Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Brute Corps (1971)

Director: Jerry Jameson

Writers: Michael Kars, Abe Polsky

Composer: Jack Walker

Starring: Paul Carr, Joseph Kaufmann, Jennifer Billingsley, Alex Rocco, Michael Pataki, Charles Macaulay, Roy Jenson, Felton Perry, Joseph Bernard, Parker West, Paul Micale, Edith Diaz, Ramiro Jaloma

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Anything They Want--They Take!

Plot: A beautiful hitchhiker and a draft dodger travel to Mexico and encounter a pack of mercenaries awaiting their next mission in Central America. A terribly psychotic mercenary takes a liking to the girl which sets the couple on a brutal and violent course of torture and rape.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Boy, the two thirds is great.  Then the big chase starts and it downgrades to average.  Jack Walker's out of place score doesn't help.  The bleak ending perked me up a little, though.  Alex Rocco's fun ta watch and, as per usual during this period, he plays a bastard.

I was genuinely surprised at how good it was until the Terry (Jennifer Billingsley) is rescued and then it scales back a couple of notches.  That music really hurts it.  I suppose with a better score and some tightening up it would improve but who knows.  It's still a pretty good drive-in flick that would have been fun watching outside on a Saturday night double feature forty years ago.  Don't overlook it.  It's worth a watch.

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