1990: BRONX WARRIORS
Dir: Enzo G. Castellari, 1982.
93 min. Italy. In English.
SATURDAY, JULY 7TH – 10PM
THURSDAY, JULY 12TH – 8PM
Medieval in its brutality and psychedelic in its execution, 1990: Bronx Warriors is among the crowning achievements of exploitation master Enzo G. Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards, Keoma, The Big Racket). And at that, it’s one of the most compellingly over-the-top, guttural pictures to capitalize on the 1970’s South Bronx crime wave. Handily cribbing from both Escape from New York and The Warriors, it presents a dystopian future scenario in which the Bronx is quarantined as a mob-ruled No Man’s Land lorded over by colorful gangs marked by their flamboyant dress and manneristic quirks. Into this anarchic world a young heiress flees her evil capitalist father, who employs a mercenary army to slaughter its way through the gangs who variously harbor and fight over her.
This is perhaps the most lavish, colorful and explosive production of both Castellari’s career and the Italian post-apocalypse subgenre it inspired. It’s highlights include epic slow-motion shootouts, sword-vs-hockey stick brawls, creepy mimes with nunchucks and a legion of mounted police officers strapped with flame throwers roasting out the gangs against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. The cast includes blaxploitation stalwart Fred Williamson alongside Vic Morrow in his penultimate role.
BRONX WARRIORS screens with:
Dir. by James Fitzpatrick, 1963.
7 min. USA.
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