Written by: Giuseppe Rijitano on April 27th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 17th November 1982
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Writers: Elisa Briganti (writer), Enzo G. Castellari (writer), Dardano Sacchetti (story & Screenplay)
Cast: Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow, George Eastman, Christopher Connelly, Stefania Girolami.
DVD released: December, 2009
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: The Bronx Warriors Trilogy Tin £29.99
After a groovy title sequence flashing on the various weapons and face paint coming up we’re introduced to permed 80’s chick Ann (Stefania Girolami) running across a bridge into The Bronx. Not a good idea really seeing as this is 1990 (the future, God I feel old) and this particular area of the Big Apple has been designated as a “No Man’s Land” by the authorities, the cops no longer enter it and the street gangs rule. So unsurprisingly Ann is accosted sharpish by the dirty denizens. What is surprising is that her assailants, the Zombies gang, are a bunch of leotard wearing idiots on roller skates with hockey sticks for weapons. Their furtive gang-groping of Ann is cut short however with the appearance of the Riders, a bunch of bikers led by Trash (Mark Gregory). Obviously Harleys beat skates so the Zombies get a kicking and Trash gets a new girlfriend.
Lanky long-haired ladyboy Trash may walk like a post-op transsexual but you don’t want to get on his bad side, especially when someones been shotgunning members of his gang in the chest. The Tigers, led by The Ogre (Fred Williamson) are suspect but turns out it’s actually a ploy by undercover cop Hammer (Vic Morrow, slumming it) who’s been sent in by the ominous sounding Manhattan Corporation to recover Ann and generally stir up some shit. Trash’s best girl is heir apparent to the corporate throne it seems and the suits are desperate to get her back home where they can control her. Before Trash can wrap his tiny brain around any of that though, Ann is kidnapped by the Zombies.
Trash decides to pay The Ogre a visit for assistance. Trouble is he will have to survive enemy territory; the Jackals, the Scavengers, the Sharks, etc. The first gang he encounters are a terrifyingly avant-garde experimental dance troupe apparently rehearsing a musical version of A Clockwork Orange incorporating tap, presumably these are the Sharks (but where are the Jets?). Next up, the Scavengers; wannabe CHUD’s that look like pasty hippies and are no real threat to anyone. They do overpower a Rider but all they do is beat him and string him up, it’s Dr Trash Kevorkian that breaks his neck in a dubious attempt to prevent him suffering! After finally making it to the Tiger’s territory Trash gets the help he needs, well The Ogre and his cloak-wearing dominatrix Witch come along anyway, really, that all they could spare then? And it’s a race to save Ann from the clutches of those hockey-stick-wielding freaks, oh and the incoming police army with helicopters, flamethrowers and machine guns spearheaded by the cackling Hammer, The Exterminator……..
This isn’t a spaghetti post-apocalypse flick despite what the poster, cover, taglines, etc might have you believe. This is essentially The Warriors meets Escape From New York mashed together Italian exploitation style and if you’re a huge fan of either of those flicks you’re probably best staying far away from this one. BUT if you love Italian exploitation films (and I do) you’re in for a treat here. Dumbass dialogue “It could be a pile of shit out of somebody’s asshole!” and “We in The Bronx live with death” being a couple of tasty examples. Terrible acting from the lead Mark Gregory, discovered in a gym apparently, paint him blue pin a tail on him and send him to infiltrate the Na’vi sure but sign him to a three picture deal?! And who’s idea was it to dub him in a gormless Tony Danza monotone, genius! Appearances from genre stalwarts Vic Morrow, Fred Williamson, George Eastman, Christopher Connelly, etc all spice up this ham nicely! And ham it is, with a big old side of cheese, only the Italians know the correct recipe it seems.
The film looks outstanding, remastered anamorphic 2.35:1, excellent contrast levels and colors. The audio is clean and clear.
Extras: An all-new 20 minute interview with director Enzo G. Castellari and his editor Gianfranco Amicucci – in which both share recollections of working on all three films in the ‘trilogy’ and Enzo comes across as a very jolly bloke that’s tickled pink his films are beloved by the likes of Quentin Tarantino. Shameless Fact Track by Paul Alaoui in which interesting information about the film is imparted via text subtitles. Brief intro to the film by Enzo (pretty much just a thumbs up!) and original trailers, alternate credits and a ‘Collector’s Gallery from archive materials’.
Roll on Escape From The Bronx!