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I guess "Wild Wilderness" is a classic in certain circles for its
daring themes (violence, racism, etc), but truthfully, this is a pretty
I enjoy checking out the very early "grindhouse" porn, not so much for the sex (which often is quite dull, like here), but for the DIY filmmaking, locales (especially the NYC ones) and basic genuine sleaze factor you cannot find nowadays.
The plot is simple - yellow-masked manic with a machete makes a mom and her daughter and son perform sex acts on him, and each other (after killing a friend of theirs). A random black guy tied to a tree (for "days" but looking quite energetic and awake) is forced to join in the action, as the maniac seems to like watching as much, if not more, than participating. It all comes down to an abrupt ending where we have to assume what happened next (is there a version out there that shows it? I saw the supposed "uncut" Alpha-Blue version).
And yes, this runs like a cheap 70's home movie where the "actors" can't act (and frankly, seem like they can't wait for it to be over) and it's shot in some backyard woods. One bit of hilariousness is that most of the close-up shots of the maniac's face/mask have a bright-green background, obviously shot in some kind of room, when he's supposed to be outside in the woods. The stolen "Psycho" music is loud, and the girls are pretty but yes, bored as heck, like the viewing audience.
A much superior similar film would be "The Farmer's Daughters" from the same year, about an abused farmhand who gets his revenge on a family, as well as three escaped convicts. "Wet Wilderness" looks like it was shot by some who picked up a camera for the first time. Even the supposed "racism" is so mild, you can't even get any big laughs out of it (like, say, in "Fight For Your Life").
Is "Wet Wilderness" worth watching? Yes, as long as you FF through the boring sex scenes, and make sure you catch all the maniac's funny comments, easily the best part of the movie.
If anyone is wondering if "Vigilante Force" is going to be worth a
viewing, just look at three things: 1) Jan Michael-Vincent; 2) Kris
Kristofferson, and 3) made in 1976. Now that is the formula for a great
time! The plot is simple: Kris and his war buddies are recruited by the
town to clean it up, but then rule it with an iron fist (and guns, and
even a bazooka). His bro Jan doesn't take kindly to this, and it all
leads up the the proverbial Big Showdown.
Now, when a film starts off with goofy redneck music while scenes of violence are happening, you know it's the 70's and you know you're in for a good time. There's tons of gunfire and fighting as well as bar brawls and heck, even a rootin' tootin' cockfight.
The girls are absolutely gorgeous - Bernadette Peters and Victoria Principal are at their hottest.
As for the cast - this is a flick with tons of familiar 70's faces, just when you think you've seen them all, another one pops up. I mean heck, even Dick freaking Miller is in this for a few seconds! And plenty of others you don't know the names of but who you definitely will recognize.
Kristofferson is an actor of limited talent, playing every role he gets pretty much the exact same way, but it's all good because he's always fun to watch. Jan is always ready to mix it up, and is also a blast to watch. "Vigilante Force" is definitely a great movie to eat half a pizza to. hold of it.
Not so much a biker flick, as very little time is actually spend on
bikes, as much as about a pair of two sleazy bikers who weasel their
way into a rich woman's place, and terrorize her and her pretty guest
to no end.
Pete and Stick (the always awesome Alex Rocco) seem friendly enough at first, but then it gets real as things get pretty violent, and there's the usual rape, slapping, destruction, etc. Pete is the leader, the good-looking guy who is protected by his "ape" Stick.
There's also a small bit of drama with their biker gang, and a fence Pete uses to ditch some stolen goods. Definitely good of its type, with some decent twists and turns, and even a few laughs. Very nice build-up to the expected violent ending.
The Pete actor actually has had a pretty decent career, and reminded me of the 70's porno actor Mike Ranger ("Taboo"). The main lessons here are never let strangers in your home, and never close your eyes to the music. Absolutely a very entertaining viewing for exploitation fans.
I'll probably make a few people angry at me for writing this, but I
have to say this for my own benefit. At the time, I was in the band
Ingrid and the Defectors, who have a few songs in this movie. I didn't
write the songs, it's not my band, I just played the bass, but I know
the band was happy about being included.
Anyway, after the Jersey premiere and after our performance there (arranged horribly, having the music acts after the movie instead of prior), we were asked to say a few words about the movie to some small film crew that went around.
Now, many may think I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but when we filmed our few words about the movie to that crew, I called this movie "great," which I didn't believe at all. The movie is absolutely horrible.
