortly after the release of THE MANITOU scouting locations for a sequel to his biggest hit, the massively successful GRIZZLY. The sequel did eventually get made but it was never released.

PORTRAIT IN CRYSTAL- 1983

Jason Pai Piao, Kuan Feng, Liu Yu Po

One of the craziest Shaw Brothers action movies. This one mixes Fantasy, Horror and Swordplay action that provides a wild 90 minutes of mindless weirdness about a legend of a crystal maker who spilt blood on one of his creations causing it to come to life. Members of a powerful clan begin turning up dead and the crystal maker investigates only to discover a devious plot by a Martial Clan leader to eliminate his top rival and even members of his own family.

Elements of horror permeate the movie with a gothic flavor in nearly every scene. One of the main characters, who wears a sort of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA type mask, has a special skill with a small sceptor that has a skull attached to one end. The skull emits laser-like needles that cause the victims stomach to expand and explode in a geyser of viscera. The same character also has a pipa (a sort of chinese guitar) made of bones that, once played, causes the victims to puke to death! Another female assailant has a skill that causes people to explode and another that can set people on fire.

The final fight also features a main villain with a sword that, whatever it touches, is set on fire; even, on a couple of occasions, the air itself! The ending also features a completely naked and well endowed woman on a cross with netting wrapped all over her body that gets tighter and tighter threatening to tear through her skin. Oh, there's also an army of fighters that wear skull masks with long hair that duel with tridents. All this and MANY booby traps and dollops of gore make for a crazy viewing experience.

Very fun B level Shaw film made close to the end of their reign as the HK audiences were shying away from their period style of moviemaking. Golden Harvest was doing modern style action and thrillers around this time and that's what most people wanted to see. The same exact fate that befell Hammer years earlier. The Shaws would still produce a staggering 40+ movies in 1983 but by the next year, it would drop to under 20.

Fast paced director Hua Shan, who garnered critical aclaim for his big hit thriller, THE CRIMINALS from 74, eventually settled in to directing martial arts and swordplay actioners. One of his best remembered movies is the Roger Ebert favorite THE SUPER INFRA-MAN.

HUNDRA- 1983

Laurene Landon

A village of women is brutally wiped out and the sole survivor, a fierce female warrior and her canine companion, Beast, must seek out the men responsible but must also learn to accept men if her line is to continue. She ultimately enters a town run by men where the women are trained as servants and sex slaves. Here, she not only finds the men that slaughtered her people, but also a man that she chooses to mate with...only he doesn't want her. One of the slave girls she befriends teaches her how to be more lady-like and in return, she trains her how to fight. The film culminates in a violent finale between Hundra and the barbarians. It all ends happily though.

Matt Cimber (BUTTERFLY, THE CANDY TANGERINE MAN) does a fine job with this female CONAN film. Landon was a great choice having previously played a tough cookie in Robert Altman's ALL THE MARBLES about female wrestlers and also starring Peter Falk. Landon impressed the Spanish crew by performing all her own stunts. She also appeared in the following years YELLOW HAIR AND THE FORTRESS OF GOLD also directed by Cimber.

Ennio Morricone is on hand to deliver a wonderfully bombastic and also serenely romantic score. During the opening village massacre and the finale, Morricone perfectly channels Basil Poledouris's similar music from CONAN. Two years later Morricone would apparently rework some of this films score for the far inferior, but similarly themed RED SONJA.

Available for years on video from Media in both R and uncensored versions, the film finally hits DVD in an extras packed special edition. A Making Of Documentary, stills galleries, trailers, a comic book and the first 5,000 discs come with the soundtrack free.





TREASURE OF THE AMAZON- 1985

Stuart Whitman, Donald Pleasence, John Ireland, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Amendariz Jr., Hugo Stiglitz, Emilio Fernandez

A bunch of explorers, danger seekers and a nazi (Pleasence) are on separate expeditions to locate a hidden cache of gold and diamonds hidden away in the Amazon jungle. Lots of violence and gore and equal portions of nudity including the nazi's companion who is topless through the entire movie. Even when she wears a top, at least one breast is exposed.

All the jungle dangers are trotted out here--Crocodiles, snakes, crabs, quick sand, thousands of dragon flies and headhunters who enjoy decapitation and hanging captives by meathooks through their tongues.

