THE EXTERMINATOR (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A couple of warehouse worker pals manage to foil a gang, effectively stopping them from stealing beer from the warehouse where they work. Unfortunately for them, the gang decides they want revenge and take one of the two friends out, rendering him quadripelegic. The surviving friend John has had enough. He decides to take out the Ghetto Ghouls and becomes a vigilante known as The Executioner, rescuer of prostitutes and warrior against slave traders. Can he fight off the cops on his tail and clean up the streets?
Is it good movie?
Talk about movies I remember walking by when I was a young lad at the video store. I can still see the cover in my mind when I close my eyes, the dude in the suit brandishing a huge flamethrower, out to destroy all in his path. This one is a real piece of nasty, exploitative and violent cinema.
Well, it's bad. It's pretty bad in general. That doesn't mean that you can't have fun with it though because to the right people, this movie could be an absolute riot. The dialogue is hilariously bad, the editing is all over the place and the whole thing is really heavy-handed. The film is shot in a rough style to say the least, with some gritty, ugly camerawork and brutal editing.
And if you're a fan of super gritty old-school action, there's lots to be found here. The movie kicks off with an extreme flashback scene to the jungles of Nam where our two friends met up. It's nasty and sets the bar high (it has one wickedly graphic decapitation scene), and the film has a hard time staying up that high.
With that being said, this one is pretty brutal. Have you ever seen a half naked chubster getting blasted point-blank with a gun loaded with poison bullets! How about a man getting tossed into a giant meat grinder? It's hard to care about the characters though and it seems that the director can't decide whether our hero is a hero or not. There's a cop (the entertaining Christopher George) on his tail too, and it isn't easy to decide what to think of him either. And forget about that stupid romantic subplot with the cop and the scientist.
The Exterminator is a violent and dated movie that will instantly transport you to the ugly days of the early 80s. Prepare to laugh and vomit in disbelief!
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1080p 1.78:1 widescreen and looks alright, given the source material. You'll still see grain on the film and scratches during certain shots but this is the best this film will ever look!
Audio comes in DTS-HD MA 2.0 and isn't really impressive. Kind of clear, but I'm never big on plain stereo tracks.
There is a commentary with director James Glickenhaus and the dude who runs Temple of Schlock. He loved making this movie, is proud of it and has gone on to become a successful banker. Weird, eh?
You also get a trailer and a few TV spots.
This also comes with a DVD copy of the film.
This one will surely be a blast from the past, a little slice of social zeigeist for those who remember it. It's super violent and more than a little silly. It'll fill your exploitation cup til it brims over with guts!