Friday, January 23, 2009
Strike of the Tortured Angels 
A title like "Strike of the Tortured Angels" sets up certain expectations in this viewer's mind--expectations that, technically, are met in this film. It's true that this film does involve some pretty girls, and there is revenge in the storyline. However, this movie takes a lot of wrong turns on Backstory Lane and, much like a nervous student driver terrified to push the speedometer over twenty miles per hour, never makes it onto Entertainment Highway. That's not to say this was a waste of my time--far from it! This film answered a question I never dared to ask myself: Just how long can the utter wrongness of watching an Asian woman in blackface stay entertaining? The answer to this question is "twenty-five minutes." Problem is, "Strike of the Tortured Angels" runs for an hour and twenty-three minutes.
"Strike of the Tortured Angels" and check out the Flickr gallery of stills for the briefer visual experience instead. Better yet--just watch "Raw Force" or "Three Tough Guys" from the Grindhouse Experience box set from whence this one came instead. Gotta give points to those Grindhouse folks for releasing such a flagrant dupe directly from a Danish VHS--makes me feel just like the olden days of video swaps.
*In all fairness, I'd adopt a pseudonym if I was involved in this movie, too.
**This is my favorite Bee Gees song. Yes, I have a favorite Bee Gees song.