Blastfighter (1984)

2.5 out of 5

2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York star Michael Sopkiw is 'Tiger' Sharp, some sort of special ops cop who has until recently been imprisoned for killing the criminal scumbag that murdered his wife.

Heading back to his southern-fried home town for 'the quiet life', he finds it anything but when it transpires the town is now run by a group of ruthless poachers, led by his childhood friend and rival, Tom, George Eastman. When some of the head poachers kill his friend, a young man, and eventually his daughter, Tiger becomes a one man army set against veritable hordes of stereotypical rednecks, eventually letting rip on them with a huge multifunctional machine gun that could easily have come from the pages of Judge Dredd.

First Blood and Deliverance are the obvious reference points for this simplistic actioner, delivered by Lamberto Bava under the pseudonym John Old Jnr. Naturally more cheaply made than either, Blastfighter is nonetheless almost as much macho fun and whereas its inspirations had a handful of evil rednecks for cannon fodder, Bava has them pouring out by the hundreds. However, Sopkiw lacks the presence of a Sylvester Stallone, despite being the better actor, and the contrived story strand regarding Tiger's reunion with his long lost daughter seems there solely to provide a female lead to kill off. Which of course it is.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics