original Italian title: CALDERONE DELLA MORTE [Cauldron of Death]
also known as DER CLAN DER KILLER [German] (Killer Syndicate)
and RICO and MEAN MACHINE and ACID MASSACRE
GUY WITH A STRANGE FACE IS LOOKING FOR YOU TO KILL YOU
starring: Chris Mitchum
Arthur Kennedy · Melisa Longo · Edward Fajardo
the most brutal, the most violent and [yes] the most sleazy of all the
European crime thrillers. Over the years it's been released under a
variety of titles, seemingly in an effort to avoid censorship [a noble
but failed attempt]. The movie has been edited and outright banned throughout
the world marketplace. Besides the notorious excessive elements of the
motion picture, DeMicheli's crime film works against the standard format
of this genre. For example, there is no police involvement but rather
an escalating conflict among the gangsters, hoods and delinquents, often
with their dames stuck in the middle. The emphasis here is balls-to-the-wall
exploitation with an emphasis on gratuitous ultra violence and sex.
Ricco (Chris Mitchum) is released from a two year prison stint, he learns
that his father has been murdered by crime boss Don Vito (Arthur Kennedy).
As if that weren't bad enough, he also learns that the Don has stolen
his girlfriend Rosa (Malisa Longo). Obviously, Rico can't allow these
insults to pass without retaliation. He goes into the underworld - plowing
through a number of thugs - before learning of Don Vito's whereabouts.
Enroute, meets and beds gangster moll Scilla (Barbara Bouchet). They
concoct a plan to steal a bag of money from the Big Boss which leads
to an all out war. The Don dumps everyone who betrays him into an acid
pit in the basement of his mansion.
born Barbara Goutscher in Germany (early '1940s) and fled the country
with her parents to San Francisco in the United States. In 1959, she
won the 'Gidget' beauty contest sponsored by a California TV station.
She began a career of modeling and advertising, naturally drifting into
motion picture. After numerous unsatisfying 'bimbo' roles she moved
to Italy in 1971 where she landed the starring role in Alberto De Martino's
WITH THE ICY EYES. She soon became one of Europe's top stars
and is probably best known for Fernando Di Leo's MILANO
CALIBER 9, Andrea Bianchi's CRY
OF A PROSTITUTE and Sergio Bergonzelli's DIAMOND
CONNECTION. She started her own production company in 1985 and
launched her own line of fitness books and videos. She also opened her
own health club in Rome. Today, Barbara still takes the occasional acting
role and stars in the Italian TV series Ho Sposato Uno Sbirro
(Married To A Cop).
Tulio DeMicheli is best known for the wacky SciFi Monster Mayhem thriller
TERROR (written by and starring Paul Naschy). Mr DeMicheli died
from heart failure at age 77 in May 1992. The star of this film is Chris
Mitchum, son of Hollywood icon Robert Mitchum. After a series of unrewarding
co-starring roles with John Wayne, Christopher left the United States
for Italy. There, he worked constantly for two decades, delivery some
classic genre films (COMMANDO
MENGELE, plus Jess Franco's
PREDATORS OF THE NIGHT (Faceless) and Alejandro Jodorowsky's
Chris has since returned to Hollywood where he is still working today
in his late '70s.
film in English Language; widescreen format, uncut (91 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT;
extras include original theatrical trailer
Graphic Violence/Gore/Sexual Brutality/Drugs:
Recommended for Mature Audiences Only