THE LAST HUNTER
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Following the suicide of his shell-shocked friend, Captain Harry Morris along with his small makeshift crew goes on a mission to destroy a Vietcong radio tower.
Is it good movie?
Italian horror type films from the older days are a strange breed- they tend to directly rip off American hits while injecting some of their own flavour. For instance, this film is sort of a mix between Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now. The whole thing is briskly paced though, as the viewer is thrown right into the action from the outset, with the nasty suicide of a fellow soldier followed by clumsy hand to hand combat leaving the crew in a dire way.
The Last Hunter isn't big on plot though. It is clever and even humorous sometimes (the rape scene had me giggling, perhaps inappropriately due to the way it was shot), and is certainly entertaining. I'm not a big fan of war movies, but this Vietnam film is a little different from others in the sense that this isn't a complete American Pie type of film. It's gritty and absolutely brutal- nearly everyone in the film dies, and not only do they die, they get it good.
Yes gore hounds, there's plenty of the red stuff for you here. Eyeballs being blasted out, point blank shots to the head and other points of the body. In fact, a good way to describe this movie would be that it's a great war movie for people who don't like war movies- more specifically, horror movie fans! You'll find there's lots of hilarious dialogue in this one too, as it hasn't exactly aged well- you'll be quoting some of the wacky lines to yourself and your buddies for awhile.
The acting in The Last Hunter is..not so great, but it serves its purpose. There's even a bit of a twist ending, which I didn't see coming, which I won't spoil for you. You'll also notice that Tisa Farrow is in this one, and yeah, she's Mia's sister, and yeah, she's a bad actress.
The Last Hunter goes way over the top and doesn't let up for a second, that's the best way of putting it.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 2:35:1 Widescreen and looks great for such an old transfer. Sure, the print isn't perfect, but it looks about as good as it's going to look.
Audio is unfortunately only available in 2.0 mono, but sounds okay I suppose.
The main featurette here is Margheriti and The Last Hunter, a 22 minute interview with Edoardo Margheriti, the son of the film's late director Antonio Margheriti, who served as second unit director on this film. I thought this was a great companion piece to this disc, as Edoardo is tremendously knowledgeable about Italian cinema and doesn't pull any punches when talking about his father's work, the tough conditions, and the general nature of Italian exploitation cinema at the time.
Other than that, you get a trailer and a still gallery. Not much, but the previous interview's good enough on its own.
The Last Hunter won't blow you away, but it's certainly an entertaining flick. A relic rediscovered and cleaned up, you'll dig this if you watch it with a few buds- it's an hour and a half of bullet spraying, artery spewing action!