Friday, March 27, 2009

85) Super Fuzz (1980)

85) Super Fuzz (1980) Dir: Sergio Corbucci Date Released: October 1981 Date Seen: March 27th, 2009 Rating: 1.75/5

Super Fuzz (1980) confirms my suspicion that Italian genre films in the ‘70s and ‘80s could be made by any hack with enough energy to film a feature-length script. Sergio Corbucci is no Bruno Mattei but not for want of trying. Both this and Django (1966), the derivative film that spawned countless others just like it, are creative wastelands that happen to have a few good ideas to recommend them and a lot of dead air between them.

Super Fuzz is slightly better because of its winning camp value. It has about three songs in its soundtrack, one of which is used in almost every scene, Ernest Borgnine complaining a lot in a police uniform and Terrence Hill using his newfound superpowers to walk on water, add a seventh dot to a six-sided die and see through the walls of a casino that’s operating out of the back of a freight truck. I mean, for cripes sake, our protagonist’s one weakness is the color red! For many, this is C-movie mecca but for me, this is just a couple of decent yuks.

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