Directed by Mexican exploitation king Rene Cardona Jr., he perfectly apes and exceeds the Italian style jungle adventure that itself was a more visceral and violent offspring of the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK series. Contains a very good attention getting score that sounds like it belongs in a bigger movie. Live sound was used for this one and everyone speaks english although at times, it is obvious that english is not some of the actors first language.

Cardona also directed the movie SURVIVE! about the Andes plane crash survivors that resorted to cannibalism to survive. CYCLONE, a similar venture about the title disaster that strands a group of vacationers on a large boat in shark infested waters. GUYANA, CRIME OF THE CENTURY starring Whitman as Rev. Jim Jones who need no introduction. NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES, a gory, horror-female wrestling movie about an experiment gone wrong resulting in a hulking, murderous ape like creature killing and raping. A drive-in and late night TV regular.



Whitman is quite funny here and with all his facial hair and frequent outbursts, resembles a manic depressive Grizzly Adams. Whitman, who was once predicted to be the next big hollywood actor back in the 50s, ultimately ended up in lead or co-starring roles in exploitation actioners like MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS starring Fred Williamson, INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD with Laura Gemser and Harold Sakata and BLAZING MAGNUM with John Saxon and Martin Landau. Whitman was also the original actor to play Bowen Tyler in LAND THAT TIME FORGOT but was removed at the last minute because the producer didn't like him and opted for Doug McClure instead. In recent years, Whitman has amassed a personal fortune of 100 million dollars from smart investing.

With its "What the hell am I doing in this movie?!" cast of names, and several stand out gory set pieces like the man who is killed by an army of crabs that bite, tear and gouge out his eyes (very reminescent of Fulci's THE BEYOND) this is another dumb but never dull exploitation flick. Watch for Pleasence's unpleasant demise during the final moments. The ending is a hoot as well.










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GALAXY OF TERROR- 1980

Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Robert England, Sid Haig, Zalman King

A group of militaristic space rangers receive a distress call from an unknown planet and are dispatched to investigate. When they arrive, their ship is damaged in the landing. After a crewmember is badly mutilated investigating the ship the distress signal came from, the crew explores the planet's surface. They find miles of wrecked ships and then a gigantic eerie looking pyramid. Once inside, the crew members are killed off in gruesome fashion one by one in various ways by creatures or more supernatural means. It is ultimately discovered that the pyramid itself is an ancient alien toy left behind by an extraterrestrial race where those that enter, must face their worst fears. If they can conquer that fear, they live, if not, they die. A final twist closes the movie.

Originally, ALIEN was to have been a Roger Corman movie but Fox, after being convinced by Dan O'bannon, decided at the last minute that ALIEN should be a big budget, big studio movie. Sets had already been built by James Cameron for the Corman version so these were put to use here. The sets created by Cameron are stunning. Some of the most surreal and ghostly, not to mention ambitious, mattes and set design for a low budgeted production ever.

The gore and exploitation is ample. One of the most famous scenes in horror history is the maggot rape scene where former Penthouse girl Taffee O'Connell is raped by a giant maggot shortly after disintegrating a horde of them chewing on the arm of a crewmember. It grows to enormous size and stalks her through the darkened tunnels before stripping her of her clothes revealing her ample assets. The one part of this sequence that gets the most talk is that the female victim appears to be ENJOYING IT just before she expires!



Edward Albert, who would go on to a nice career in exploitation cinema, plays the main protagonist Cabran. He can be seen in the big studio sleaze-fest THE HOUSE WHERE EVIL DWELLS starring with Susan George and Doug McClure. Directed by Kevin Conner who helmed the four Amicus Dinosaur adventures among other things.

Erin Moran, Joanie from HAPPY DAYS, gets one of the most spectacular death scenes. She plays an empath who happens to be claustrophobic. Apparently, she isn't fond of this movie as it has been said she refuses to sign memorbilia or DVDs of this movie.

Exploitation fans will no doubt recognize the greatness that is Sid Haig. He plays a (mostly) silent martial arts expert who, instead of laser guns uses shuriken-like weapons that are made of unbreakable crystals.

Ray Walston of course is remembered for MY FAVORITE MARTIAN. He plays the mysterious Kor, the cook who may or may not be a more insidious character.

