HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Other Lamb, The
Every Time I Die
Lynn + Lucy
Topsy-Turvy
Honest Thief
Blood and Money
Rose: A Love Story
Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made
Om Dar-B-Dar
Silencing, The
J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of SubGenius
Dick Johnson is Dead
Two/One
Cognition
Legacy of Lies
I Am Woman
Alien Addiction
Dare, The
South Terminal
Little Monsters
Yield to the Night
My Zoe
Young Playthings
End of Summer
Times of Harvey Milk, The
Buddies
Threshold
Perfectly Normal Family, A
Ravage
Honeymoon Phase, The
One Summer
Bird Island
Variety
Devil to Pay, The
Gypsy
Lost in London
Divorce Italian Style
Becky
Salon Kitty
Misbehaviour
   
 
Newest Articles
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
   
 
  Death Rage Didn't You Kill My Brother?
Year: 1976
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Yul Brynner, Barbara Bouchet, Martin Balsam, Massimo Ranieri, Giancarlo Sbragia, Salvatore Borgese, Giacomo Furia, Loris Bazzocchi, Rosario Borelli, Luigi Bonos, Renzo Marignano, Tommaso Palladino
Genre: ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Angelo (Massimo Ranieri) would like to make the big time in the gangland world, but at the moment he had been relegated to small time business at a Naples race track, seeing to it that he can get the right horses to win for the right people, by fair means or foul. Today he has helped this gang boss win big there, but as he goes to collect his money something unexpected occurs as a couple of gunmen arrive and shoot the criminal dead, though not before he manages to get off a few shots and kill one of them in return. This brings in Peter Marciani (Yul Brynner), a retired hitman with a score to settle...

Death Rage, known under a variety of titles including its original, Con la rabbia agli occhi, was practically the last Yul Brynner film ever to be released, as he just had this and a cameo in Futureworld to go before he spent the rest of his career raking in the cash in a touring version of The King and I. Although there are rumours that he had become so difficult to work with that nobody really wanted to make movies with him anymore, he remained a strong and charismatic presence to the end, something which might have been the saving grace of this effort had it not come across as so hackneyed and uninspired.

Although it begins as some kind of Godfather tribute with its grumbling Mafioso types, what it actually winds up being is a rerun of the Charles Bronson flick The Mechanic: Bronson was still a huge draw in Europe, but it was slightly dispiriting to see an original like Brynner following in his footsteps. Angelo, played by pop star turned actor Ranieri, is the pupil, asking Marciani to teach him all he knows, yet what Marciani is more interested in is getting revenge for his brother's murder by the hoods of Gennaro Gallo (Giancarlo Sbragia), which he has regular flashbacks to, represented by the screen having a bloodsoaked image of his memories - usually his sibling or the assassins - oozing down.

Understandably, Peter seeks help for this affliction and the doctor suggests eyedrops. But when he gets them, they turn out to have acid in the bottle! Someone is obviously out to finish the job that they began on his brother, but he is not without allies, as Angelo is very keen on teaming up with the hitman, who in a cliche that would make one groan even in 1976, has emerged from retirement to do one last job. Also backing him up is one of the strippers in the nightclub Angelo runs, and she is Anny, played by Barbara Bouchet, a familiar, and familiarly naked, fixture of Italian exploitation exercises of the period.

Not that this really comes across as exploitation because there's not much all that outrageous going on here, with even those eyedrops poured down the bathroom sink and never used. Probably just as well or it would be a shorter movie, but once you have the measure of the plot Death Rage really drags. Appearing in support is Martin Balsam as the police inspector who is trying to sort all this out, but not trying very hard and only offering police protection to Peter and Anny when things start to heat up. "Heating up" being a loose description of a film whose tension, what there is of it, feels very second hand, but you cannot say that director Antonio Margheriti was unprofessional, as it all hangs together even if it does not drum up much in the way of intrigue. This cast might lead you to expect some entertainment, but this is pretty colourless stuff. Music by Guido De Angelis and Maurizio De Angelis.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2308 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Antonio Margheriti  (1930 - 2002)

Italian writer and director who worked in a variety of genres throughout his career, although largely horror, science fiction and western. Some of his films include Castle of Blood, The Wild, Wild Planet, The Long Hair of Death, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish, Cannibal Apocalypse and Yor, Hunter from the Future.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: