Film (1985). Altar/Empire. Executive producer Charles Band. Directed by Danny Bilson. Written by Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Art La Fleur, Biff Maynard, Tim Thomerson and Timothy Van Patten. 86 minutes. Colour.
This curious, small, honest film is perhaps as close as the cinema has ever got to the flavour of Pulp sf. Three GIs and a war correspondent are trapped behind German lines in Italy in 1944. In between repeated clashes with Germans they befriend a BEM – female, we later learn – from a crashed Spaceship, whom the Germans wish to interrogate. All is played straight and gung-ho, catching delightfully the tone of 1940s war films. The film ends appropriately with a shot of a (phony) Pulp-magazine cover, Fantastic Fiction. [PN]
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