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Mankillers. The name itself should tell you to 'lighten up' and relax while
you sit back on a late Friday or Saturday night to watch this one.
It's about a girl (McKenna) who is a former CIA agent that must put together and train a group of 10 women convicts. Their job is to find John Mickland and stop him (by any means necessary). Hence the name 'Mankillers'. Mickland has been up to no good in the form of kidnapping young girls and selling them to rich nogood individuals.
It's a cheesy movie that looks like a group of 10 to 15 friends got together to make. With that said, you will get plently of laughs from the lack of special effects, or the low budget stunts that are performed. There is one scene where some kidnapped girls are being kept in the man guarded camp. The camp itself is low budget defined. There are all these shacks constructed of 2 x 4's and sheet metal. But that all adds to the effect of a 'budget on a shoestring'. The movie has some classic scenes too. The head bad guy has a scene where he is interrogating another man (an infiltrator). He handcuffs the guy up to the ceiling and pulls out a chainsaw (like in Scarface) and yells at the guy. The authority in his voice and the way he delivers the dialog is classic. The scene ends *SPOILER* with the chainsaw being driven into the helpless victim and fades out as we hear his blood curtling screams. Classic.
The movie has some fairly cute girls in it, but there is no nudity that I recall. It's any 80's movie, so you get plently of the 80's outfits along with the 80's fluff chick hair.
All in all the movie is quite entertaining and is definitely worth renting. I found it at Blockbuster for many years but it might be hard to find nowadays in the year 2000. But it is worth the hunt.
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John Mickland (Zipp) is one very bad dude. He's a drug runner,
murderer, white slave trader/human trafficker, and will torture you
with a chainsaw if he doesn't like you. So, with that information in
hand, CIA agent Rachael McKenna (Aldon) begins the hunt for Mickland.
With only the logic of "women are more effective in the field", she
tells her superiors she needs a battalion of 12 women. She goes to the
local prison and rounds up some babes, telling them if they help her on
this dangerous mission, they will be freed. The women agree and begin
an intense training regimen. When their training is cut short, the
inexperienced women and their leader must face off against Mickland and
his many minions with the odds stacked even further against them. Will
they be the ultimate MANKILLERS? Find out today...
Once again, David Prior and AIP take a basic idea and draw it out to 90 minutes or so, with a rock-bottom budget, and manage to make it work. Sure, most of the plot, as it is, of Mankillers (AKA 12 Wild Women), is lifted from Hell Squad (1986), but no matter. The idea is now done up in true AIP style. People get shot. Cars get chased. Drug deals go wrong. People of both sexes have mullets. Of course, there's a training montage to a Steve McClintock song, in this case, a number called "Freedom". There's another memorable tune, "Stand Tuff" by Jimmy Hammer. You know it's the 80's because they spelled it "Tuff". Interestingly, Bainbridge Scott is in both Mankillers and Hell Squad. Coincidence? Speaking of the 80's, one of the major reasons to watch Mankillers is the hair, makeup, and outfits of the "12 Wild Women", though most of the time they're in some kind of quasi-military garb, though tarted up, of course. Technically it all counts as "sexploitation", supposedly, though there is no sex or nudity. The violence is all pretty equal opportunity: women get beat up and killed, but they also beat people up and kill them. William Zipp chews the scenery - the cheap, cheap scenery (we mean that lovingly) - to shreds as Mickland, the most "boo-hiss" baddie to come down the pike in a long time. AIP mainstays Fritz Matthews, Sean Holton and, naturally, Ted Prior all worked behind the scenes in various capacities, reinforcing the family-style vibe of AIP productions. Even when Ted isn't in the movie, he'll still help out.
So while the movie is most notable for its bevy of babes, it should be noted that it also contains one of the few roles of the great American hero Craig Alan - Commander himself. So if you can't get enough of that inimitable AIP style, feel free to give this "girl power" entry a watch.
I found this video on a carboot for 50p. The special effects must have
cost little more than this, you can create better special effects at
home using those those "rio snap" things from when i was a kid, you
know the ones that you throw at the ground and they make a small bang.
The girls are supposed to be like supermodels but don't even come
I love this film exactly for these reasons, it is pure low budget cheese! however it still beats higher budget films such as TAXI, the one based on crazy taxi with "queen latifa" which is the worst film i have ever seen in my life!!
If you ever see this film for sale on a carboot sale or market buy this film! It will bring you hours of enjoyment :)
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