An interesting Italian demonic possession film with some good ideas.
L'Anticristo (1974) is part of that great swathe of demonic possession films that emerged following the release of The Exorcist (1973), but rather than slavishly follow the formula, this production does have a few interesting ideas and some good set-pieces.
Wheels of Terror (1987) a.k.a Misfit Brigade is own its own merits a decent but unexciting low budget WW2 film, enlivened by a tense climactic action scene and Oliver Reed/David Carradine cameos. As an adaptation of Hassel's controversial novel however it just falls down flat and could well be the worst ever book to film adaptation.
Billy Blanks double-bill - 19.6.13
Tough and Deadly (1985) is probably the most enjoyable in Blanks' canon, a classic and highly entertaining buddy movie with 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, while Hidden Tiger (1996) is Blank's final starring role, a rather generic but enjoyable actioner.
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Riccardo Freda was born in 1909 in Alexandria in Egypt to Italian parents. He was always a fan of cinema and in 1932 he moved to Rome to work at the film studios.
He initially found work as a sculptor, later moving into set design, screenwriting and editing, working in various roles on a variety of films, including Piccoli naufraghi (1939) where he was credited as assistant director.
In 1942 he set up his own production company Elica and directed his first film, the period French drama Don Cesare di Bazan (1942). It would be his only production for several years as the Second World War turned against Italy and the country surrendered in 1943.
In September of that year, Freda along with his friend the publisher and critic Leo Longanesi crossed south through the Abruzzi mountains disguised as American soldiers to reach the safety of the Allied lines.
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