Commander Lawin (1981) Renowned stuntman Eddie Nicart followed his first two film as director, the Weng Weng spy spoofs Agent 00 and For Y’ur Height Only, with a more standard Tagalog actioner starring veteran goon Dante Varona (also in Agent 00). As was the style of enterprising indie producers in the early 80s, it was dubbed into English and sold all over the world as a First Blood-style jungle revenge epic.
Raiders Of Atlantis (1983) While Antonio Margheriti/“Anthony M. Dawson” was burning through Luzon’s foliage making his Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now reduxes, fellow Italian Ruggero (Cannibal Holocaust) Deodato was busy marrying the Road Warrior with Warlords Of Atlantis. The offspring: a mad, apocalyptic biker science fiction nutjob. With
Prison Camp Girls (1983) Udo (Flesh For Frankenstein) Kier presides over a tropical hellhole in a particularly sleazy WIP entry known as Escape From Blood Plantation and
Black Fire (1985) Kinavesa Films, also known as Silver Star, was Chinoy businessman K.Y. (or “Kimmy”) Lim’s low-rent production outfit. Using mostly a crew of well-seasoned locals and foreign actors living in the
Ninja Warriors (1985) and Ninja’s Force (1985) Kinavesa/Silver Star entered the Ninja craze with two bizarre, to say the least, Romano Kristoff vehicles. Ninja Warriors top-bills American martial artist Ron Marchiano, and rounds out the cast with the familiar faces of Ken Watanabe, Mike Cohen (the American scientist in For Y’ur Height Only), Nick Nicholson and Mike Monty. Kristoff also co-directs Ninja’s Force with Teddy Chiu, and features most of the Ninja Warriors cast plus Jim Gaines.
SFX Retaliator (1987) A latter-day Kinavesa film trotting out Chris (son of Robert) Mitchum for an umpteenth run through the Philippine jungle. “John Gale”/Jun Gallardo directs also-rans Gordon Mitchell, Linda Blair, and Kinavesa stock players Nick Nicholson, David Light and Jim Moss.
Double Target (1987) & Strike Commando 2 (1988) Italian B-specialist Bruno Mattei spent two years running around the Philippine jungles as “Vincent Dawn” making a clearly unhinged series of primo direct-to-video shockers. Double Target stars Miles O’Keefe as a
Demon Of Paradise (1987) Roger Corman’s Man in
The Sisterhood (1988) & Silk 2 (1989) Allah only knows what Egyptian audiences made out of Cirio’s two faux-feminist exploitation hits. The Sisterhood treads familiar Mad Maxine territory, while Silk 2 sees precocious Playboy model Monique Gabrielle (Emmanuelle 5) take the lead in an unrelated revenge saga to 1986’s Silk. “Hooters with Shooters” indeed.
Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection (1990) One of the dying breaths of both the co-production craze and the Italian film industry, Fred Williamson returns to the