Shatter (1974)

The last film the classic Hammer made, Shatter was also their second film with the Shaw Brothers after The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. It was directed by Michael Carreras (The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb).

It starts Stuart Whitman as Shatter, a hitman who is in the midst of international chaos after killing an African leader and heading back to Hong Kong.

Shatter then learns that he is the next target, as he’s being used by his client for a political agenda. He enlists the help of a martial artist named Tai Pah for help against the many killers coming his way.

This is Peter Cushing’s 23rd and final Hammer film. His scenes were shot by Monte Hellman (CockfighterSilent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!).

Lung Ti, who plated Tai Pah, would go on to appear in A Better Tomorrow and Legend of Drunken Master. Anton Diffring (The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire) is the bad guy.

This was intended to be a TV series, but it never really even makes sense as a regular movie. Oh well — it has some fun parts at least.

 

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