Director Giuliano Carnimeo is better known for his Western films with the Sartana character, as well as 1972’s The Case of the Bloody Iris, a movie that I believe is at once a giallo and a satire of the genre.
By 1983, everyone in Italy was directed post-apocalyptic films. This one is pretty much The Road Warrior with little difference. But hey! It has Pag (Luciano Pigozzi) from Yor, Hunter from the Future in it!
It also has a bandana-wearing good guy named Alien (former model Robert Iannucci) who drives around in a car called The Exterminator! He ha an ex-girlfriend named Trash that helps him and a cyborg child named Tommy that he has to grudgingly protect.
There’s also a gang led by Crazy Bull that’s after all the water — instead of Humungus being after all the gas. And there are some great stunts.
But that’s it. Far be it from me to demand that a spaghetti post-apoc flick has an actual plot or character arc, but it can be done. It doesn’t get done here.
I actually feel bad ending this week on a down note. I mean, there were so many great movies. And this stinker…but don’t worry! There are plenty more coming in June. I promise that almost every single one of them is better than this movie, which suckered me in with an awesome title and poster. That has happened before. It will happen again.
Of course, Shout! Factory has released this. There are better Italian clones of Australian end of the world movies. But don’t let me stop you from ordering it.