Sorry for the delay in posting…lots of doings here at the Tomb. Well, I had posted images for this one about a week back and now I’ll try and fill in the blanks.
Every so often a film comes from nowhere (or better yet, Craig Ledbetters ETC catalog) and hits you right in the nose. The very definition of this would be my blind grab of the film THE SEWER RATS. Ugly and compelling at the same time, this film is a trash hunters delight! Directed by Roberto Montero-a director I’m really unfamiliar with-I was riveted by a simple spin on the Spaghetti Western / Yojimbo story that has a style that can only be described as dripping with sleaze and dread at every plot twist.
But of course things are not what they seem. The town he finds looks like it was a completely abandoned set for the cheapest Spaghetti Western ever filmed. After 100 years. After The Bomb. Drenched In Mud. Totally amazing. Amidst this filth there are crazy men and criminals of course-including familiar faces like Ivano Staccioli and Luciano Rossi. And yes…even big Gordon Mitchell has come to stomp all over these guys. There is a plot about gold mining, a lot of intrigue as to who exactly will gain what from this situation… but that isn’t the payoff. Where there are ugly violent men there must be a woman. Dagmar Lassander is a great woman.
Only trouble is, she wobbles between being vulnerable, a psychotic whore, a gold digger and a woman scorned. And if she dares mouth off to her man he’ll smack her silly. So, everyone starts knocking everyone around. Why? Because they are all nuts and in a strange and surreal version of a dead end town. But there may be more, because the film opens with a body being buried. I left that detail out because I practically forgot about it during the film!