Friday, February 23, 2018

Fight for Your Life (1977)

Gotta give it up for this notoriously un-PC gem straight out of the good old days of true-blue 'exploitation' cinema.

A trio of convicts escape from their paddy wagon and car-jack their way to Upstate New York where they rob a liquor store and wind up holding a black family captive in their home. Things get heated between the apparent leader of the band of criminals - a prodigiously racist slack-jaw - and the father - a painfully passive minister as the family look for any conceivable ways to protect themselves from their unwanted guests.

Though not quite as down-n-dirty as some other films of its ilk, like "I Spit on Your Grave" and "House on the Edge of the Park" - there's certainly a lot of fun to be had with "Fight for Your Life". Of course, the racially-charged violence/indignity is a big 'theme' in the film - doled out by the main creep whose character is honestly as hilarious as he is hateable at times. Those who are irrevocably sensitive to racist language may disagree and that's fine. You also got a dash of kid killing, fairly harsh killings and some off-screen rape that sparks a violent showdown in the flick's climax that is nothing short of satisfying. In all, this one is very entertaining. There's a healthy dose of tension, nasty violence, adequately unpleasant antagonists and a nice revenge angle to bring everything together. "Fight for Your Life" may not be the greatest 'exploitation' joint out there, but there's enough fun, offensive shit here to sink your teeth into.

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