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The Flying Guillotine is a badass weapon. This a good entry in the Shaw catalog just don't expect it to be a mother-fucker like Master of the Flying Guillotine. There's just not enough 'special' touches like a kickass villain, a smoking score & a raging climax to put it on that level. If your a fan of the genre though it's quite enjoyable though even if it's a bit long. I guess that it had to be though as it's really a 4 part movie as you get the origin of the weapon, the training, the assassinations & then the man hunt for Mau Tang who has descensioned from the Emperor. Some of it could have been thinned down a bit or maybe saved for the sequel but all in all a good time. Very interested to see what part 2 has to offer
A group of cutthroat Confederate soldiers rob a Union payroll & want to hook up w/ their former captain Scott Brady to get another army together. Brady refused so they shoot him, murder his wife & son & burn down his house. Brady gets together w/ preacher/bounty hunter John Carradine to hunt the group down. Some good stuff here from Carriadine as he doesn't want the heads mutilated because he keeps them in a salt brine (no need to keep the whole body) until he claims his reward. Typical revenge tale w/ an exploitation flare that makes me want to light my cigar off a saloon whore's ass. Unfitting soundtrax by Harley Hatcher that seems to have a Royal Guardman influence
Hey I just noticed David Prowse was in this! I thought there was something very familiar about the Monster. I wonder if this had any baring on Lucas's casting of both him & Peter Cushing in Star Wars. I wasn't too overwelmed when I had watched Frankenstein & the Monster from a Hell a few years ago during SHOCKTOBER & that is because I felt the Monster was just sorta a big hairy oaf but I sorta look @ Hammer Frankenstein movies differently in comparison to the classic Universal ones. The Universal ones I now watch for that great grease paint design & Dr Frankenstein sorta takes a back seat. The Hammer ones are really more about Peter Cushing as Dr Frankenstein. If you take them in w/ those context in mind they're more enjoyable. Worth a look but be sure it's the R rated version because old VHS of this are cut
If I could give a movie no stars this would be one of them. I guess you have to give it @ least a half of a star because they knew how to turn on the camera. That would be the extent of any actual discernable talent involved because this movie is fucking awful. Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy awful. I wanted to split open my skull & stab it w/ a fork just to get a more pleasurable sensation then what I was experiencing by watching this. Now when I put this in I was in the mood for a 'bad' movie but when venturing into this domain there needs to be charms involved. Roller Blade has none. It will make your eyes ache so much that you'll want to close them (or guage them out) to escape. Even gratuitous nudity couldn't help. Watch it w/ someone you hate