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In that gaping, decades-long chasm between The Man from UNCLE and his return to prime time in NCIS, there must have been days and weeks when poor David McCallum felt, well, how can we say it, downright invisible. So there's no denying he was ideal casting for this short-lived NBC show from 1975 which updated H.G. Wells' story to the era of flares and turtle-necks.
Meet the last generation of the Merrye family. There are the three children – Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), who has a basilisk stare; Ralph (Sid Haig), who barks like a dog and rides around in a dumbwaiter; and Virginia (Jill Banner), who thinks she's a spider and who, early on in the film, captures and kills a postman, then keeps his ear in a marquetry box. Then there's the older generation, Uncle Ned, Aunt Martha and Aunt Clara, who live down in the basement and only come out of the shadows to feed.
Sergio Corbucci's Django (1966) spawned any number of unofficial sequels, but you can count the decent ones on the fingers of one crushed and bloodied hand. Ferdinando Baldi's Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) is one of these.
If you have as little care for the quality of the films you watch as the makers of Kill 'em All seem to have for human life, attention spans and their own movie, you might just enjoy this 'film'. Anyone else unfortunate enough to see it should pray they can imagine it as a spoof.
“Vigilante justice?” queries Foxy Brown's boyfriend Michael (Terry Carter) at one point. “It's as American as apple piece,” she replies. And we see the proof of the pudding when Michael – who happens to be an undercover vice cop – is fingered by Foxy's brother Link (Antonio Fargas) to a crime cartel and promptly murdered. A quick change of wigs, and Foxy is infiltrating the organization as a would-be call girl, name of Misty Cotton, and throwing a spanner in its works by sexually humiliating a judge whom it had hoped to co-opt. And that's only the beginning of her vengeance. Right on, sista!