MILL CREEK DRIVE-IN MOVIE CLASSICS: Beast with a Gun (1977)

Released in the U.S. as Beast with a Gun, The Human Beast and Mad Dog Killer, this movie probably had more people see it when it was the film that Louis Gara (Robert De Niro) and Melanie (Bridget Fonda) watch in Jackie Brown.

Nanni Vitali is a maniac. Played by Helmut Berger (The DamnedSalon Kitty), he’s set his sights on horrifying revenge, escaping jail and killing the man who set him up,  raping his woman Giuliana (Marisa Mell, who pretty much will do anything in any poliziotteschi movie, as well as being the female patron saint of these Mill Creek sets) and then going after everyone and anyone.

Richard Harrison is the only man that can stop him, as he tries to kill Giuliana, as well as Harrison’s father and aunt. Man, you’d really have to convince me that Mell wasn’t shot for real, because her dedication in these movies is near-death match wrestler in its intensity.

Somehow, of all the Italian police movies filled with mayhem, this is the only one that made it to the video nasty list. It’s listed as Street Killers on the Section 3 chapter of that infamous list.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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