HELL HUNTERS, made by Austrian film producer and director Ernst R. von Theumer (shown below), is now available on DVD in what is advertised as High Definition but instead looks like a so-so transfer from an old VHS videotape. Where do movies like this come from -- and why? This is the question bound to be on the minds of viewers who take a chance on the film.
Film Chest Media Group, which, over the past few years has given us some very odd choices -- ranging from the Hedy Lamarr movie, The Strange Woman, to the hilarious sci-fi-horror, The Killer Shrews. Hell Hunters is perhaps the strangest in the bunch, written as it seems to have been by a trio (including von Theumer) whose combined talent might equal that of a gifted eight-year-old.
Unfortunately, the screenplay is not so godawful that it's fun. That might be reason enough to watch. Instead, it's just sub-standard in every way -- from the weak and tired plot (Nazi-hunting in South America) to the dialog (He: "Don't be stupid!" She: "I don't like being called stupid!" And that's one of the saucier exchanges.)
The African Queen, it ain't). In the cast are headlined Stewart Granger (above, and who was usually fun to see, back in the day) and ex-Bond girl Maud Adams (below, right).
Rômulo Arantes (below), a very hot little number who gives us some nice full frontal in the course of the film,
Candice Daly, who plays Ms Adams daughter out for vengeance -- but in a manner too ditsy to be believed. The two characters who prove the most fun are played by Russ McCubbin (below, left) as a big, brawny guy named Kong, and Nelia J. Cozza, as the Nazi hunter who first fights then falls for the guy.
Film Chest Media Group -- for purchase and perhaps (if you can find an outlet that stocks it) for rental, too.