1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS
(1990 Il Guerrieri del Bronx)
1990: The Bronx Warriors is a shabby, rather cheesy action film although perhaps not as hysterically awful as director Enzo G. Castellaris subsequent The New Barbarians/Warriors of the Wasteland (1983). The action only moves from one fight sequence to the next. Each sequence is filled with ridiculous poses rollerskates or motorcycles slide into place right in front of the camera, people fall into formations like a dance chorus before starting a fight. Castellari directs in a great many closeups but when it comes to the fight sequences the camera is oddly set far too far from the action to make what is happening in any way involving. There is too much repetitive plotting centred around temporary gang alliances and betrayals.
The acting tends towards the terrible, especially from Mark Gregory and Stefania Girolami as the hero and heroine. Imported for American marquee appeal are Blaxploitation star Fred Williamson and Vic Morrow, in his penultimate film just before his tragic death in the Twilight Zone The Movie (1983) helicopter accident. The incredibly garish clothing design certainly catches the interest.
Enzo G. Castellari made a much better sequel Bronx Warriors 2 (1983).
Enzo G. Castellari has been a prolific director in Italian pulp cinema since the 1960s. His other genre contributions include the giallo psycho-thriller Cold Eyes of Fear (1971), the revenge film The House By the Edge of the Lake (1979), the blatant Spielberg ripoff Shark/The Great White (1982), the incredibly bad post-holocaust film The New Barbarians/Warriors of the Wasteland (1983), the mad scientist/action film Light Blast (1985) and Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989). These days Castellari is perhaps better remembered as director of the original Inglorious Bastards (1978).
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