Troma's War

Dir: Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman
Star: Carolyn Beauchamp, Sean Bowen, Rick Washburn, Patrick Weathers

[2] A plane of tourists crashes on a Caribbean island to discover a group of terrorists are preparing to conquer the US. Naturally, the tourists can't let that happen and take on the bad guys. "Makes Rambo look like Lassie Come Home", said Variety. There certainly is a lot of blood here, 99% of it in the form of squibs going off after people get hit by bullets. There's not a great deal else - gun battles occupy at least half the picture so if you liked Commando, this might well suit. There are some moments of BAD taste; a tongue pulling, a girl being raped by an AIDS sufferer and a Siamese twin getting, er, de-Siamed - how much of all this will survive on the video is a moot point. The characters (including another blind bimbo!) are total stereotypes and the whole thing has an aura of heavy parody, which is generally unsuccessful since no-one of any intelligence took Rambo seriously to start with. Acceptable rather than brilliant.

War, huh? What is it good for...
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