Zalman King plays Baylon, the trigger happy leader of the group who goes around frying everything in sight. King would later go on to create the Showtime cable erotic hit tv show RED SHOE DIARIES as well producing numerous erotic movies.

Robert England, Freddy Krueger himself, plays Ranger, whose fear is himself. England continued doing horror movies.

Cameron would also direct 2nd unit and go on design other movies for Corman including his SEVEN SAMURAI in space BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and do matte work on ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Cameron eventually got his first directing gig on PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING although he would eventually be fired(!) from this film with Ovidio Assonitis finishing the film.

Portions of the interior of the space ships were nothing more than spray painted McDonalds styrofoam burger boxes! This was one of Cameron's many cost cutting innovations. These same sets, slightly modified and looking more like burger boxes, would turn up in Corman's even sleazier follow-up entitled FORBIDDEN WORLD which features the first ever barfing alien(!) After the multi tentacled toothy monster is fed a cancer tumor, it proceeds to regurgitate until it's nothing more than a large pool of slop.

A smorgasbourge of cool ideas and ample amounts of boobs, beasts and blood, plus a brief bit of kung fu action between Cabran and Q-uad (Haig) ensures a super drive-in feature with much entertainment value. For me the best of the ALIEN clones, even though this was originally supposed to BE ALIEN, it's a personal favorite.

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HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP- 1980

Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow

Something is killing the dogs in a sleepy fishing town. When bodies of badly mutilated men turn up, it is soon discovered that the chemicals used to increase the salmon population have increased their evolution turning them into humanoid monsters who must mate with women. Ann Turkel is the scientist who reveals what is going on when the body of a young girl is found having been violently raped. A sub plot involving Vic Morrow as the bigot Slattery who has a beef with a local Indian who wants to shut down a cannery that is being built on his land. McClure is the hero of the piece.

One of the greatest drive-in movies of all time was obviously a very low budget affair. Several glaring continuity errors can be spotted but there's never a dull moment so these couple of missteps only add to the sleazy nature of the affair.



Rob Bottin created the superb monster suits that are simply amazing on what little money there was to work with. Fits famous critic Joe Bob Briggs' 3 B's-Boobs, Beasts and Blood. Lots of cool explosions and a very graphic ALIENesque type ending where a young woman gives birth to one of the monsters.



Directed by a woman, Barbara Peeters, who became disenchanted with Corman who, after the film was finished, went back and shot additional nudity and gore. The excellent score was from a young James Horner who also did the very bombastic and soaring score for Corman's BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS. Horner would go on to become one of the greatest film score composers adding KRULL(his most personal), STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHHAAAANNNNN!!! TITANIC, ETC..)

Morrow would go on from here to appear in numerous Italian movies including the banned in America THE LAST SHARK and 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS both from Enzo Castellari. Immediately thereafter Morrow would be decapitated during the shooting of TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE.

McClure would continue doing exploitation movies and the occasional guest appearance even appearing as Jamie Farr's slave in CANNONBALL RUN 2.


THE LADY TERMINATOR- 1986

One of the most successful Indonesian films ever. Another adaptation of the oft filmed legend of the Queen of the South Seas. An American college student is possessed by the Queen and goes on a killing spree with a machine gun that never runs out of bullets and occasionally takes time out to satisfy her sexual hunger by screwing men to death (what a way to go!). A sorcerer comes to the aid of a girl who has been targeted by the Terminator…I mean the Queen. Her boyfriend recruits some army buddies and they take on the Queen in an effects filled climax.

The movie riffs wholesale from THE TERMINATOR but the film is so mind numbingly hilarious in its ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ mentality, you couldn’t possibly take it seriously. If you enjoy so-bad-it’s-good movies, you shouldn’t miss this.

The best scene would have to be the one where the South Seas Terminator goes to a police station to get the girl and mows down everything in sight emptying what seems like thousands and thousands of bullets. One poor military guy gets about a hundred bullets in his body even after he's hit the ground followed a swift kick to the groin to make sure he's dead.

One of the biggest hits ever in Indonesia. A huge grindhouse hit during its 87-88 run on 42nd street. One of many jaw droppingly loony Indonesian flicks. Some of the craziest feature one of their biggest action stars, Barry Prima who resembles Jorge Rivero a bit.

