Tuesday, February 20, 2018

One Step to Hell (1968)

Original title: Caccia ai Violenti

AKA: King of Africa

Director: Giovanni Scolaro

Writers: Jack DeWitt, Sandy Howard, Eduardo Manzanos, Mario Siciliano

Composer: Gianni Marchetti

Starring: Ty Hardin, Pier Angeli, Rossano Brazzi, George Sanders, Helga Line, Dale Cummings, George Rigaud, Julio Pena, Charles Fawcett

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Hide and seek and kill in the jungles of Africa!

Plot: A British colonial policeman in Africa, circa 1900, pursues a band of escaped killers across territory so wild, it lies just "one step to hell."

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This Italian/Spanish co-production action adventure doesn't have much to offer besides a few good looking locations but those were marred by the lousy fullscreen VHS copy I watched.  You can't really appreciate scenery much under those conditions.  George Sanders is in it for a little bit but his few scenes take place in one room and it looks like he might've spent a day or two on the set.  Fans of his won't get anything out of him; he's just there to bring some gravitas to the production.  Now Ty Hardin (who only died a few months ago at age 87) put in a bland performance that brings the picture down.  Also adding to the blandness is the run of the mill, this could've almost been directed by anyone, direction by Scolaro.  I wasn't surprised to see that he only directed one flick (but he was the assistant director on seven others).  Then there's the bland score (and sometimes inappropriate) by Marchetti.  I don't recognize any of his credits (which doesn't mean much of anything).  I can't recommend this for any reason other than George Sanders completists and the president of the Ty Hardin Fan Club.  There sure are a lot of neat movie posters for it, though.

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