9/12/2011

Kill Squad (1982)

Kill Squad (1982)-* * * *

Directed by: Patrick G. Donahue

Starring: Jeff Risk, Jean Glaude, Gary Fung, Marc Sabin, Jerry Johnson, Francisco Ramirez, Bill Cambra, and Cameron Mitchell












When ne’er do-wells from a rival electronics company (!) rape his wife and put him in a wheelchair, Joseph Lawrence (presumably not the guy who says “Whoa!” from the show Blossom), (Risk), assembles a multi-racial “Kill Squad” to find the culprits and get revenge. He calls on his old Vietnam buddies Larry (Glaude), Tommy (Fung), Arthur (Sabin), K.C. (Johnson), Pete (Francisco Ramirez of Omega Cop, 1990 fame), and Alan (Bill Cambra). Each bring their own special skills and talents to the table. It turns out they’re on the hunt for the notorious Dutch (Mitchell). As if this mission wasn’t dangerous enough, a mysterious assassin seems to turn up everywhere they go and is attempting to pick them off one by one. Will this particular “Kill Squad” be effective?

This very enjoyable gem contains plenty of funny and memorable nuggets that will surely satisfy anyone who loves the “cheap and cheerful” drive-in action/martial arts style. Sure, the punches and kicks don’t technically connect, and the non-actors are...well...not actors, but who cares? The clothes, the music, the decor, and the overall style is very fun and you really get into the spirit. The great thing about movies in general is how they preserve on film the styles of the time, and there is even a scene which shows a movie poster for a long-forgotten adult film called Passion Procession. If not for Kill Squad, we wouldn’t be bringing that movie - or at least its title - up here today.


One of the best sequences of the film is when the squad is being assembled. With a simple “Joseph needs you”, every guy simply drops whatever they’re doing in their life and without any questions or comments, agrees to go along for the ride. This despite knowing all the (Jeff) Risks. The movie gets better as it goes along, and one of the best things about Kill Squad is not only the constant fights, but that EVERYBODY fights! Random people at parties, armies of used car salesmen, everybody! Somehow, in the wacky world of Kill Squad, every single person on earth knows Martial Arts and is more than willing to use it. And everything inbetween the fights serves the fight - no matter how absurd. That’s one of the glorious things about this movie - it’s willing to do anything, including breaking the rules, to satisfy the audience. God bless them.


As stated earlier, the music, which is by Joseph Conlan, stands out, as does the violence. Everything is cranked up here, and the effect is winning. Fan favorite Cam Mitchell appears as the bad guy, and it would have been nice if he had more screen time. That’s really the only mild issue we could find with this great movie. It would make an excellent double feature with Death Machines (1976).

Assemble the squad and watch this movie tonight!

Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett

15 comments:

Explosive Action said...

Oh sweet! I have this VHS and have not gotten around to it yet. A 4 star review from Ty? That's pretty convincing!!

Ty said...

Thanks! It is a blast! Looking forward to your take on it.

Lee Nicholson said...

This looks amazing! Nice review

Ty said...

Thanks, Lee! Hope you will get to see it soon!

Ricky said...

I would love to see this again. I can just about remember it from back in the day.

Ty said...

It's no surprise that a great movie like Kill Squad gives people fond memories.

thevideovacuum said...

I've been wanting to see this ever since I read Joe Bob's review back in the day. Cameron Mitchell is one of my all-time favorites. Ever see him in The Toolbox Murders? Amazing.

robotGEEK said...

great review man! this one sounds like a blast! gotsta check it out!

Ty said...

Video Vacuum: Cameron Mitchell was a legend. Looking forward to your opinion.

RobotGEEK: It is a really cool flick! I know you will love it!

Dr. Blacksteed said...

Four stars! Right on. Can't wait to find this one.

Ty said...

Looking forward to your take on it, Dr. Blacksteed! It is non-stop action fun!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

This sounds fantastic. I'll have to keep my eye out for it. I am disappointed that Mitchell doesn't have more screentime, but otherwise this looks like a good deal.

Ty said...

It is a little pricey on Amazon, but if you can find it in any of the places you frequent for VHS, grab it! All movies can use more Cam.

candy Bowden said...

You can get it at j4hi dot com...Great review,fun movie...

Ty said...

Thanks! Agreed, this movie is a blast.