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Really Awful Movies: Ep 331 – Night Killer

Mystifying, beguiling. These are just a few terms which could accurately use to describe the bonkers 1990s Italian horror, Night Killer.

Directed by two giants of Italian crap cinema, Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2) and Bruno Mattei (Rats/Hell of the Living Dead/Shocking Dark) Night Killer features an antagonist who is a bit of a cross between the Toxic Avenger, Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu and Freddy Kruger, with none of the charm or scariness of any of them. Quite a feat.

The killer in question, who it should be pointed out, doesn’t kill at night, hunts down a bunch of dance students in a pathetic third-rate theatre. He also murders a woman in an aquarium for the sole purpose of her being there, and this being filmed in Virginia Beach. She seems to have been a complete afterthought. Much like the script. Or the plot. Or the mise en scene.

Night Killer is really really bizarre stuff. But of course, it’s right up our alley as hosts of the Really Awful Movies Podcast. Be sure to subscribe, and pick up our books to support the show.

Really Awful Movies: Ep 328 – Recoil

Stone Cold Steve Austin stars in Recoil, a Canadian-lensed revenge action film.

And to up the glowering ante, there’s also Danny Trejo as the chief antagonists.

Somebody quick, flash a smile!

Austin is Ryan, a Texas cop (what else?) whose family has been murdered in ostentatious fashion (basically, a shootout with five gang members bedecked in clown masks firing hundreds of rounds into a suburban home. Talk about overkill!).

He tracks down the culprits, a North American biker gang stupidly called The Circle. They’re holed up in Washington State, because British Columbia is a cheap place to film bad action movies like this.

There’s an almost-love interest, a crooked cop, some people who are the eyes and the ears of the gang (who seemingly run the whole show in the town of Hope, Washington), as well as some goofy explosions, one-liners, and scores to settle. You gotta love those scores. And when they’re settled.

The WWE star Austin gets a chance to show off his brawn and ability to beat down bikers in this entertaining enough production. And there’s someone thrown through a plate glass window. Plus, an explosion where the protagonist walks away like a badass.

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