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Knives of the Avenger (1966)

I coltelli del vendicatore (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure | January 1968 (USA)
A mysterious knife-throwing viking warrior protects a young peasant woman and her young son from the clutches of a evil regent bent on claiming the title of king and the woman for himself.

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Rurik / Helmut
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Hagen (as Frank Ross)
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King Arald (as Jack Stuart)
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Moki (as Louis Polletin)
Amedeo Trilli ...
Viking King (as Michael Moore)
Renato Terra ...
Hagen's henchman
Sergio Cortona ...
Hagen's henchman
Elissa Pichelli ...
Karin (as Lisa Wagner)
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After the apparent death of her husband King Arald, a viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Aghen, King Arald's enemy. But a mysterous stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which evetually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Aghen. Written by Anonymous

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One man's burning ambition for total vengeance

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January 1968 (USA)  »

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Knives of the Avenger  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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Director Mario Bava was brought in to salvage the troubled production after the original director was fired. Bava wound up scrapping most of the footage that had already been shot, threw out the old script, and rewrote and reshot virtually the entire film in six days. See more »

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Boring Viking film from Mario Bava
22 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

I generally can find something to like about all the big cult film subgenres; but the one exception to that is definitely the 'sword and sandal' film. I've only seen a handful and they never fail to bore me to tears. I tuned into this one simply because it has the great Mario Bava at the helm; however, it turns out that Bava is just as bad as Fulci when it comes to films like this, and Knives of the Avenger is heinously boring. What we basically get is a bunch of people that are supposed to be Vikings (I think) running around in silly costumes. The plot has something to do with a woman, or fighting, or something. Anyway, this basically goes on for about eighty five hours...sorry, I mean eighty five minutes and then the film ends. Mario Bava made his name in the horror genre and his directorial style lends itself to the genre so well as Bava is brilliant at creating atmosphere. This film does actually feature some decent camera work and Bava does create a few good atmospheric scenes. However, that's really the only good thing I have to say about this film. Before seeing Knives of the Avenger, I had Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Bombs down as Bava's least fine hour; but now I'd say it's a tie between the two. Both are very much avoidable, although fans of this type of movie (assuming this type of movie has fans) might find something to like here I suppose.


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