Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Excellent Italian Action cinema reference book
Allow me to highly recommend author David Zuzelo's essential film reference work Tough To Kill. An attempt to review as many of the amazing glut of action movies churned out by the copycat Italian producers in the 1980s it is almost as entertaining as the movies themselves. The success of RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2 opened the floodgates for dozens of insane low budget cash-ins and this book is an attempt to give the reader a guide to the good and the so-bad-its-good. As a worth-the-price-of-admission style extra is an interview with Edoardo Margheriti who talks extensively about his father's action films and the tricks used to create their impressive special effects on small scales.
Pick it up. Its damned good reading and will edumacate you on a little written of side corridor of Euro-Trash cinema. Oh! And the (ahem!) adults among you might what to check out Mr. Z's fine blog as well.