JWD: New Gladiators (1984)

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A TROMA release, and an Italian movie by the one and only Lucio Fulci- staring Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson. Pretty weird, right!? Yeah it is sooo weird but so fucking awsome!

We’re in Rome, in the futuristic year of 2074, through the eyes of an Italian director, named Lucio Fulci in the year 1984. The city of Rome looks 80’s-futuristic, fucking bad-ass and sooo fake!! And we follow this cheesy group of inmates who is promised freedom if they will fight as gladiators in the ancient colosseum…if they dont’ die of course, part of it’s time most popular tv-show. This is a futuristic action/thriller made the way only Fulci could have made it. I could see right away that it was a Fulci film, with the typical close up’s on the faces that «owns» the sceen and an intense second face in the background. His typical style in The Beyond’ and ‘House By The Cemetery’-if you dig. The minimalistic intrumental synt/rock_soundtrack gave me goosebumps and fitted so well with the fake ‘toylike’ city and backgrounds. The acting is fucking terrible and the dubbing is even worse of course, uh, well can’t deside-the acting is pretty fucking terrible, but it just dosent matter, gye. You dont put on a movie like this one to be blown away in a serious way. But it is really funny though; that the movie is trying to be soooo serious and it just ends up… baaad, bro’-in a good way. Yeah it’s one of those kind of movies, dont’ you just love ’em!? I enjoyed the hell out of it (maybe because i had beer…as always) and it was damn awsome to have ‘The Hammer’ as one of the casts, thats a huge bonus. He was actually the only charater i really cared for in this flick, the other ones was just so out of place in their’ roles and just so wooden. Well, to be honest, i did begin to care about the ‘gladiator-brotherhood’ that is beeing formed while the movie is running. We are supposed to care about the main character; «Champ», But i do dear to say that ‘The Hammer’ is the only actor in this flick who convinced me and who actually owns charisma. This is the ultimate cheese-fest, but dont forget your cold ones. Loved it!

beerglas-rating-4-5