HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Honeymoon Phase, The
One Summer
Bird Island
Variety
Devil to Pay, The
Gypsy
Lost in London
Divorce Italian Style
Becky
Salon Kitty
Misbehaviour
Charles, Dead or Alive
Gretel and Hansel
Mademoiselle
Tunnel, The
India Song
Last Rhino, The
Made in Hong Kong
Ring of Spies
Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad
Pocketful of Miracles
The Tomb: Devil's Revenge
Sidecar Racers
Space Dogs
Out/Marriage
Safety Last!
Bride Who Has Returned from Hell, The
Show Boat
Savage
City Called Dragon, A
I Used to Go Here
Six Suspects
Still the Water
Not Now, Comrade
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Wives of the Skies
Two Heads Creek
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Captain, The
Great Wall, A
   
 
Newest Articles
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
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
   
 
  Blastfighter Deliverance II: Bring Out The Big Guns
Year: 1984
Director: Lamberto Bava
Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentina Forte, George Eastman, Stefano Mingardo, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Massimo Vanni, Elizabeth Forbes, Carl Savage, Michele Soavi, George Williams, Billy Redden
Genre: Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Eight years ago, Tiger Sharp (Michael Sopkiw) was imprisoned for the murder of a violent criminal, and being a cop he was arrested for going too far even though the man he killed had murdered his wife. To make matters worse, there was a politician associate of the dead man who provided him with an alibi, so Tiger was trapped - but now he's out, and illegally receiving a high-tech rifle with which to exact his revenge. However, once he has the politician in his sights, he cannot bring himself to pull the trigger, and he lets him get away, thinking that perhaps it is time to put violence behind him at last...

Well, it wouldn't be much of an action movie if that were the case, and not just any action movie but an Italian action movie, which meant things going boom and bullets flying without much rhyme or reason other than the sake of something happening to prevent the audience from getting bored. Although Blastfighter (it was stuck with this title after its original plans to be a sci-fi epic fell through) begins as a police thriller, it doesn't stay that way and soon Tiger is out in the American backwoods hoping for a life of peace and quiet. Except the locals have other ideas, being the sort of rednecks who are borderline insane about outsiders.

That in spite of Tiger having been brought up in the region, but as this was Italian exploitation we were dealing with, it had to be, shall we say, drawing its influences from other sources, in this case Deliverance. Director Lamberto Bava even went as far as casting the banjo playing boy Billy Redden from that movie for a cameo, now grown up but still with the banjo, only here Bava had his mind on another hit of more recent vintage. That was First Blood, so before long Tiger was turning survivalist and arming himself against an army of good ol' boys who are determined to shoot him dead, apparently for the heinous crime of not being from around here. A complication enters the mix when his daughter Connie (Valentina Forte) shows up looking for reconciliation.

She's also there to be placed in peril thanks to the preponderance of outright psychopaths in the area, although who is that hoving into view but our old friend George Eastman? He plays an old pal of Tiger's who is more involved with the maniacs (but of course), though operates as an attempt at a voice of reason when events grow more dangerous. This means a campaign of intimidation against Tiger, such as when he saved a faun from hunters (does this mean they were ripping off Bambi, too?) and left it in his car when he went off to the store to buy milk for it, then returned to find it with its throat cut. He can stand up for himself, of course, and beats up the nasties immediately after, which as you can imagine does not endear him any further to them.

Which leads us to the main course, not venison but humble pie for the rednecks who after cutting the brakes in Tiger's car while he tries to drive Connie back to civilisation are then the target of his wrath. But even then they're trying to hunt him down through the forests, as the survivalist clich├ęs come into play, though they don't usually involve cars and trucks which explode when they recieve a light tap on the bumper - car lovers would see Blastfighter as some kind of horror movie as vehicles are demolished with wild abandon. Anyway, after the baddies shoot Connie's two friends and try to rape her, not necessarily in that order, Tiger leaps into the fray and rescues her, cue for some father/daughter bonding as finally he can admit that he loves her and so forth. Pity, that, in light of what happens next, but all the way through you'll be wondering why he doesn't simply get out his megagun, or at least do so earlier than the last ten minutes. When he does, naturally all hell breaks loose, which if you've lasted this far will be what you wanted to see all along. Music by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1765 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Lamberto Bava  (1944 - )

Italian director/producer and son of legendary horror auteur Mario Bava. Began working as an assistant to his father on productions such as Planet of the Vampires and Baron Blood, and co-wrote Mario's final film Shock. Made his directing debut in 1980 with the effective chiller Macabre, which were followed by exploitation favourites A Blade in the Dark, Blastfighter, Delirium and two gore-laden Demons movies, both produced by Dario Argento. Bava's subsequent work has largely been for Italian TV, his last theatrical film being 1991's duff Body Puzzle.

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

 

Last Updated: