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    B-MOVIE BINGO: STRIKER

    STRIKER (1988)
    Showing Tuesday 2/2/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    STRIKER is a movie that’s been waiting around in our VHS hoard for around two years. At first, we thought it was just a pretty box, featuring an oiled-up Frank Zagarino wielding a large machine gun. We figured since most jungle-extraction plots are boring, that this movie would probably be a long, dark slog through a rain forest, with bamboo cages and dripping sweat. We were wrong!

    When we finally watched it, we were immediately curious about the credit sequence: Italian names flashed on screen. “Directed by Stephen M. Andrews.” We deemed it odd that so much of the crew had Italian names, and sure enough, the director’s name was a pseudonym. It was actually directed by Italian director Enzo G. Castellari (STREET LAW, THE HEROIN BUSTERS), who in the 1970s had great success making Italian “tough cop” movies that dominated Italian cinema. It was co-written by Umberto Lenzi (THE CYNIC THE RAT AND THE FIST, ALMOST HUMAN), another maestro of the genre. Known as “Poliziotteschi”, this subgenre of Italian cinema churned out copies of American movies like DIRTY HARRY and THE FRENCH CONNECTION. By the late 70s, Castellari had made a JAWS clone (THE LAST SHARK), and by the early 80s, a MAD MAX a rip-off (THE NEW BARBARIANS). So, it follows that by the late 80s, Castellari would be making his own Italian version of RAMBO, which was STRIKER.

    The movie features wooden, blonde beefcake Frank Zagarino as John “Striker” Slade, who is “best in extraction from hostile territories”. His weapon of choice is a slingshot with a brass knuckle grip—no wonder he’s considered the best! He’s called upon by the US government when his old war buddy turned journalist, Frank Miller, is kidnapped by the truth-silencing Nicaragua crime lord “Kariasin”. Guided by a beautiful but deadly local woman named Marta, Striker infiltrates the jungle hideout of Kariasin… and beyond!

    Frank is played by John Phillip Law (DANGER: DIABOLIK, DEATH RIDES A HORSE), who is no stranger to Italian B-movies. He’s Diabolik! Surely Striker and Diabolik would make a formidable team.

    Note: every movie we mentioned in this article is awesome. Directed by Enzo G. Castellari.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: ROBOT JOX

    ROBOT JOX (1990)
    Showing Tuesday 1/19/2016 at The Hollywood Theatre

    ROBOT JOX takes place in a time far in the distant future, after World War III. It’s been fifty years since the nuclear holocaust that obliterated civilization, and open war is forbidden—nations can no longer wage war against one another using armies. Instead, they send their top warriors to battle each other inside giant stop-motion robots.

    In this awesome future world, the surviving nations merged into two opposing factions: Market, which is pretty much America, and the Confederation, which is modeled after Russia. It seems that in this distant warless world, Alaska is no longer seen as a folly (see: Seward’s Folly, 1867), but as a valuable piece of land that warrants a robot battle.

    When the Confederation wants to claim Alaska as its own, it’s up to Market’s hero Achilles (Gary Graham, “Star Trek: Voyager”), who is oddly illiterate, to fight his robot against the Confederation’s number one comrade, Alexander. If Achilles can win, he would be allowed to retire undefeated. If he loses… Market loses Alaska!

    Directed by Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND).

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: I COME IN PEACE

    I COME IN PEACE (1990)
    Showing Tuesday 12/1/2015 at The Hollywood Theatre

    Time for a Christmas movie! I COME IN PEACE stars Dolph Lundgren (SHARK LAKE, KINDERGARTEN COP 2) as Detective Jack Caine, a cop who refuses to go by the book, and scary-looking actor Matthias Hues (CYBER ZONE, EXECUTIVE TARGET), who portrays a drug dealing alien named Talec. Talec comes to Earth to extract endorphins from human brains, in order to make a fake movie drug to sell in space. Kind of like Lundgren, he is not fluent in English, and has a weapon that’s like a razor-sharp pizza cutter boomerang.

    Caught in the middle are the White Boys, a gang of yuppie white collar drug dealers that Caine is trying to destroy. When Talec the Drug-Dealing Alien shows up and disrupts one of their drug deals, he leaves one his pizza-cutter weapons behind, and the Feds are brought in to investigate this strange piece of alien technology. Caine, who has a personal vendetta against the White Boys, is teamed up with uptight FBI agent Larry Smith (Brian Benben, “Dream On”). Needless to say, they don’t get along at all.

    When an alien cop (who can speak English) shows up to try and capture Talec, Detective Caine and Agent Smith put aside their differences (and overcome a fundamental disbelief regarding the existence of alien worlds) to take him down. If they can’t, more like Talec will come and turn Earth into a huge drug lab!

    Directed by Craig R. Baxley (ACTION JACKSON, STONE COLD).

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    SAMURAI COP 2 with Matt Hannon in person!

    Friday 11/13 at 7pm The Hollywood Theatre presents SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE with Matt Hannon (aka Mathew Karedas), Mel Novak, Nicole D’Angelo and director/visionary Gregory Hatanaka in person! Robbie will be introducing the film and conducting a Q&A with the cast afterward.

    Here are two videos we put together for the event!

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: C.I.A. CODENAME: ALEXA

    C.I.A. CODENAME: ALEXA (1992)
    Showing Tuesday 11/3/2015 at The Hollywood Theatre

    Over the last year or so, we’ve discovered a VHS gold mine in the films of PM Entertainment, which was the brainchild of directors Richard Pepin (the P) and Joseph Merhi (the M). They’re responsible for HOLOGRAM MAN, CYBER-TRACKER 2 and T-FORCE. They’re also to blame for C.I.A. CODENAME: ALEXA.

    Alexa, portrayed by Kathleen Kinmont (FINAL IMPACT, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR), is the beautiful but deadly protege of Victor Mahler (Alex Cord – THE BROTHERHOOD, STILETTO), who runs an international crime ring that is threatening the very fabric of society as we know it. Lorenzo Lamas (“Falcon Crest”, NIGHT WARRIORS) stars as C.I.A. agent Mark Graver, who is obsessed with stopping Mahler at all costs… even risking capturing Alexa and turning her against her own boss! The only man who could turn an assassin babe against her boss is a pony-tailed, goateed Lorenzo Lamas.

    It’s worth noting that this movie co-stars O.J. Simpson as Lamas’ sidekick. You’re welcome.

    Directed by Joseph Merhi (LAST MAN STANDING, ZERO TOLERANCE).

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