DEATH WISH 3
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 92 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Michael Winner

Charles Bronson reprises his role as Paul Kersey for a third time in one of the most over-the-top and gratuitously violent films ever committed to celluloid. Returning to New York (actually England pretending to be New York), Kersey discovers things are even worse than before when a crooked police chief (Ed Lauter) forcibly recruits the architect-vigilante to clean up the streets. With a 50-plus body count, non-stop action and Bronson's deadpan delivery, director Michael Winner pushed DEATH WISH 3 to absurd and excessive extremes; it remains one of the crown jewels of Golan and Globus’ Cannon Group empire.


10 TO MIDNIGHT
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 101 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

“Forget what's legal and do what's right.” A Golan and Globus production that doesn't skimp on nudity or violence, this riveting police thriller showcases Charles Bronson at his vigilante best. He stars as Leo Kessler, a tough L.A. cop whose daughter is stalked by a cunning sex-killer (Gene Davis); the first-rate cast includes Wilford Brimley and Geoffrey Lewis.


THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 89 min, USA, Dir: Tobe Hooper

Director Tobe Hooper trades gritty reality and unease for satire and stylized visuals in this very different but no less assured sequel to his original masterpiece. Dennis Hopper plays a Texas lawman on the trail of Leatherface and his clan, who have found a way to profit from their homicidal tendencies: the creation of prize-winning chili made from their victims.


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