Monday, 3 July 2017

Cheapo DVD Reviews: Samurai Avenger - The Blind Wolf (2009)



Genre: Grindhouse/Western/Samurai

"A blind man seeks vengeance on the psychopath who took his sight and slaughtered his wife and daughter.  Eight years after the massacre, the man has returned to the desert town as a highly trained swordsman ready to seek justice. But he doesn't know there awaits seven assassins hired by his sworn enemy who want the bounty on his head."

  The Grindhouse phenomenon has lead to some interesting films in recent years and I can truthfully say that this is one of the more unusual things I've seen lately. 

 The best way I can describe Samurai Avenger is this: imagine something that takes elements of Spaghetti Western and the weirder Samurai movies, then sets the result in a parallel world where guns and pickup trucks exist but mobile phones don't, where everybody carries a katana, where go-go dancers co-exist with the Bushido code of old Japan,  where some of the villains are straight out of Ninja Scroll and where you can cut somebody's jugular then they still monologue for ten minutes. 

 As a bonus,  if you are a devotee of the Japanese martial art of sheathing swords you're in for a treat because you're going to see a lot of it.  Twice every fight-scene, in fact. 

 The end result is something that is definitely novel but viewers may either come away thinking that this is the best thing ever or -like me- not be as impressed as I might have been. 

  Copious amounts of blood, sadism and the odd outbreak of boobs do not a great film guarantee. I found myself struggling to get into this movie, which was not helped by the poor acting and the fight scenes being nothing to write home about.  And did we really need the narrator popping up at odd moments to explain obscure martial arts techniques?   

 How much did I pay for this: £2.50.
Was it worth it? Debatable. Novel though it might be, Samurai Avenger failed to deliver.  You may disagree.
  

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Labels

Airboy (2) aircraft (9) album covers (102) Alestorm (2) anime (19) AOR (8) art and stuff (16) Attractive women. (86) B-reaction (1) Big D talks bollocks (12) Big D talks bollocks. (35) Big D talks bollocks. aircraft (2) Black Metal (1) blatant fanservice (132) blatant plug (5) Books (32) British comics (17) Buses (1) Captain America (1) carrier bags (1) cartoons (11) Catgirl Nuku Nuku (1) Change 123 (1) Cheapo DVD Review (63) Children (1) Christmas (2) comics (25) David Gibbins (1) Dejah Thoris (1) dinosaurs (7) dogs (1) Dragonforce (1) DVD artists are lying bastards (12) Elvis impersonators (1) Eric Roberts will work for food (3) eurovision (18) eurovision Metal Contest (3) Fathers Day (1) female cyborgs (1) Film (123) films (48) First Squad (1) gardening (1) German Comics (2) Getting started. (1) Ghosts (1) gig (3) Goolie abuse (4) Grappling Gertie (4) Green Lantern (1) Guest post (2) Hard Gay (1) Harley Quinn (1) Hawkgirl (1) Heavy Metal Artwork Blog (106) Heavy Metal Blog (43) Heavy Metal Cover Girls (80) History (2) Horror (29) Islamic Metal (1) Judge Anderson (1) Lawnmower Deth (1) Lesbian Bed Death (2) List (10) Lords Of The Trident (2) Manga (10) marrow fighting (1) Martial Arts (13) Matthew Reilly (2) men's issues (6) Merlin (1) metal (286) Metal songs about metal (35) Mind Wars (1) models (5) monkeys (2) Monsters Of Rock (1) MRAs (1) museums (3) music (21) Nice cover (1) Nightside (1) NWOBHM (3) Oatcakes (1) Olympics (1) ponies (6) Portsmouth (8) Power Girl (2) puroresu (1) Rain (1) rant (13) Redheads (6) Roswell Conspiracies (2) rules (1) Sci-Fi (36) sexy witches (6) shame about the book. (1) Sharktopus (1) Sigismund (1) silliness (1) Southsea (9) spiders (1) Spitfires (4) Sport is bollocks (1) Starblazer (1) Stockings (1) Story (8) Strike Witches (1) Strip magazine (1) Stuff with armoured cars (1) Stuff with axemurdering lumberjacks (1) Stuff with big flying lizards (5) Stuff with Black Metal Catgirls (1) Stuff with blokes in kilts. (2) stuff with cute banshees. (2) Stuff with enormous birds (1) Stuff with Giant Crabs. (2) Stuff with Girls In Eyepatches (2) Stuff with Gladiators (7) stuff with kickboxing teachers. (1) Stuff with killer cricketers (1) Stuff with Killer Rabbits (1) Stuff with mermaids (1) Stuff with Nazi Vampires (2) Stuff with Ninjas (2) Stuff with Robot Maids (1) Stuff with Roller Derby (1) stuff with rollerskating Muses (1) Stuff with soulsucking mummies. (2) Stuff with strippers (3) Stuff with talking statues (2) Stuff with Vikings (3) Stuff with violent clowns (1) Stuff With Walking Fish (1) Stuff with werewolves (4) Stuff with Wolves (1) stuffed animals (1) Stupid films about sharks (8) tanks (1) Taya Valkyrie (1) Terrible Metal Album Covers (26) Terry Pratchett. (1) The Hangover pt 2 (1) The Lost Fleet (1) The Metal Project (198) Thundercats (1) Ticket Tales. (1) Top Ten (6) Truffle (1) Ultimate Metal Playlist (4) Valkyrie (2) Vampires (7) voyager (1) War Films (3) Warships (1) weird crushes (4) weird shit (5) White Pigeon (1) women in blindfolds (2) Women with Scythes (1) women with spears (4) women with swords (43) women with wings (7) women's wrestling (41) womens wrestling comics (10) Wrestling (25) Wrestling Books (3) Wrestling Magazines (12) WTF? Japan (8) Yamato (2) you do this shit deliberately don't you? (1) Zombie Films (4)