hixploitation; post-apocalypse action; teensexcomedy
Denmark, Italy, Sweden, USA
1. The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning (Robert Berlinger, 2007) 4.5 IMDb
2. Russian Ninja / Russian Terminator (Mats Helge Olsson/Anders Nilsson, 1989) 2.8 IMDb
3. I predatori dell'anno omega / Warrior of the Lost World
(David Worth, 1984) 2.6
Italy, action/science fiction/thriller; post-apocalypse action
Is Robert Ginty to be my nemesis this month? The last movie I watched in August starred the guy, and here I unknowingly stumble on him again just three films later. Thankfully he's in a less-dominant role here, and he's maybe *slightly* less boring in this Mad Max-inspired post-apocalyptic sci-fi-action flick made in Italy with an international cast (Indian Persis Khambatta as Nastasia who functions basically as "the girl", British Donald Pleasance in the Donald Pleasance role du jour, in this case Bond villain type who's trying to run the Brave New World, literally, and Fred Williamson as... not really sure what his function was until the end, and even then, uhhh). Most of the secondary roles are filled by Italian talent; the main cast all seem to be shot with synch sound and not dubbed, rather unusual for an Italian genre production and probably due to this having an American director. Ginty as the never-named Rider rides an intelligent talking motorcycle equipped with rockets and all kinds of cool shit through the wastelands, and while escaping some goons crashes through a magic barrier into the secret hideout of McWayne (Harrison Muller), who is trying to establish a peace-and-love hippie government to combat Pleasance's "Omega". Alas McWayne has been captured, and his daughter Nastasia and others try to convince the Rider to save him and save their future, telling him he's The Chosen One. Yeah, you've heard and seen everything here before. Points for a slightly more varied production than usual in these low-budget efforts; it's not all deserts and scrub, there was a *little* effort put into the city of the Omega people, and some of the costumes, vehicles, etc, are not bad. Strange ending that seems to be trying to do a couple of things at once, possibly including pointing towards a sequel that never happened.
4. Revenge of the Cheerleaders
(Richard Lerner, 1976) 4.6
USA, comedy/sport; teensexcomedy
Bottom of the barrel high school sex comedy with a very lame plot about evil real estate tycoons, conspiring with some of the school board, wanting to tear down Aloha High School so as to make a lovely and expensive new golf course/condo development. But mostly the plot is just an excuse to showcase a LOT of nudity and really dumb humor - it seems nobody at Aloha is even making a pretense of going to school, just using it as a place to fuck and do drugs. There is so little plot here that they had to stretch a couple of unfunny and uninteresting scenes - the drugs-in-spaghetti-in-the-lunchroom sequence, and the basketball game, out to interminable length just to get this sucker up to it's 87 minute runtime. There are a few interesting elements here - though none individually or additively are enough to make me think this deserves even the rating it has. First are the last 15 minutes or so, which almost go into surreal territory as the heroic cheerleaders try to save their kidnapped principal from said evil developers, first finding him in a huge dinosaur mock-up, then following the kidnapper into a cave, which is located below a shopping mall (with an elevator!), then into a big concrete spillway or possibly the Los Angeles River channel, then into a golf course which happens to have a bunch of quicksand - which is right OVER the bad guy's hideout. This doesn't feel like it's even supposed to make any sense, it's just scene following scene, whatever location they could use that day. Then we have the fact that one of the cheerleaders is visibly, like 8 months, pregnant - and is still cheering. This was because the actress was pregnant and the producers chose not to replace her but it just feels awkward and weird. Then there's a certain name in the production credits - one "Nathaniel Dorsky" who is credited with co-writing, co-producing, and cinematography. The same ND who has become a forum favorite amongst the Experimental Mafia? According to IMDb, yes, but I have my doubts. Anybody have a clue? Another bit of trivia - David Hasselhoff's first role as star basketball player "Boner" (the names here are great - the principal is "Hall Walker"). Also I should mention that though this was an HD copy from a BD, the color is more than a little washed out - whether that's the source or a poor transfer, I have no idea - and the sound is really poor throughout, which seems to me to be source-related, just very low-budget, poor sound recording.
Maybe worth seeing for the strange last few minutes, but that's about it, pretty abysmal overall.