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TEN TO MIDNIGHT- 1983

Charles Bronson, Andrew Stevens

Bronson is at his tough-as-nails best as a cop who uses illegal and excessive means to nab a psychotic sexual killer who murders beautiful women while he's naked. Stevens is his by-the-book partner. The killer, always one step ahead of the police, cannot fool Bronson, who ultimately turns the tables on the murderer until he targets Bronson's daughter and several of her nurse friends. The films ending, besides being one of the best damn endings of any movie, speaks volumes about our legal system then which is pretty much the same now.

Bronson gets some great lines and manages to seriously taunt the killer by the midway point. The bloody and violent final half was based on a real serial murder involving a room full of nurses who were summarily executed save for one woman who managed to survive by hiding under the corpses.

One of the sleaziest American crime pictures, elements of horror are mixed in as is an uncommon amount of nudity from both male and female members of the cast. It's quite surprising this received an R rating in its current version particularly its disturbing mix of sex and death.

An early effort from Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus before they would get all RAMBOfied on US movie screens bombarding cinemas with a new Bronson and Norris movie every few months. Around this time, Golan-Globus also dabbled in horror with the british OMEN knock-off, THE GODSEND (1980), the neatly plotted slasher NEW YEAR'S EVIL (1981) and the modern vampire movie DRACULA'S LAST RITES (1983).

ZOLTAN, HOUND OF DRACULA- 1977

Michael Pataki, Jose Ferrer, Reggie Nalder

Amusing and entertaining little movie about some Russian soldiers who excavate Dracula’s tomb. One of the soldiers brilliantly removes a stake from one of the corpses unleashing Drac’s dog Zoltan who kills the guard then removes the stake with his teeth from his original owner played by Reggie Nalder. They must seek out a descendant of Dracula so as to have a new master to serve. Michael Pataki is that man. Jose Ferrer chases after Pataki, who is on vacation with his family, to clue him in on the impending danger.



It's never revealed what would happen to Nalder and Zoltan should they not find a descendant of Dracula. There's one really unintentionally funny moment where Pataki finds a trunk with lots of old photos and paraphernalia. He finds a photo of his descendant Count Dracula...YES A PHOTO...of Dracula POSING with the vampirized dog Zoltan. It's never explained why there's a picture of a vampire considering the oft told notion that they cast no reflection in mirrors nor can they be seen in pictures. Even with the faults, everyone plays the flick deadly serious.

The Doberman used in the film as the vampire dog is very well trained and performs numerous stunts. The sight of the dog with long blood dripping fangs with the white eyes is quite a disturbing shot. The scenes with the dogs are very well done and the sound effects used for their growls post vampirized are most effective.

Nalder is suitably grotesque as the servant who needs no make-up to look creepy. He would go on to appear in what I think is the scariest damn vampire movie ever made SALEM'S LOT where he played the chief vampire Mr. Barlow.

Some creepy imagery such as the many vampirized dogs with their glowing white eyes and an assault on a shed with a full moon in the background is a highlight. The scene of the undead puppy crawling from its grave is a hoot. The final shot, a dolly, revealing numerous animals decapitated or half eaten just before cutting to a white eyed, fanged snarling puppy will give you a chuckle.

Future award winning effects man Stan Winston did the effects for this film. He also did effects for other exploitation faves PARASITE, a 3-D monster movie that was Demi Moore's first acting gig, and MANSION OF THE DOOMED, a gruesome re-telling of Le Franju's EYES WITHOUT A FACE starring Richard Baseheart, Lance Henricksen and Vic Tayback.

Albert Band (whose son Charles, would torture audiences to no end with numerous movies featuring various pint sized monsters) directed. A drive-in favorite.

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ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS- 1974

Dyanne Thorne, George "Buck" Flower

Not the first, but the one that got the Naziploitation genre going. Thorne's Ilsa is a Nazi scientist conducting vile experiments on captives and also utilizing American POWs for her sexual exploits. Those that fail to satisfy her sexual cravings are castrated and their members kept in a medicine cabinet. One captive in particular drives her wild which leads to her undoing resulting in a revolt by the other male and female captives. One female captive has a startling threshhold for pain and at the end, resembling a bloody, disfigured mass of a former beautiful woman, seeks revenge on Ilsa. Once it's known that the war is lost, German forces are ordered to march on the extermination camp and destroy all traces...including Ilsa.

