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Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection

I felt like subjecting myself to more Black Cobra, so I watched this last night.

And it is more of the same. Basically what they did was pick out all of the best bits from the first two films then made this one, including setting the film in The Philippines again. It also has plenty of boxes, Freddo seems to like boxes to…

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throw bad guys through…

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do ninja-style jumps from…

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and hide behind for their excellent cover.

Twice in the film we heard this song being played in the background. It must have been a hit song at the time.

There were several scenes in the film like this one which were drawn out and mundane. I guess the actors were tired in the The Philippines heat, so they decided to just walk around and do easy stuff.

To make up for the mundane bits they ended the film with a big explosion…

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All three Black Cobra films are all bad good, it is hard to pick a favourite. There is a Black Cobra 4, but I can’t find it on YouTube. I did find this though, it seems to be a Bollywood clone…

And I have just read that a new film is on the way “The Black Cobra Returns”, due out next year. Here is the plot from IMDB:

“Retired Chicago Detective Robert Malone is asked by the city to come out of retirement and assist on a new case of murders and rapes with the same M.O. as the notorious motorcycle gang he shut down years ago.”.

Freddo is of course going to reprise his role. He is 78 now, but age means nothing to Freddo. I am looking forward to that, it will probably be the blockbuster highlight of 2017.

Date watched: August 11th
Good bad score: 8/10
Film count 2016: 128

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The Black Cobra 2

The first Black Cobra film was bad, just plain bad, and this one was a step up. The first one had some bizarro acting which made it slightly entertaining, but it seems in this one they tried to act a bit, which actually ruined it.

You could tell they were waiting on their spots just as the director yelled “And…action!” because there was a slight delay before they started doing their thing in some shots. Sometimes they would do something like stand there and look up an elevator shaft, or just stare at their wrist watch, then wait for the director to yell “And… cut! Bravo!”. So in a way that was entertaining, but I would have preferred the bizarro acting.

Basically this was about Freddo (playing Bob Malone) getting kicked out of Chicago for a while because he is a loose cannon. He is sent off to Manila to work with Interpol (or Interpool as his Chicago boss called it). There he hooks up with non other than Nicholas Hammond…

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… to bust up some crime ring or something, not sure really as I wasn’t paying attention to the story bits.

Some of the actions scenes were a bit funny, especially the diving into a stack of empty cardboard boxes to avoid gun-fire trick, or the tuck-and-roll-then-shoot move.

There was one surprising thing though. Freddo’s mission was to save a girl that he had wooed earlier on in the film, she had been kidnapped by a bunch of thugs. They took her into a warehouse while a gun battle ensued outside between the thugs and Freddo and Spidey. After they dispensed of them one by one, Freddo went inside to find her dead inside a crate, shot in the forehead. Freddo was cut up about that.

There was copious amounts of 80’s film music in this, and for added effect they used plenty of cowbell. As the story got more intense the synthesizers made way for heavy metal guitar riffs. Here is a scene that combines cowbell, metal riffs, and unloading an entire pistol chamber ruthlessly on the criminal that deserved it.

Here is the obligatory locking and loading scene.

Why did they dub over this kid? Continue watching that scene for the double goodbye wave.

And of course the film had to end with a joke, and here it is.

Avoid at all costs. I will be watching the third and fourth film in the series however, I might as well finish the whole series, perhaps it gets even worse.

Date watched: July 23rd
Score: 1/10 (for cowbell, heavy metal riff, as well as the cardboard box stunts)
Film count 2016: 120

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Black Cobra

A while ago I was watching Joshua which had Fred Williamson, so I thought I would try another Freddo film.

This one was bad, just plain bad. The acting, directing, editing, all of it, was bargain basement film-making.

Some of the acting was quite baffling, and so, entertaining. Here is my fave part which was right at the end. Freddo is saying his goodbyes after a successful mission to kill all bad guys, violently, with plans to travel far away and relax. He goes to get in the car, pauses as if he has something to say or do, turns around and looks at the photographer lady and I was expecting him to say something like “Hey babe, how about we go on a trip together and get our thang on! Dig it?!”. But, he just puts on a weird face, them smiles for the camera. Great stuff!

But, the rest is crap. There is a sequel called Black Cobra 2, so I will check that out.

This is actually an Italian Blaxploitation film, and the plot is identical to the crap Stallone film Cobra. Ha!

Date watched: May 17th to 19th (took me three sessions)
Score: 2/10 (for the bizarro acting)
Film count 2016: 81

Joshua: The Black Rider

My seventies-athon continues with this 1976 film. Spoiler alert for this one as I presume most people will not be interested in watching this film.

It is about an African-American soldier returned from the civil war who finds that his mother was killed by a bunch of bandits, and had also kidnapped a beautiful woman. He sets off to get revenge, which he does by picking them off one by one in various fashions. The first bandit was killed by dropping a rattlesnake onto, the second guy he speared to death, the third he hung, and the fourth was shot.

The finale with the final bandit was quite bizarre. The bandit and the woman, who by this time had Stockholm Syndrome and was in love with the head bandit, knew they were being tracked by Joshua. They holed up in a cave, so Joshua tied three sticks of dynamite together and from above the cave lowered the dynamite down by a rope so that it was hanging in front of the entrance. A shoot-out ensued with the bandit quite terrified and just firing his pistol in Joshua’s general direction and yelling, “WHO ARE YOU, WHO ARE YOU?”, but getting no reply. The woman was also freaking out and yelled “I don’t want to live!”. Joshua then calmly lies down with his rifle, aims at the dynamite, and shoots causing a big explosion which would have blown them to bits. He then gets up and says “I am my mother’s son”.

So it was nothing original, but the performance by Fred Williamson (you will recognise him when you see him) was good, and it was probably filmed quite well, but the quality of this film on YouTube was quite bad. I did found a better version on Dailymotion (click here if you are interested in watching this) though.

I can’t find a trailer for this, but here is one for Black Cobra, starring Freddo, and it looks hilariously bad so I have added it to watch later.

Date watched: April 28th
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2016: 72