Tough to Kill Volume 1 – an essential guide to Italian Action Cinema (2008)

All the recent Italian exploitation film trailers I have been putting up recently have been kind of leading up to this (though I intend to post some more of those beauties soon enough). ‘Tough to Kill’ Volume 1 is a rip snorting adventure through all those Italian action film derivatives of Mad Max, Rambo, Conan etc that cluttered up the Video rental shops in the 1980s. Each film gets a review, and all the relevant information (Director, Actors etc), and are rated by ‘exploding huts’ up to a maximum of 5. Not many films reach that accolade, but the authors obviously have an affection for the films. That does not mean they are uncritical – when a bad film comes along, they do not hold back.

The end of the book concerns itself with a few articles on and around the genre, and are also great reading. There are quite a few pictures, mainly video cover art, and although they are in black and white it does not detract much overall.

The book is available in both PDF and printed format via (see below for the link to the authors blog for more information). I got the PDF – it was a relatively easy transaction once actually managed to link to my paypal account – and for the price, it is great value. A useful resource and great nostalgia value.

Read all about it here;

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