Based on a real Nazi Doctor, Ilsa Koch, known as the 'Bitch of Butchenwalde', was the wife of a top ranking Nazi official. She really did pickle mens members and also was a prototype for future Wisconsin cannibal Ed Gein in that she enjoyed flaying people alive and making lamps, books and ornaments out of her victims skin. She even shocked the 3rd Reich with her deeds. Her husband was eventually tried and executed while she was, amazingly, acquitted of her crimes(!) after going into an epileptic fit and pretending to be insane. She was re-arrested soon after by German authorities and given a life sentence after 240 witnesses testified against her. In 1967 at age 61 she hanged herself in her cell with bed sheets. Some 50,000 inmates were tortured and murdered by Ilsa Koch.



One of the most famous and infamous of the grindhouse/drive-in experiences, it still packs a wallop today. Features numerous scenes of torture and cruelty and near constant sex and nudity that borders on hardcore. Filmed on the left over sets for HOGAN'S HEROES, director Don Edmonds shows a lot of flair and ingenuity for the 5 figure budget.

Multiple award winning special effects artist Dick Smith did the make-up. Future John Carpenter and JURASSIC PARK DP Dean Cundey was the cinematographer.

George "Buck" Flower, Boomer from the WILDERNESS FAMILY movies plays a Nazi scientist(!) He returned as a syphillis infected retarded peasant(!) for the first sequel. Flower had an illustrious career in exploitation cinema.

SHE-WOLF was followed by two official sequels (ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHIEKS, ILSA, THE TIGRESS OF SIBERIA) and one un-official (ILSA, THE WICKED WARDEN, aka WANDA, THE WICKED WARDEN, aka ILSA, ABSOLUTE POWER) directed by super hack Jess Franco. Often imitated but never duplicated, ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS at one time was the biggest moneymaking independent film ever.

FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN- 1978

Maurizio Merli

A big time crime boss heads to NY after some of his goons assassinate his rival in the streets of Corleone. Lt. Berni finds out his whereabouts and when Beressi (Merola) learns the cops in NY are on to him as well he decides to put a hit on the two people left who can put him away for good- the man who carried out the assassination (Pelligra) and Beressi's girlfriend. Berni just misses saving the girlfriend but captures the hit man and plans to go to NY along with his prisoner to testify. Along the way Beressi's men try and take the two out and once they reach NY the obstacles become bigger. Berni just barely gets his witness to court in time (and alive) with the ending foreshadowing more trouble ahead.

Umberto Lenzi’s final, and surprisingly, most subtle cop thriller. Director Lenzi, who had dabbled in every genre imaginable, will always be, in America at least, most famous for his down and dirty Italian cannibal movies. It's a shame really. Lenzi has worked with John Huston, Henry Fonda, Henry Silva, George Peppard and Jack Palance to name a handful of great actors that have appeared in his movies. Lenzi excelled in the crime and war pictures. He really seemed most comfortable here. That's not to say these movies were any less violent and nasty, as many of them were.

Lenzi apparently was in love with New York during the 70s and 80s as many of his films feature scenes there. Here, a good portion of the movie is shot on the streets of Manhattan and good old Times Square. I believe a marquee for THE WARRIORS can be seen in the background at one point.

CORLEONE however, is Lenzi at his most subdued, opting for suspense and action instead of bloody violence. Famous Maurizio Merli even plays his final cop character much differently than before. Here, he is a law abiding, by-the-book cop as opposed to all his previous DIRTY HARRY modelled characters. Probably Lenzi's most polished cop thriller and one of, if not his best poliziotteschi.





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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2007, 01:18:19 AM »

Great reviews AC but it would be easier on the eyes if you could somehow re-size the paragrapghs to fit on the screen so I don't have to scroll from left to right. Maybe this is just my computer. Embarrassed


One other complaint...don't block the nudity Angry

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2007, 02:58:05 AM »

Hey i thought my computer was playing up with having to scroll left and right. Embarrassed

Thanks for the reviews AC and the stills are great.The nuditys great and all in the name of art. Grin

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The nuditys great and all in the name of art. Grin

of course it is...

in the name of art..............  (of course)  Lips Sealed

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Very good reviews AC.  I haven't heard of ANY of these, but they sound great.


