Knives of the Avenger (1966)
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Knives Of The Avenger is a Viking-based revenge film that mixes vague supernatural overtones to lots of swordplay and knife-throwing. Aside from a bizarre reference to the protagonist's sexual assault upon the love interest, the script is about as basic as it gets. Much of the action takes place outdoors, so Mario Bava's signature blend of lighting and colors is at its minimum. This film isn't trying to win any awards or charm any pretentious film critics, but it's pretty unremarkable even by the standards of Italian exploitation cinema.
Synopsis: A sword and sandal flick from Mario Bava. PROS Cinematography CONS The Acting Limited Set Pieces Bad Sword Fighting The Bad Dye Jobs Horrible story FINAL ANALYSIS Mario Bava brings us the Knives of the Avenger, a sword and sandal flick. Just beautifully shot . Every frame seemed to look like the illustration right off the cover of a Robert E. Howard Conan book. Beautiful. That said this movie was not good, just pretty. The hero had an awful blonde dye job as did the kid in the story. I've never seen sword fighting look worse, really. The story was cliché and there were just the most amazing plot holes I've ever seen. And the used the same set over and over again. I'm giving this a 30% just for the film visual aspects. A BAD MOVIE.
Very minor Mario Bava. It's basically an old-fashioned western revenge plot re-imagined as a Viking adventure. It's remarkable only for the unusual relationships of the central characters; a Hollywood movie of the same era would certainly not expect us to sympathise with a rapist!
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