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SAMURAI COP's director Amir Shervan reunited with heavy Robert Z'Dar in
this variation of DESPERATE HOURS. Tony Stone (Z'Dar) and some of his
thug cohorts rob a payroll and he and his buddy Lynch (John Lynch) are
quickly arrested by Lt. Sunset (Jim Brown). On the way to prison, Stone
and Lynch escape thanks to the help of Jesse Stone (not to be confused
with the Tom Selleck character) who distracts the prison bus driver by
faking a car accident and dressing like a woman (he's not that
attractive). Jesse is shot in the escape and the crooks decide to hide
out in a nearby ranch. Bad move as this place is owned by kickboxing
John Morgan (kickboxer Howard "Diamond" Roth). With his family being
held hostage, Morgan is forced to go find a doctor and pick up the
stolen loot. Naturally, he decides to fight back with his fists and
If you've marveled at Shervan's SAMURAI COP or Hollywood COP, you'll know what to expect here. This is another in his action flicks that features terrible dialog and poorly staged fights. Roth, previously seen in a few Andy Sidaris flicks, wears some of the gaudiest outfits that a man could get away with (those shoulder pads!) and sports Branscombe Richmond style hair. To his credit, he is a good kickboxer and throws some decent kicks here and there. The real star of the show is the always entertaining Z'Dar, who get some memorable lines like yelling "What do you want from me?" after blasting a few cops. Uh, maybe it is that whole crime thing you're into that has cops pounding on your door. As a entry in the Shervan's oeuvre, this has been pretty hard-to- find (the only available version looks awful). Thankfully, Cinema Epoch is going to be releasing it on DVD next month in a special edition. Definitely worth seeing if you are a fan of Shervan's bad movie cinema.
I had high hopes for this film, having found Samurai Cop to be
hilarious in its ineptitude. Unfortunately, director Amir Shervan seems
to have learned a few things about film-making since then, and that's a
bad thing. What I was hoping would be an incompetently funny movie is
instead just plain boring. It does contain Shervan's usual tropes - big
beefy men, hot 80's chicks, crappy fight scenes - but lacks the
corniness of Samurai Cop.
There are a few things recycled over from Samurai Cop; some locations seem familiar and one song was straight from the last movie. But the biggest letdowns in the film are what's not in it. Everyone in this film who has long hair keeps it - there are no wigs that are in danger of falling off. Every reverse shot in a conversation takes place in the same location, unlike in Samurai Cop where actors are in obviously different rooms. And there are no bad pontificating speeches, reuse of locations (like the parking lot in Samurai Cop), or senseless stunts like Robert Z'Dar hiding in a laundry basket for no apparent reason. The result is just a bad movie that makes me want to fall asleep. A complete letdown.
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OK, so the one thing this film forgets to tell you is that it is
actually based on a true story. In fact, I was the real life
counterpart to the little blonde boy in the movie.
So yeah, my family was taken hostage by a man with a giant, deformed face and his gang of ice cream truck bandits. My mom was sexually assaulted while taking a bath to the relieve the tension of being held hostage by rapists. And I cheered as my Jazzerercise Kung-fu instructor father killed them American style.
The director and the actors involved spent months preparing for their roles based on interviews my family gave with them. The film got it exactly right down to our clothing and mannerisms. Methodical attention to detail was brought to this film (down to to the stuffed pana in the display case).This film brings tears to my eye because it brings back the traumatic memories so vividly. Most of family can't even sit through it.
I gave this film one star because we never see the actor portraying sexy aunties boobs in it. She was soooooo hot.
KILLING American STYLE is a hilariously awful B-movie from Iranian born
director Amir Shervan, who previously helmed SAMURAI COP which also
starred the huge-jawed Robert Z'Dar (MANIAC COP). Shervan's filmography
has recently been given a new lease of life thanks to some high
definition releases around the globe, allowing a new legion of fans to
appreciate some genuine so-bad-it's-good entertainment.
This film looks and feels just like other Shervan movies such as THE YOUNG REBELS, GYPSY, and of course SAMURAI COP. The stories are concerned with gangs of long-haired and hulking muscle guys who go around and abuse people. The heroes look just like the villains and these movies work via action narratives with plenty of shoot-outs and ineptly-staged fights to recommend them.
KILLING American STYLE adopts a home invasion template as a group of vicious robbers invade an everyday household and hold a family hostage. One of the hostages is an annoyingly bratty kid which adds some humour to the thing. There's plenty of gratuitous nudity and rape threats here, alongside some awful acting which takes wooden to whole new levels. The large-scale shoot-out at the climax has to be seen to be believed, and yet you know what? I enjoyed this. Classic so-bad-it's-good style entertainment.
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A gang of vicious criminals who include the savage Tony Stone (the one
and only Robert Z'Dar in fine ferocious form) and sexual sadist Lynch
(a supremely slimy turn by John Lynch) pull off a bank robbery. The
gang gets arrested, but manages to escape from a prison bus with
assistance from an ugly transvestite (!) and seek refuge from the
authorities in the home of tough guy John Morgan (hopelessly wooden
slab of beef Harold Diamond, who sports one hell of a wicked mullet).
Writer/director Amir Shervan covers all the pleasingly putrid bad movie bases: We've got ineptly staged fights and shoot outs, cartoonishly nasty bad guys, outrageous over-the-top violence, a bitchin' rock soundtrack, a satisfying smattering of yummy gratuitous female nudity, choice cruddy dialogue (Tony shouts "What do you want from me?" during a heated confrontation with the police), and lots of hammy acting (Jimmy Williams clearly cops the top scenery-scarfing honors with his gut-busting histrionic portrayal of dim-witted hood Loony). Token big name Jim Brown as the hard-nosed Lt. Sunset looks suitably dazed and confused amid all the rampant absurdity. The always delectable Delia Sheppard positively sizzles as a tantalizing blonde babe (and, yep, Z'Dar does indeed do the deed with some foxy chick!). Alan Der Marderosian's pumping score does the heart-pounding trick. A real schlocky hoot.
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