‘Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures Triple Feature'
In the grand old fading traditions of long Saturday afternoons in neighborhood theaters and dusk-to-almost-dawn outings at the drive-ins on the dark edge of town, grindhouse guru Quentin Tarantino brings us his “Rolling Thunder Pictures Triple Feature.”
Thrill — and bust-a-rib laughing — at the colossally campy “The Mighty Peking Man” (in Shaw Scope, apparently an Asian version of Panavision), a 1977 Hong Kong production about a gigantic apelike creature that's captured by greedy fortune hunters and brought back to civilization — along with his pet blonde bombshell (Evelyne Kraft, “Lady Dracula,” “The Fifth Commandment”), a wild jungle girl clad in a skimpy animal skin outfit a la Raquel Welch in “One Million Years B.C.”
Witness hilariously fake-looking model cities and villages destroyed, English dubbing completely out of sync with lip movements and the most shameless rip-off of “King Kong” ever filmed.
Then get down and funky with “Detroit 9000,” a 1973 blaxploitation film from director Arthur Marks starring Alex Rocco (perhaps best known as Moe Greene, the gangster who got shot in the eye while getting a massage in “The Godfather”) and black actor Hari Rhodes as detective partners chasing a gang of black thieves responsible for a high society heist. Lots of action and bloody violence, cornball attempts at hip dialogue, some fairly decent music, a hilarious cameo by Scatman Crothers as a hallelujah preacher, and a lot of clumsy emotional acting.