Friday, 15 June 2012

Death Wish II (1982) - A Quintessential Piece of Exploitative Revenge

Michael Winner’s ‘Death Wish’ (1974) is a gritty realistic thought provoking crime thriller that is very much a product of its time capturing perfectly the American public’s concerns with the alarming rise of street crime in the 1970s. However, many critics vilified it by damning its depiction of vigilantism as supporting it. I disagree as the late great Charles Bronson’s portrayal of Paul Kersey a liberal pacifist architect taking the law into his own hands after the murder of his wife and rape of his daughter by a gang of muggers embodied the frustrations of an imperfect justice system and the failings of society. The consequences of which change Kersey’s perception of what is wrong and what is right.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

In 1967 Hammer Films’ most famous director and one of the best ever filmmakers of the horror genre Terence Fisher returned to helm his third Frankenstein feature. ‘Frankenstein Created Woman’ ignores the inferior Freddie Francis stand-alone effort ‘The Evil of Frankenstein’ (1964) which was a limp dick attempt in paying homage to the previous Universal incarnations of the Mary Shelly mythology and was actually distributed by the Hollywood studio. It was a shoddy shot in the foot for the franchise with a terrible cartoonish screenplay and woeful SFX work. This entry put the series back on track returning to the continuity established with Fisher’s own ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’ (1957) and The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) but with a refreshing new take on the material.