RAW FORCE
1982, Vinegar Syndrome, 86 min, USA, Dir: Edward D. Murphy

When members of the Burbank Kung Fu club go on a jaunt to a mysterious tropical island, they enter what can only be described as an outrageous episode of “Gilligan's Island” concocted on psychedelic drugs. Now Burbank's finest must push their skills to the limit against a horde of zombified martial arts masters, gun-toting white slave traders and a strange cult of monks. RAW FORCE is an action-packed exploitation film tour de force slathered in madness and gore.


CAROUSEL
1956, 20th Century Fox, 128 min, USA, Dir: Henry King

Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Nora’s parents) adapted this unusually dark musical about a carousel barker and a mill worker whose love falls victim to jealous outsiders and hard times in 19th-century New England. OKLAHOMA! castmates Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are superb singing and dancing to some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most distinctive songs, including “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Soliloquy” and “If I Loved You.” With Cameron Mitchell as the ne’er-do-well Jigger Craigin.


RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND
1966, 83 min, USA, Dir: Monte Hellman

In Monte Hellman’s flipside (originally released as a co-feature) to THE SHOOTING, cowhands Jack Nicholson (who also scripted) and Cameron Mitchell find themselves mistaken for bandits and hunted to extinction. Nicholson plays it totally straight here - his naturalistic dialogue was based on Old West diaries. With Rupert Crosse and Harry Dean Stanton and cinematography by Nestor Almendros.


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