I'm a straight shooter, always have been, and I've always have told it like it is and have a rep for doing so...except that one, single time, and it has bothered me ever since. I'm not even sure why I lied like that, but it has really bugged me and still does, all this time later. It's the one single time I didn't tell the truth about something (as an adult anyway).
That's why I'm here, frankly, to correct that in a way, and give myself at least a little satisfaction knowing at least the truth is here.
And the truth is, this film is indeed very bad. And by "bad" I mean absolute garbage. I'm a huge zombie movie fan (especially the Italian imports) but my take has nothing to do with what kind of film this is, that doesn't matter. This is just a bad film, period. It's a huge mess. It's like someone threw a bunch of things into a blender and this is the result. The direction, the story, the entire execution is extremely poor. You won't believe what a mess this is.
This movie is way beyond the "so bad it's good" thing. You can't enjoy how bad it is. This isn't "Plan 9" where you can even laugh at it. It's just a complete waste of everyone's time, from the cast to the poor viewer.
Now, as for the cast, they do as best they can with what they have to work with. In such a bad film, they probably should have been a lot worse. They seem to be having fun, and seem to be trying hard, it's obvious they cared. The Sheriff Tom guy was good, and a nice guy off-screen. My take has nothing to do with the cast.
It's just horrific film making. And it just gets more messy as the film goes on. This is really an incomprehensible mess, maybe the worst independent film I've ever seen (granted, I haven't seen nearly as many as others have). As for the "cameos," it's obvious the film makers simply went to the Chiller Theatre Expo (or something similar) and got various guests (there to sign autographs for fans) to say a few sentences at their tables for the film.
Well, I guess that's about it. This simply was bothering me all this time and I had to get that out of my system.
"The Mighty Peking Man" has it all. This was always an elusive flick
for me, until I finally found a poor VHS copy of it under the title of
"Goliathon." Quentin Tarantino had this released on DVD (my very first
DVD ever purchased) and there it was, finally in all it's beautiful
This is exactly what these films are supposed to be - nothing but non-stop fun, and lunacy. The story is similar to "King Kong" but this flick stands on its own. It's a very bombastic movie - the music is loud and dramatic, and there are a LOT of fire and explosions, all done to the max in deep sound, a decent sound system will do this one justice.
The inconsistencies are hilarious of course - everything seems to change size, from the monster to rocks to the buildings (depending on how big the monster is in any given scene). The gorgeous jungle girl wears makeup and is nice eye candy. And even though Peking Man is in the area, making a LOT of noise destroying buildings, stomping on cars, wrecking highways and causing explosions, people almost right next to him just go about their business casually, until they actually SEE the creature (maybe they need their ears checked).
One big plus is that the model/miniature work is nothing short of spectacular - there are a lot of very impressive miniature sets and models built. One array of buildings and elevated highways is especially fantastic, as is the destruction.
The film moves fast and is never dull. Even though Godzilla movies were no longer being made at this point, some interesting giant monster movies came around this time frame, a few good (like "Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century") and some bad "like "A.P.E." and "Queen Kong") but this is probably the best. "Peking Man" is an absolute must-see.
Sure, the origin of Captain America is changed a bit for this TV
adaptation, but this is a fun little flick all its own.
Reb Brown is good and likable as Cap, and seems to have a good time when he has the (revamped) costume on. Other familiar faces are all over this thing, as Cap and his government buddies try to stop the bad guys.
Sure, it drags in a few spots, as we get more than one long sequence of Cap riding his very cool super-powered bike, which makes a wild thrusting sound every time he hits the gas and flies through the air. There's a few good stunts with the bike, especially one where Cap rides up a very convenient random ramp to jump his way towards a flying helicopter.
It's the 70's, there's funky music, pretty girls, and a decent story. There's no reason why this can't be enjoyed if you don't expect too much, and it is refreshing to see actual real stunts and real action as opposed to CGI everywhere.
Superman has finally been corrupted in the movies.
"Man of Steel" should have been a great movie, and actually may have made a decent movie with some changes, the biggest of which not making this a Superman movie.
Almost everything about Superman that has been loved all these years has been destroyed; there is no charm to this film whatsoever, no warmth, no feeling that you are watching "a friend." Actually, General Zod almost seems like the good guy here, with noble intentions, that's how warped this movie is.
