CANNON MONTH 2: The Wicked Die Slow (1968)

Of all the early Cannon movies, I would never have expected that a roughie American version of an Italian western would be one of the ones released on blu ray — Ronin Flix — but life is always so surprising.

The Kid (Gary Allen, one of the movie’s writers) and his Mexican sidekick Amarillo (Jeff Kanew, the other one of the movie’s writers) ride through the Wild West of New Jersey, a place where The Kid meets and falls in love with a young girl played by Susannah Campbell. Most of this movie will have her being assaulted by bandits, miscreates and even her father, who kills himself and gets buried by The Kid.

William K. Hennigar directed Mr. Mari’s Girls and Seven Days Too Long, another early Cannon movie. As for Allen, he would go on to act in everything from Annie Hall to Alice, Sweet Alice and The Sentinel while Kanew would direct Revenge of the NerdsGotcha!Tough GuysTroop Beverly Hills and V.I. Warshawski.

This is a more than sleazy regional oddity. I can get behind lots of scummy stuff in a movie, but one that has near-constant sexual assault isn’t really my thing. Your mileage — I hope not — may vary.

One thought on “CANNON MONTH 2: The Wicked Die Slow (1968)

  1. Yeeesh. Man that sounds rough all right. Sorry you had to go through that so the rest of us non-creepy misogynists don’t have to, My brother got me Nude Nuns and Big Guns (unrated) for Xmas a few years ago (it was a Kuersten tradition to watch weird/cult movies on Xmas night) and this sounds very similar. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but its very very very rapey. Watching in Xmas with Fred and his family was very upsetting – only to me, but I’m still traumatized. It’s disconcerting this stuff is even made, let alone watched. Unless it’s art, of course. NUDE NUNS sure wasn’t,


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