Monday, May 15, 2017

Parole Violators (1994)

How bad is it? One of the worst 1980s action films (made in 1990s) ever made.
Should you see it? Yes. It had been hard to find, but is now readily available on DVD.

Directed and written by Patrick G. Donahue of "Kill Squad," this stars his son, Sean P. Donahue (Patrick did give himself a cameo). A former cop has a TV show where they videotape parole violators; in his spare time, he's a ski masked vigilante that catches bad guys and ties them up with videotape. His girlfriend's daughter is kidnapped by a pedophile, which leads to: fight in moving van, crotch kick, jump through moon roof, crash, escape, attempted rape, a board to a stomach, a get-away... and yes, it happens at about that speed. As the hero fights a group of baddies, the villain pokes holes in a raft floating in a pool, on which the girl is on a milk crate (no, this makes no sense) and she ends up in a coma. Then come the skinheads, another kidnapping, eye gouging, car chases, the longest fall down a mountain on film, car explosions, a motorcycle off a cliff, several jumps through windows (one guy spits glass shards), well actually it's just amateur stuntmen in fights and chases. There's a hilarious seduction involving bra strap and camel toe by the worst actress since Connie Mason in "Blood Feast." There's awful dialogue - at one point romance shouted over the sound of machinery - and some of the worst line readings imaginable. It's terrible, but it's a fun ride.

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