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We’ve come to the end of a loosely connected, months-long, trio of reviews that featured the late, great Leo Fong.
Welcome to B-Movie Enema. This week, I’m going to take a look at 1978’s Enforcer from Death Row. This film comes pretty early in Fong’s career as an actor. While we are accepting the fact that this movie was released in 1978 and was called Enforcer from Death Row, the film is also listed on IMDb as Ninja Assassins with the date of 1976. Some of this can be explained by a couple factors at play with this movie.
First, the 70s were kind of known for a couple things when it came to film distribution. You had independent studios cranking out low budget movies and then shopping them for distribution. That distribution, especially for movies like these kung fu/exploitation/low budget action flicks would land the films either at drive-ins or in grindhouse theaters. Second, this was a movie made in the Philippines. That was kind of a southeast Asian haven for films to be made quick and on the cheap in the late 60s and 70s. There are some very fine, if not extremely simple, movies that came out of the area during this time.
He’s gonna take you back to the past to play the shitty games that suck ass. He’d rather have a buffalo take a diarrhea dump in his ear. He’d rather eat the rotten asshole of a road killed skunk and down it with beer. Now, he’s going to be the focus of this week’s B-Movie Enema article, the 350th to be exact. I’m going to discuss both the man and his film – 2014’s Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.
I’m going to get to the significance of this particular movie and the man behind it, James Rolfe, in just a few moments, but first, I want to circle back around to that number I just mentioned. This is the 350th edition of this blog (is that a thing – can I call a blog post an edition?). That’s hardly an insignificant feat. I’m going to take a few minutes to pat myself on the back over said feat.
Welcome to this week’s B-Movie Enema. When I say this was a long time coming it’s because I’ve known of this movie for a long time, had a copy of it, and have always wanted to find some way to talk about it because it exists in a peculiar time of exploitation in the movies – the 1980s. In addition to that, it also has some not insignificant people in the cast. This week, I’m going to be digging into the Danny Steinmann film Savage Streets starring Linda Blair.
I’ve been looking for a way to cover this movie somehow. I got it with the possibility of it being featured either here at B-Movie Enema or as part of a theme month of movies with the word “Savage” in the title over at Film Seizure. However, considering I have an extensive backlog of movies to feature here, I decided I needed to pull the trigger and clear this one off the list. By the way, A LOT of next year is going to be clearing backlog, but I digress. Let’s start looking at the people involved with this movie, beginning with director Danny Steinmann.
Third review in a week? That’s right! This is one of those years where we get a regular B-Movie Enemareview, followed by a Halloween special review, and then, just a couple days later, it’s back to the regular Friday release day!
For this first Friday in November, it’s time to start digging into some of the backlog I’ve accumulated. Most of what’s coming for the rest of 2022 will be made up of movies that I’ve been wanting to get around to, watch, or just write about for some time. So we start by one of the many movies I’ve bought from one of the regular Vinegar Syndrome sales that occur each year, 1991’s Steel and Lace.
It’s been quite some time since I did an actual Halloween film from the franchise that gave us a guy in a spray-painted William Shatner mask. In 2016, I was watching Fear Fest on AMC and Halloween: Resurrection was on and I realized how really bad that movie was and I needed to put my thoughts to the world. And I did! Then, in 2017, I did it againwith my favorite of all the Halloween sequels, Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
But, much like it was on October 21, 1988, the wait is finally over. I’m back to covering the exploits of one Michael Myers with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. This feels good. This feels like home. I’m back to talking about Halloween sequels that are either kind of oddballs or flat out bad. This one lands somewhere in between, but we’ll talk about that more in a bit.
In the greatest season of the year, there lies the greatest month of the year, and, within that, is the greatest weekend of the year. Oh yeah, it’s Halloween weekend, Enemaniacs! B-Movie Enema has not one, but TWO reviews for you in just four days. We get things started today with this week’s new article that revisits a favorite movie to watch during this time of the year.
Remember back to 2018. In a five-day stretch, I covered the classic 1988 Night of the Demons. I followed that up with the 2009 remake for Halloween Eve, right? Well, it’s time to go back to the Angela shenanigans for this 1994 sequel to that original class, Night of the Demons 2. And since we’re talking about going back to the well for this movie, I find it interesting that it was actually even made to begin with.
I kind of mean it. Six years passed between Night of the Demons and this first sequel. That’s right, there were two sequels made. I’m guessing there was some attempt to cash in on the original’s popularity for being a cable TV flick and an oft-rented horror masterpiece. So, a sequel was made and sold to Republic Pictures and Paramount for a brief theatrical run and video release by the respective companies. Since this is a movie all about the aftermath of a Halloween party gone wrong and a new Halloween party taking place, it only makes perfect sense that Night of the Demons 2 was released on May 13, 1994.