EZC Presents : Dwarfsploitation Night



PENITENTIARY III (1987, dir. Jamaa Fanaka)
Drugged and betrayed by his own cornerman during a boxing match, ‘Too  Sweet’ Gordone (Leon Isaac Kennedy) ends up killing his opponent and being sentenced to hard time in a surreal prison where inmates are pawns in a series of brutal fights that are controlled by the sadistic and fey ‘Serenghetti’ (Anthony Geary in a seriously nutty role) despite the attempts by the relatively humane warden (Ric Mancini) to retake control of his prison by putting up his own fighters against the massive killers owned by the crimelord in order to win everything..
Being a professional boxer, ‘Too Sweet’ is immediately in demand by both sides for the matches but refuses to play the game for either, which results in Serenghetti releasing his ultimate terror from the dungeon (yeah, there’s a

full-on dungeon below the cells) to wreak havok on the prisoner – the Midnight Thud (The Haiti Kid).  I could go on for pages about the character of the Thud, a crack smoking dwarf rapist with a taste for oranges and the apparent ability to fly by spinning his arms wildly and growling, but it would take away from the WTF factor of the film.  Let’s just call him the greatest character ever written to film and leave it at that.

After their confrontation, Too Sweet is sent to the depths of the prison to rot and his only friend in the jail is set up for a painful fight with the prison’s best boxer, See Veer (Danny Trejo – only 2 years out of maximum security prison in real life and just starting his movie career) and beaten nearly to death.  The only thing that can save the day now is if the Midnight Thud suddenly reveals himself to be a wise, Yoda-like source of wisdom and martial arts training advice who can train Too Sweet for his big fight by slamming a doorknob into his stomach and screaming ‘GUTS!!!’ repeatedly.  But just how likely is that?

FOR YOUR HEIGHT ONLY (1981, dir.Eddie Nicart)
Mr. Giant has kidnapped the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and is planning to use the Doctor’s invention, the N-bomb, to hold the world hostage. The only one who can foil Mr. Giant’s evil scheme is Agent 00, a 3-foot-tall filipino martial arts master, expert marksman, top-class romancer and all-around superspy. Can Agent 00 rescue Dr. Kohler before it’s too late? A riot of bad dubbing, even worse shirts and improbable gadgets.
Starring Weng Weng in his first lead role, would who became a bit of a celebrity in the Phillipines in the 80s as an actor and martial artist, even becoming friends with Imelda Marcos. At 2ft 9, he’s quite probably the shortest ever lead in an action movie… though he’s no Midnight Thud.
7.00PM, FREE!

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