totally obscure French/Italian Grindhouse films that must be seen to
While the title doesn't really work(it's
only marginally better than the alternate European KILL AND ENJOY moniker),
that's not the ONLY thing that doesn't fit here.
are these three popular American B-actors doing in this film?
read the script?
Chuck Connors, Bo Svenson and Robert Ginty traveled halfway
around the world to star in this sleaze-drenched, misogynist thriller.
director: Andrea Bianchi (as Frank Drew White)
starring: Chuck Connors · Bo Svenson · Robert Ginty · Suzanne Andrews
· Dora Doll · Oliver Mathot
is the story of a secret cult in a small French village that kidnaps
loose women and tortures them 'inquisition style' to purify their
souls. The group of hooded executioners is led by a man named Justice
Gondrand (played by Robert Ginty). He thoroughly enjoys demeaning the
captured females but once they admit to being a whore, he brings out
the pliers and starts on the nipples. Perhaps the oddest thing about
this film is the way it's constructed, like a Giallo [or who-done-it],
but while the police and townspeople are running around trying to figure
out who is behind the crimes, the audience already knows. At one point,
the police go to arrest the 'scientist from California' (Chuck Connors
in the role of Dr Roger Osbourne) because somebody spotted some blood
on his floor. Meanwhile, Count Manny Savano (Bo Svenson) has a confrontation
with Gondrand at a party when the cult leader starts flirting with the
Count's wife. Both Count Savano and his woman are then kidnapped by
Justice Gondrand and tortured in the basement chamber. This eventually
leads the cops to the rescue.
Svenson has acted in 120+ projects since 1965. He did a ton of TV work
(e.g., Flipper, Mission Impossible, High Chaparral, the
Virginian, Ironside, et al) before landing his breakout
role as Sheriff Buford Pusser in the Walking Tall sequels
and hit television series. Today, he still works as an actor, but is
quickly becoming known for his writing. His novel For Love and Country
hit the New York Times bestseller list in December 2015.
Chuck Connors became an actor in the mid '50s, he was a professional
basketball player [he was the first to shatter a backboard while playing
with the Boston Celtics in 1946] and baseball player [initially for
the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the Chicago Cubs, 1948-52]. Chuck Connors
made a whopping 134+ films but he is best known for his role of Lucas
McCain in ABC's Rifleman series. Mr Connors died from
lung cancer at age 72 in November 1992.
Ginty - looking more like a bloated James Spader here - got into acting
after spending time in the music business. In the late '60s, he went
on tour as the drummer for John Lee Hooker, followed by a lengthy stint
with both Janis Joplin and Carlos Santana. In the mid '70s, Robert moved
to New York where he did some Broadway stage work. Los Angeles drew
him back for the lead role in the TV series (based on the hit movie)
Paper Chase (1978-80). That led to a starring role in
the vigilante movie The Exterminator (1980), a surprise boxoffice
hit that led to an immediate sequel. After stumbling through MANIAC
KILLER, Robert became a regular as Walker Daniels on TV's Falcon
Crest (1989-90). In 1990, he switched gears and - for the next
decade - began directing (usually under the R. W. Ginty alias), helming
such television projects as Xena, Nash Bridges
and Charmed. In Europe, he successfully directed and produced
a rap/hip-hop version of Clockwork Orange. Mr Ginty died of cancer
in September 2009 at age 60..