Thunder is back in town and he’s come to claim his wife but before he can do anything he’s got to stop the desecration of his tribe’s cemetery, fight off a roughneck construction crew, wage guerrilla warfare against the local police department and pretty much level half a town.
The white man isn’t dealing with just any redskin, Thunder was bred to be a warrior and the only way to diffuse this ticking time bomb is for construction to stop in the cemetery and for the police to call in Trautman before Rambo does any more damage. Wait…which film was this again?
Thunder Warrior may be just another Italian Rambo rip-off but that doesn’t mean it has nothing going for it! I was surprised to discover that this film was a fairly original production and outside of the whole “deadly loner versus THE MAN” Rambo similarity, Thunder Warrior was quite entertaining! For being a low budget action film and Fabrizio De Angelis’s first film (co-written by Dardano Sacchetti!), I’d have to say this was way more fun than it probably should have been.
The Arizona locations were positively beautiful and the hand-to-hand combat, ‘splosions and gun battles were all executed effectively but the real draw here is the mincing, puffy-haired, expressionless mannequin known as…MARK GREGORY! The legendary cult icon plays Thunder and you just can’t hate on the guy, he had exactly what it took to be a minor (read: low budget) action hero, even if he did need a body double and stunt man for anything remotely requiring masculinity. I don’t want to knock the guy’s hustle, he was probably considered quite the catch by directors and producers but his image hasn’t aged well; he looks like a cross between an underwear model and a KISS fan without makeup. He still hands dude’s their asses though and that’s all that counts, right?
The acting in this film was…well…it was bad. Now I’m not new to bad acting so it didn’t put me off at all but the only really competent actor in this production was Bo Svenson. Not that anybody will really notice anyhow, the dubbing was atrocious! HA! You gotta love it!
I won’t lie, Thunder Warrior is trash but this is my kind of Italian action trash. No doubt about it, Rambo is a better film but Italy did occasionally pump out some wonderful exploitation films. This was not one of them. I just wanted you to think it was. But no…it’s really not. I enjoyed it though. I wish somebody would release this on DVD. Hell, they need to release all three Thunder films on DVD, maybe a box set? Somebody? Anybody?