Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Killing Car - 1993

Although the original French name is "The Dangerous Woman" this movie is nonetheless known as Killing Car.  It's got a tiny bit of knowledge surrounding it, mostly because director Jean Rollin is known for films such as The Nude Vampire, Two Orphan Vampires, The Living Dead Girl, and some pornography.  Oh yeah, now we're in the Joe D'Amato territory, porn directors that directed some real movies too.

Perhaps it's not too strange that another of my grindhouse boxsets features another film by Rollin, Schoolgirl Hitchhikers, which is a soft core lesbian/action/drama/boring film.  These directors just can't seem to stay off these cheapo DVD boxsets.  That's quite something when your movies are exclusively available on cheapy grindhouse boxsets.

Killing Car has a plot best kept to one sentence:  an Asian woman drives around, shooting people.  Yep.  That's the plot.  Nope, it's not really explained, and yep, it's bad as fuck.

I just want to go on record here and say that I do not agree with the term "exploitation".  I guess when in reference to movies it means "the action of making use of and benefiting from resources" that is so broad that isn't everything "exploitation"?  If you film in Los Angeles aren't you "exploiting" the fact that it's a city that has a lot of resources for filming?  I just think there needs to be another term invented for a movie like this.

This movie falls under that extremely broad term, unfortunately, and I think it's mainly just because it has nothing else it falls under.  But this movie is definitely not exploitation.  It is just some boring French thriller/suspense film about an Asian girl shooting people.  She goes from spot to spot, finds people, kills them, leaves a toy car on the corpse, and drives off.

In the plot we sort of learn that she may have been involved in an accident with a car the same make and model as the one she drives in the movie.  We don't know really what happened, but we can kind of guess it was bad.  But she kills like 20 people in the film, how were they all involved in what happened?

The movie features a little bit of nudity, a tiny bit of blood, no special effects, boring gun fights, sloppy editing, no music or sounds worth mentioning, and zero production value.  It looks like the kind of thing I used to film with my friends in high school, just wander out into an empty parking lot with some fake guns and film an "action" movie.  Somehow, it got picked up and is now available on Netflix, and somehow, people find it and watch it.

The only true spectrum it falls under is that even more broad "experimental cinema".  But at 1993, it was far too late in the game to be making a movie this amateur.  Thus, I have to give it the big zero.  Zero stars, no value, time wasted.

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