Now of course, all this sounds like someone who is "stuck" on the Christopher Reeve films. Like it or not, he STILL is the perfect Superman, and that first '78 film nailed it perfectly.
However, even Brandon Routh makes a better Superman than Henry Cavill, who gives it a shot but again, has about the same amount of charm and warmth as the rest of the film, which is none.
The special effects are a joke - this is nothing but a big CGI cartoon. And yes, it gets violent - I have never seen this much violence in a cartoon since maybe the Tom & Jerrys from the 1940's.
Of course, to keep the politically-correct crowd happy, there's even another race-change for a character, as Perry White is now a black guy - and he is absolutely horrific, kind of a walking, talking corpse. If you are going to change a famous character's race, at least get someone who can act (like they did with (RIP) Michael Clarke Duncan/Kingpin from "Daredevil," a much superior film) instead of this lifeless guy in this movie.
Even the actress who played Lois Lane was bad, looking and sounding like some junior-high school student instead of a seasoned reporter.
The one single bright spot in this mess is the guy who played Zod, maybe the only actor in the whole movie trying not to look bored as heck and give it a shot.
Sorry folks, but this was a bad, bad film, no fun at all. Superman isn't supposed to be "dark," he's supposed to be light. And Superman and Batman in the same movie? How will they battle, to see which one gets more depressed?
This gets a "3" out of ten simply because Nicholas Cage is so much fun
to watch. What a shame - Ghost Rider is an awesome comic book
character, the first movie was OK, but this movie is a stupid-looking
mess. Not even a hot mess, just a mess.
The entire movie looks like a freaking video game. In other words, fake as all heck and ridiculous. These have to be the worst special effects I've seen in a modern day movie, where the FX were expected to be good. CGI is a joke. Even the big chase scene gets yawns because it doesn't get a single "gasp" out of any viewer - because you can't gasp at something so obviously fake.
The plot is OK, where the devil needs a little boy's body to inhibit, but it's done so sloppily that not even the hot girl can save things.
Really, this flick is such a piece of crap, you really have to watch Nic Cage for Nic Cage's sake and that's the only appeal at all. Otherwise, it's just a big fake cartoon. CGI sucks. Absolutely horrible.
"They Call Me Mr. Tibbs" is the immensely disappointing follow-up to
the incredible "In The Heat of the Night" where Sidney Poitier plays
Virgil Tibbs, a big-city detective. Only problem is, this flick is no
better than the typical average early 70's TV-movie of the week (and
not one of the good ones).
Tibbs has a preacher friend who is suspected of killing a prostitute, and he gives his friend every benefit of the doubt. He also has family problems, mainly he doesn't know how to discipline his son at all or please his pretty wife.
This movie could be any flat cop flick of the era, and has pretty much zero connection to "In The Heat of the Night" at all. This is a very dull movie that drags along while you hope something on screen will catch fire, but it never does. And Sidney himself seems to just sleepwalk through this - I can't tell if he's just very bored himself, or if he is having a bad shoot, but he is bad in this movie, no life at all.
Despite the various familiar faces, really the only actor worth watching here is Anthony Zerbe, a great character actor who plays a sleazy pimp here. He's pretty much great in anything he's in, and gives the movie at least a little bit of spark amongst this dead cast.
Unless you really have to see the further dull "adventures" of Virgil Tibbs, it's best to stay clear of this one, although again, Anthony Zerbe is a blast to watch.
Finally got to see this classic Roger Corman cheapie, and of course
it's a total blast. The best part obviously is seeing Dick Miller in a
rare starring role, and as a tough street kid no less, who takes no
guff from anyone and is always making wisecracks.
Miller plays "Shorty" who gets thrown out of one rock joint but ends up in another, where a pretty girl is auditioning and we get introduced to various assorted crazy characters. Eventually two crooks (led by "The Professor" from Gilligan's Island!) come and hold everyone hostage, and Shorty constantly insults the crooks, as well as the cowards in the place who refuse to take a stand.
One of the funniest characters is a "hep cat" beatnik rock manager who comes out with great line after line. Others include a boxer, his sad girlfriend, a wanna-be tough guy, his drunk girl, a reporter, a shake-down artist and more. The musical numbers are good, and it all resolves in just over an hour.
"Rock All Night" is definitely not disappointing is you expect exactly what it is, a fun hour of no-budget film making.
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