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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2007, 02:58:20 PM »

I'm not sure why the paragraphs go so far over. Maybe it's how I've pasted them from my notepad. I didn't block the nudity. The site the picture came from had it blocked. I held back on two photos from ILSA as they were pretty gross and I didn't want to offend anyone. The photo on the site I posted isn't even from the first ILSA but the second one.

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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2007, 04:05:46 PM »

Thanks AC for these great reviews of such eclectic cinema. You've particulaly interested me in seeing Galaxy Of Terror. Good Old JC. (And I actually thing Khan is the best Horner score... if only for the Amazing Grace sequence, so shoot me if you guys don't like it  Grin )

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2007, 04:46:37 PM »

AC's the unsung hero of bringing to our attention all these rare films and genres.Keep it up buddy. Afro

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2007, 05:37:14 AM »

You're absolutely right about the KHAN score LA.  Very poetic and often bombastically adventurous. I'm torn between this one and KRULL, his most personal and time consuming effort. I managed to get ahold of a 2 disc complete score from SuperCollector when they were in business. His HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP score isn't shabby either. Horners score for BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980) is as soaring as the KHAN score. It foreshadows STAR TREK 2 in many ways. I have these scores as well. Have you heard them?

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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2007, 05:50:36 AM »

No I haven't, I have to admit most Horner stuff I have tends to have JC connected with it.

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TRUCK TURNER- 1974

Isaac Hayes, Nichelle Nichols, Yaphett Kotto, Dick Miller

Jonathan Kaplan's blaxploitation classic about big, bad and black Isaac Hayes as skip tracer Truck Turner, as in 'Mac'Truck Turner. Truck and his partner try
to bring down a crime syndicate in between cracking skulls and appearing in court. During a chase, the two bounty hunters are forced to kill one of the
bosses as well as laying a right cross on a half naked white woman who stabs Truck's partner with a butcher knife. Later, the other members of the syndicate want revenge and they plan to take out Truck and his partner as well as anybody that happens to be in the way.

Not only one of the most violent black action movies, but one of the most violent actioners of the 70s period. Nichelle Nichols, Uhura from STAR TREK, would be booted off the Enterprise if she said some of the downright vulgar dialog she utters here. She plays a madam of a whore house who is just as mean and nasty as the male villains.

Yaphett Kotto is also very brutal here. The filmmakers did an outstanding job at creating really evil bad guys. During the finale, Kotto is chased into a
hospital by Hayes where Kotto has no qualms about "interrupting" surgery in progress nor is he shy about taking a few innocent patients and nurses out at the same time.

Hayes is excellent here as the wisecracking and intelligent Truck Turner. He's tough as all hell and gets many memorable lines. One of the best involves the chase to nab one of the crime bosses earlier in the film. The villain runs into a bar and hands out money to everyone in the place telling them to beat the crap out of the two guys about to come through the door. Of course, Turner and his partner take care of business. Truck tells the ruffians that--"If anybody asks what happened here, you tell'em you all were hit by a truck...'Mac'Truck Turner...understand?"

There's also an hilarious scene where Truck gets his jailbird girlfriend arrested so as to protect her from the determined villains who've done a serious
number on everyone close to him.

Frequent Roger Corman and Joe Dante actor, Dick Miller plays the man who gets Truck and his partner their jobs. Miller can be seen in THE HOWLING, GREMLINS 1 and 2, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) and A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) to name a few.

Definitely one of the best, there's hardly any fat on this movie. It's pure exploitation thrills from beginning to end. It's a shame Hayes didn't do many of
these movies. Hayes is also in the only Italian blaxploitation hybrid movie. Entitled TOUGH GUYS, it's a Dino de Laurentiis production directed by Duccio
Tessari. Fred Williamson plays the bad guy. Hayes is partnered with an Italian priest who also is a bit of a drunk. Hayes is very naive in his role. A
terrible movie and a missed opportunity. Hayes would have renewed fame six years later as the 'Duke of New York'....A number 1....



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