|HELL RAIDERS (TV) (director: Larry Buchanan; screenwriter: Lou Rusoff; cinematographer: Robert C. Jessup; editor: James Ferguson; cast: John Agar (Maj. Ronald Paxton), Richard Webb (Capt. Brad Stevens), Joan Huntington (Laura Grant ), Billy Thurman (Tex), Gary McClain (The Colonel), Tom Paxton (Capt. John Burton), Ron Scott (Pvt. Buddy Campisi ), Jeff Alexander (German Captain); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Larry Buchanan; Azalea Pictures (AIP); 1968)|
and Richard Webb are too long in the tooth
to be playing action hero American Army
by Dennis Schwartz
documentaries for evangelist Oral Roberts in the
early 1950s, Larry Buchanan ("The
Naked Witch"/"Mars Needs Women "/"It's Alive") got
started in Hollywood by learning from George Cukor (I
don't think he learned much, if you use this film as a
guide). This dreadful war drama was made by AIP and
released as a TV movie.
World War II, an American headquarters in
Italy (Texas subs for Italy) is evacuated when the
Germans are about to break through the front lines.
A desperate American demolition squad (just like in
last year's The Dirty Dozen) must destroy Allied
records they stupidly left behind before the
Agar and Richard Webb are too long in the tooth
to be playing action hero American Army officers. The
script by Lou Rusoff seems like a war casualty. It's a
classical bad movie worth seeing for the right viewer
when it shows on late-night cable (the only place to
see it), as it's so bad it must be seen to be believed
and the unintentional laughs keep coming throughout
even if you're not stoned.
Huntington fits in with the other bad performances.
She plays a middle-aged journalist on a war
zone assignment, who has a ridiculous over-the-top
affair with Agar. As I said, you gotta see it to
REVIEWED ON 2/28/2015 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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