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Welcome to Blood City (1977)

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A group of people find themselves as slaves in what looks like a Wild West town, but with no memory of who they are or how they got there. In this town, people advance through killing ... See full summary »

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A group of people find themselves as slaves in what looks like a Wild West town, but with no memory of who they are or how they got there. In this town, people advance through killing others. One of the people decides to go for the top position. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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2 March 1984 (Portugal)  »

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A very odd film, that doesn't do enough with the potential it had
30 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jack Palance was the main reason to see this, and while he doesn't disappoint the film in general does. An interesting concept here, but not enough is done with it and the low budget really hinders it.

Palance's performance is also the best thing about the film, he is so much fun while keeping his dignity intact, he resists the temptation also to overact like he sometimes did in similar roles. In fact, the acting is the component that comes off the least badly here, Keir Dullea is decent and Samantha Eggar while deserving more to do gives the film's second best performance, being quite thoughtful and with a good deal of authority. Roy Budd provides an appropriately eerie and thrilling music score without intruding too much. There are also some charmingly offbeat parts in the script.

Welcome to Blood City however is badly let down by being so lifelessly directed by Peter Sasdy, who has shown before that he is a competent director, and the painfully obvious low budget, especially in the choppy editing, dizzying camera angles and dreadfully fuzzy picture quality. The settings are also pretty limited and never feel authentic. Apart from some offbeat moments, the script is completely devoid of tension, while the story is often very dull and the suspense is marred by the virtual reality concept being revealed far too early. There are some interesting ideas here, but nowhere near enough is done with them. The characters are very one-dimensional, and despite Dulleas' performance any empathy towards his character's plight was rarely on this viewer's mind.

All in all, a very odd film that had potential but executes it pretty badly. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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