Tacky even by Roger Corman standards
Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC
21 July 2015
The story behind this movie is interesting - more interesting than the
finished movie itself. After producing "Big Bad Mama II", Roger Corman
decided to take advantage of the leftover sets and props by making
another movie with them. It was a rushed production, and it shows. The
script is sometimes garbled, with plot developments that are not quite
explained, and other times the story seems to be just spinning its
wheels and not progressing fast enough. Clearly a few more rewrites
were needed, but even a solid script couldn't make up for some other
flaws. The acting is pretty awful by its no-name cast, for one thing.
More pressing are the production values, which are unbelievably cheap;
I've seen better set construction and dressing in high school plays.
Two things save the movie from total decay, the first being that the
filmmakers don't take things completely seriously, with some comic
relief that is a little amusing. Also, the ending of the movie is
somewhat surprising and not predictable. These things don't make the
movie worth watching, however. If you want to see a Roger Corman
production about 1930s bank robbers, watch the original "Big Bad Mama"
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