100% Weird: 1990 Bronx Warriors
I've been on this really big post apocalyptic movie craze lately and I just cant seem to get enough of the 1990 Bronx Warriors. It is definitely one of Enzo G Castellari's best films and includes performances by a few popular American actors. The movie features Christopher Connelly as Hot Dog, Fred Williamson as The Ogre, and Vic Morrow as Hammer. Lastly the film also introduces the main character Trash, played by first time actor Mark Gregory.
The movie itself is text book American movie rip off, and on that basis alone...The 1990 Bronx Warriors is one of the greatest of its kind. The movie is a good cross between Escape from New York and The Warriors. The story goes, in 1990 the Bronx has been declared No Mans Land, where their streets are divided by rival gangs. The concept of a blocked off no man's land comes from Escape from NY, and the rival street gangs is reminiscent of the Warriors. Castellari does a great job crossing each movie's concepts. After watching the extra features interview with Fred Williamson, I've also really come to like the movie's editing. Knowing that they only filmed in New York for a few days and shot the majority of the movie in urban Rome.
I sometimes wonder if John Carpenter got his idea for Escape from LA from the 1990 Bronx Warriors, even those two movies have similarities. The whole idea of a female of high standing leaving the normal world to seek freedom in the no mans land.
On a sadder note, actor Vic Morrow died a few weeks later after the completion of the 1990 Bronx Warriors on the set of The Twilight Zone movie. In a tragic on camera accident, a scene involving a plane malfunctioned and decapitated Morrow and another cast member. The 1990 Bronx Warriors is his last completed film.
The 1990 Bronx Warriors is classic 80s Italian Cinema. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. And if your like my friend Tony and cant stand the New Barbarians, don't be discouraged, the 1990 Bronx Warriors is a lot better of a film.
Title: 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx
Film Date: 1982
Release Date: April 1983 (USA)
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Tagline: In the year 1990, the Bronx is officially declared No Man's Land. The authorities give up all attempts to restore law and order. From then on, the area is ruled by the Riders.
IMDB Profile: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085124/
Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990:_The_Bronx_Warriors