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.


Anonymous 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."