region 2. Another World.
film collections are a bit of a hard sell on DVD, but this sextet
of Danish movies might just work, given that they all share a
common theme. Entries in a Danish film festival with the theme
of post-apocalypse, each has its own take on a future where civilisation
Of course, post apocalypse films are not without their problems
– building on a template that was perfected in Mad
Max 2, they often seemed entirely interchangeable, and
we have to remember that for every Mad Max there
was a Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome… for
every Bronx Warriors, a Stryker.
Too often, post-apocalypse meant little more than New Romantics
after a shopping trip at a fetish store riding motorbikes through
deserted rock quarries.
And that’s almost exactly what you get with The
Last Warrior, the 20 minute film that opens this collection
up, minus the bikes. In a world where men have been wiped out,
a group of sword-wielding, poorly-dubbed Amazons battle amongst
themselves over a sole male survivor. This is played in a very
straight-faced manner, so it’s hard to see if it’s
a knowing pastiche or simply taking itself far too seriously.
It has its moments, but it feels a bit too long.
Eastern Army has a similar length, but manages
to pull it off more effectively. Here, we have survivors of the
apocalypse hiding out from roaming bands of cannibals while waiting
for the arrival of the eastern Army, who will supposedly bring
the return of civilisation. There are no surprises here, but it’s
very well made, and feels very much like a test run for a full
length feature (which apparently is the intention).
After these two longer films, the running times reduce to under
ten minutes for the remaining titles. Connected
is a slick, if insubstantial piece where two masked people, connected
by a breathing tube, meet a third person in the desert –
suffice to say, this meeting doesn’t go well.
I Barbari Del CPH is a self-consciously trashy
effort with men battling it out kung fu style before being attacked
by the Barbarian Girls. With rock ‘n’ roll weapons
and a sense of campness, this might be a good companion piece
to Guitar Wolf’s Wild Zero.
Max Fury is an Escape from New York
pastiche, with it’s eye-patch wearing hero battling mutants
as he tries to save his sister. It’s pretty generic and
The collection finishes with Tutorial – How to Kill
a Racist, where guerrillas battle agents of a right-wing
dictatorship (here represented by a wooden English skinhead) in
a story that never really goes anywhere.
Some of these films where their influences on their sleeves –
not just post apocalyptic films of the 1980s, but also computer
games and splatter movies – while the best (that’ll
be Eastern Army) are more original. As a collection,
it’s inevitably uneven, but the good stuff is certainly
worth seeing, while the more disposable might provide passing
Another World’s DVD comes complete with post-apocalypse
movie trailers to round things off.
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