aka La Belva Col Mitra (Original Title), Mad Dog, Beast With A Gun, Ferocious, Ferocious Beast With A Gun, etc.
95 min., 1977
Written by Sergio Grieco
Directed by Sergio Grieco
My rating: ★
Okay movie, but not a horror movie.
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The movie begins with Nanni (Helmut Berger) and three of his friends escaping from prison with a guard as a hostage. A driver pulls up, they get in and drive off. Two cops, including Giulio Santini (Richard Harrison), appear soon after and begin a chase. During the chase they throw the guard out of the car and the get away driver is shot and killed. Santini’s car is “shot” off the road and blows up. The escapees get away and go to find the guy that testified to get Nanni put away. While they are beating him up, Nanni rapes his wife, Giuliana (Marisa Mell), then they kill him. Nanni falls for Giuliana but the feelings aren’t the same and she helps to set him up, but it doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Before I go any further I have to say that this is not a horror movie even though it was, at points, promoted as one. This is a cops ‘n’ robbers movie with a bit more violence and nudity than the average from the time.
Second, I know the official title of the movie Ferocious: Beast With A Gun, but we have listed it as Mad Dog Killer because that is how the DVD release has is titled.
The acting is very hammy and way too over the top, but acceptable considering when it was released. But man is it hard to take any of it seriously with everyone looking like they’re about to take a dump when they are trying to act serious. Along with the acting is the script with is pretty much cliché after cliché sprinkled with really bad social commentary.
There are very few effects in the movie, but this is the type of movie where a car gets shot once or twice and it goes BOOM! Logical? No. But it’s always fun to see cars blow up and the pieces go flying. So people get shot and you can tell that they’re just squibs (almost painfully so), but it’s what was normal at the time so it’s acceptable. So as far as the effects go, they are just standard for their time and don’t really age quite so well.
One of the best things about the movie is the soundtrack. It’s just awesome. Yes, I know it’s cheesy and very dated, but I just love it. Just classic ’70s crime music, sweet.
Overall the movie is a pretty good “classic” cops ‘n’ robbers movie. It has its flaws, but most older movies do, so you just have to accept it for what it is. If you are looking for anything that is remotely horror, then you are looking at the wrong movie. I give it a rating of skull, but only because it’s not horror, but as a cops n robbers movie, I’d actually give it probably 2 stars. It’s fun for what it is, but that’s about it.
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