Endgame / Bronx lotta finale (1983)

3.5 out of 5

Despite an arid budget and rather mediocre locations, Joe D'Amato directs this post nuke opus with a lot more verve and verisimilitude than many of his other films and ends up crafting one of the best post nuke movies in the genre. Marshalling together an impressive cast list, including Al Cliver, George Eastman,Gabriele Tinti,Gordon Mitchell,Bobby Rhodes and Emanuelle squeeze Laura Gemser, D'Amato keeps a steady flow of action coming the viewers way, throwing in for good measure some outlandish planet of the apes style make up, blue mutant fish-men and blind hooded sword wielding monks. Fans of Gemser's more erotic adventures will go away disappointed as her clothes stay firmly on despite the advances of a blue scaly fish mutant and a rather stoic Snake pliskkin-esque Cliver, who seems more interested in a cache of gold than any nookie.

Better than D'Amato's 2020 Texas Gladiators and, taken in the right spirit, a highly entertaining 90 minutes.

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