Pigs with the P.38 / Porci con la P.38 (1979)

2.0 out of 5

Lea Lander, the saviour of Rabid Dogs, is in this arse-end Eurocrime entry and just like the Bava crime classic this features a child kidnapping theme. There is a bit of Fernando Di Leo style industrial grittiness, there are J and B bottles absolutely everywhere, there are some giallo-like deaths, Marc Porel is an insanely violent tough cop and the film features a mid-movie girl-on-girl fondle and norkshow to wake up the flagging. It is a shame that put together nothing really works too well and the results are less than satisfying.

The genre obligatory car chases are slow, the sleazy heroin orgy may be cheap but also not especially exciting and the twangy drug music, far from full of eastern promise, sounds as though it is the strumming of an elastic band stretched across a tea caddy.

Half as exciting as Andrea Bianchi's Massacro and as visually engaging as Hanna D. - La ragazza del Vondel Park, but without any of the bona fide scuzziness of either, this is almost a disaster from start to finish. A scrapyard finale is a definite highlight but this alone is not enough.

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