Day of the Cobra / Il giorno del Cobra (1980)

2.0 out of 5

By the time Day Of The Cobra came out in 1980 the Eurocrime wave had largely receded. This was an extremely late genre entry starring Franco Nero and as such has none of the cool 1970s vibe that we associate with the poliziottesco film cycle. It is nevertheless a Castellari film and as such is pretty entertaining in it's own way even if it doesn't exactly set the genre alight.

Castellari isn't a great director but, using the tools at his disposal, he did make some pretty entertaining films. Day Of The Cobra is one such pretty entertaining film though it is probably the lesser effort of his Eurocrime contributions.

In this film there is a nod in the direction of giallo and a largely unsuccessful attempt to capture an occasional feel of film noir but all this aside it is has the occasional interesting idea including some transvestite kung fu under disco lights which alone maybe worth the price of rental. Fans will recognise the use of a few familiar Castellari locations and the presence of genre character actor Romano Puppo.

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