Monday, August 24, 2009

Killer Elephants (1976)

Important notice! I've actually bought the rights to this movie and it's now available on DVD! Buy it from Diabolik DVD for example and then visit my company's Facebook page!

Okey, I'm not really sure about the plot. Thai-action-beefcake Sombat Metanee plays a bandit that I thought where the nice hero until he beats up his pregnant wife in ultra-slowmotion. So he just turned out to be the anti-hero, because there's another guy to: his best friend, now a cop and as Sombat dubbed by someone that sounds EXACTLY like Dr. Lucien Sanchez in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. The friend must arrest him, but of course another baddie steps in and kidnaps Sombat's wife... Sombat has nothing else to do than order his army of Killer Elephants (controlled by men) to take back the wife and kill the really really bad guys!

First I was slightly disappointed because this wasn't a revenge-of-the-nature-movie. No elephant-stampedes among innocent people, no underwater-attacks close to beaches and so on. Just guys steering the elephants to crush houses (well, .... huts...), turning cars up-side-down and helping the heroes to get revenge on the bad guys. It started of well with a cheap but fan car-chase with at least one cool stunt, and then it's at least one fight/chase every ten minutes until the final where the elephant-army attack the jungle-village where the wife are. Nice stunts, some looks dangerous: a guy getting trapped in a jeep that's crushed for example. He seems to look at the camera when i finally get's out just to say "What the fuck are you doing? That was SO close, motherfuckers!". But he didn't Good actors stay in character.

Both Sombat, who is one major stud - at least for the thai-women during this time, and the other guy get's to show their skills with a lot of fistfighting and they're very macho and never leaves a poor bad guy alone. The main baddie himself has a mustasch, of course, because that's the cinematic rules. So lot's of cheap action and less boring than I thought it would be.

Ah, yes. Before I forget. The best scene, and I've never seen anything like it, is when one of the henchmen get's knocked out by hitting his head in an elephant-penis! AND of course I'll give you photographic evidence!

Art. Great art.


Patrick B said...

Haha. Beyond awesome, Fred!

Thank you.

Ninja Dixon said...

My pleasure! :)

ricardo said...

I just found a betamax tape of this i bought 20 years ago and forgot I had. Just watched it - great stuff. They don't dub into English like that anymore!

Jack J said...

Ricardo, where was your tape released?