From the opening theme, over a montage of nasty looking weapons and exotic outfits our curiosity was peaked and by the time Trash and The Riders had despatched The Zombies, everybody was hooked. Two lads even gasped "fucking cool!" as the fight stick was slowly withdrawn from behind the bike saddle with a grating "chiiiiing!
The sequel is pure adrenaline. With a body count of more than 170, Escape From The
I have loved these two films for over 20 years and in 2003 sold 2 German language version DVDs on Ebay. The winning bidder was none other than Enzo Castellari himself and he proved to be a very friendly and helpful bloke, giving me permission to use photos from his official site, information on the movies and filling me in on the mysterious disappearance of Mark Gregory post 1989.
In June 2004 I visited Enzo at his office in
Like the original Beastmaster, these two films are pure, unadulterated, guilty pleasure (although unlike that movie, the sequel is just as good) and I salute Enzo for his efforts in creating two of the biggest joys of my adolescent, movie-viewing life.
...and I really did try to get penknife blades to flip down off my BMX front forks....never quite worked.