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Monday, July 25, 2016

Underrated '76 - Steve Q

Steve Q has reviewed more than 1000 bad films at and can be found on Twitter @Amy_Surplice.

See his Underrated '86 list here:
For this post, I've decided not to discuss the plot of any of the films I chose, but rather my history with them.
The Oily Maniac
The Shaw Brothers are almost synonymous with Hong Kong martial arts films. Like most people, I saw "Shaw Brothers" and expected fight scenes, not a monster movie reportedly based upon a Chinese legend and, like most people, I was at first disappointed, then overwhelmed with the enjoyable trash fest this film is. I watched it twice back-to-back, I enjoyed it so much.

The Great Texas Dynamite Chase
I wanted to marry Claudia Jennings in 1976. Yes, I was 14 and she was a former Playboy playmate living 1000 miles away, but I thought it was a possibility - and then she died three years later, after having made a bunch of terrific exploitation films, this one being my favorite (though "Gator Bait" is a close second). I researched her life after I found out she was born in my hometown. For the record, she had a type... and I wasn't it.

Queen Kong
Rula Lenska made an ad for Alberto VO5 in 1979, which led Johnny Carson to ask "Who's this 'celebrated actress' I've never heard of?" When his staff researched it, they found she had been in this film - now it only takes a few keystrokes; then you had to have sources in the industry - and he had a field day with it. He interviewed her and was actually quite nice to her. The film itself was only in theaters for two weeks because Dino DeLaurentiis, who had just re-made "King Kong" sued; it was the Holy Grail of hard to find films until it got a DVD release. I found a 35mm print and got a local theater's projectionist to give me a private screening (he fell asleep).

Chesty Anderson, U.S.N.
This was a film that Russ Meyer could have cast. Rosanne Katon, a Playboy Playmate, stars, with Dyanne "Ilsa: She-Wolf of the S.S." Thorne as a nurse. Uschi "Supervixens" Digard and Shari "Supervixens" Eubank also have roles. There is extremely little nudity involved, making it a curiosity. I first saw it on network television with my dad; it was awkward for both of us.

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
Ruggero Deodato is known for his extremely violent and gory horror films and I'm not a fan, so I was not looking forward to seeing this. It's like Jim Thompson's "Pop 1280" mixed with "Dirty Harry" and "Death Wish," but with the cynicism and violence cranked up to 11. It's the kind of film that Quentin Tarantino keeps trying to make. I saw it in a retrospective of Deodato's films done by a friend of mine. That friend hated my taste in film.

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