Although I watch a ton of action movies, and enjoy the hell out of them, I don’t always know what to say about them. But I watched one the other day that I decided to mention here so that I could also mention where I saw it. Dorado Films, a company that distributes rare Euro films, has their own Roku channel now, and I’m in heaven. Although it does not feature horror movies at this time, the channel has drama, comedy, spaghetti westerns, and crime movies, or poliziotteschi, all with limited commercial interruption.
A Special Cop In Action is actually the third in a series of films about Inspector Betti, played by Maurizio Merli, who was kind of an Italian Dirty Harry. As the film begins with a gang of bank robbers kidnapping a school bus full of children, I thought they would drag out the kidnapping suspense for the entire movie. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the kidnapping plot only lasted for half the movie, and the rest of the time was spent with Betti trying to take down the gang by targeting on the top bad guy, played by none other than John Saxon. There are lots of car chases, shootings, twists, and in the biggest surprise, Betti is portrayed as very human, unlike many action cops.
Happily, the second installment in the same series, Violent Naples, is also on the Dorado channel, and it was directed by one of my favorite horror directors, Umberto Lenzi. I have not seen any of Lenzi’s poliziotteschi, but I have read that this is the genre he works best in, so I look forward to seeing Violent Naples and finding out more about the back story of Inspector Betti.
Of course, I probably won’t get to that movie for a while, because tomorrow is October 1 which means, in horror blog land, that tomorrow starts our month of Halloween! This year I am going to cover only horror films of the 1980s, including tomorrow night’s TV movie, the 1980 version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Jeff Goldblum. I’ve got a great list of 80s horror movies lined up for the month, so be sure to check back regularly to see what I dig up!