His Dark Materials
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This rarely talked about film is actually one hell of a standout in the killer kid genre. The director knows how to build tension and creep you the hell out. The topic of the film, and I'm giving nothing away as it's in the title, deals with the idea of children being the ultimate threat because "Who Can Kill a Child?". Not only is the idea presented but it's dealt with very well. It's no wonder why this film would have been banned or cut as it's pretty horrible it parts, but very good at the same time. This one would be excellent for any horror fan or just someone who wants a film to affect them, rather than leave then dry, as long as you don't mind a film boiling up, and not just throw shit at you right away. Of course there are some odd, maybe laughable parts, as this film's subject is hard to portray well, but it's still one heck of an affecting movie.
A creeping kind of movie. Definitely strange and different and probably one mostly for fans of euro-shock cinema.
Considering this film was released in 1966, and the directing style is amazing even in comparison to the later martial arts classic, the patchy spots that are peppered throughout are easily overlooked.
This film really creates fight scenes where you feel something is at stake. Some parts are more like a mexican stand-off than a kung-fu fight.
Plus King Hu's use of silence and music, bursts and pauses, and just great camera work really elevates this film to the top of the genre.
Of the RDS films I've seen, this, along with The Thrill Killers, is my favourite.
It just has great 60s B-movie flair and seems to me, anyway, super original.
You can tell Steckler just wanted to make a film SO bad and did this, which was apparently made for $20. That's a real inspiration.
This little gem is also quite atmospheric, especially in the opening scene, and the soundtrack fucking kicks ass.
I also love the rendition of the motorcyle and bitch cab idea, where the hero stands in the bitch cab and points to their destination...who's the bitch now. That aspect definelty made for great laughs.
As Steckler says in the intro, this is a real good film for aspiring film makers.
This is one peculiar sucker. Even if you're not enjoying the film you have to keep watching simply because it's an odd cookie. But why you wouldn't be enjoying it is beyond me. It's pretty fast paced, allowing the plot to get ahead of itself and letting you catch up and it keeps chugging, but you won't be bored. It's low on violence and gore but it's high on fun (god that's corny) as it's simply enjoyable to watch the biker gang be hooligans along with the simple but effective score, that's one of the coolest I've heard.
It definitely has that 70s British B-Movie feel, which isn't bad at all, as long as you're into that. It needs a better name though, but this one is kind of cheesily attractive.
Anyway, it's a classic B biker with a supernatural plot, so I'd really like to know what's not to like.