Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Hate Story

You may not be surprised to learn that I love trailers for exploitation movies, sometimes even more than the movies themselves. I first saw the JOHNNY FIRECLOUD trailer almost a decade ago on one of Something Weird Video's many compilation tapes. It was aggressive, gory, violent, timely, and boasted a very good exploitation cast. SWV eventually released the David F. Friedman production on DVD in a good-looking widescreen print and with an audio commentary track featuring Friedman. I was happy to discover that JOHNNY FIRECLOUD, which is basically a rough hybrid of BILLY JACK and DEATH WISH, is not just a good drive-in flick, but a thoughtful, well-acted melodrama as well. Its "good" qualities are frankly hidden in this hyperbolic trailer, which is as it should be.

Note: the R-rated trailer may not be safe for work viewing.


Kool Mo P said...

Sweet! It was filmed in Pannovision. That must account for the boobs.

Jim Donahue said...

Kipp Lennon has done vocals for a bunch of songs on "The Simpsons."