Death Promise (1977)

Death Promise (1977)
4.9
  • 372
  • R
  • Genre: Action
  • Release year: 1977 ()
  • Running time: 95 min
  • Original Title: Death Promise
  • Voted: 372

An apartment dweller goes on a search-and-destroy mission to kill the ruthless landlords who murdered his father.

#PersonCharacters
1Charles BonetCharley Roman
2Speedy LeacockSpeedy
3Bill LouieSup Kim
4Thompson Kao KangShibata
  • Weird, nostalgic, absurd and totally... Wonderful!!! by 6

    This "kung-fu"-movie from the seventies is a pretty interesting piece of work. It features all the classic themes of such a movie; revenge, corny acting, weird sound-effects and a complete in-comprehensive final scene - fighting on the roof tops.

    Basically it's about Charlie Bone (or Charles Bonet, it's never really clear - the actors name is also Charles Bone) who's feisty father gets killed by hoodlums hired by a rich landlord who wishes to tear one of his skid-row houses down. So Charlie goes out on a rampage to revenge his father and stop the evil doers. Together with his friend Speedy Little (or Speedy Leacock, it's never quite clear either...) they go around kicking a** and, one by one, expedite the bad guy's henchmen.

    This would be an OK film to watch. To seriously watch. As a kung-fu movie. But there's so many errors and weird stuff going on here that it actually turns into a comedy. For example: dead guy shrieks when thrown off a building and so on.

    The high vote is cast because it's great comical value and also the movie's high entertainment rate. A must see!!! You'll laugh your a** off!

  • 70's magic by 8

    One of the classic low budget 70's movies, this film was found in a bargain video shop in London for only 50p. (interestingly, the package lists the star of the film as 'Charles Bone', who sounds like a porn star, but once the credits role it's obvious that the picture is aligned to far the right of the TV screen, so that all the cast members have the last letter missing from their names)

    From the moment the narrator lamely introduces us to the situation that the desperate tenants of a grimy New York City apartment block, you know you're in for a rollercoaster ride of fromage. The direction is from the 'Ed Wood one-take' school - if one or two extras were looking at the camera crew, then what the hell?

    The films finishes with a plot twist that puts The Usual Suspects to shame. Buy it now.

  • Wow. This is a real classic by 10

    This movie stands for entertanment. Its the funniest movie I have ever seen. The lines, the acting. And the clothes, wow, talk about 70:s. If you ever see this little gem, buy it. Its worth every penny. By the way, the opening song is awsome. If anyone know where I can find it. Plese, send me an E-mail.

  • Gem of all gems! by 10

    First time I ever saw this was at a friends house. It ended up in his parents hands by a fluke; some videostore/bicycle repair shop!! went bankrupt and treats like this was up for grabs. We saw it two times in a row and almost wet are pants how hard we laughed.

    I've seen historical documents like Ninja Mission and Plan 9 from Outer Space, and they still remain good runners-up in comparison to this one.

    Almost 15 years after first contact it is now considered the best cult movie of all times (in my circles); I've showed it to all my friends... We now have a tradition of searching for movies in the same category: the un-rateable one.

    It can't be explained or reviewed in any normal way because every scene, every take, every move, contains at least one mistake regarding editing, dialouge, directing etc.

    For any cult-movie buff this is the ultimate prize, the gem of all gems.

    Raiting: As for craft it can't be rated, because it would even be an insult to homemade videos of birthdays and weddings.

    As for pure amusement it is the funniest movie I have ever seen; funnier than any comedy ever made past or present. Anything less than a 10/10 should be regarded as an insult to good sense of hum our.

  • "Death Promise" makes good on word. by 7

    "Death Promise" is a lost 70's exploitation gem and deserves to be seen. Technically somewhat of a mess and boasting a stock of amateur New Yawk types, this film never bores. I highly recommend tracking this down. It's a hoot and a half.

#PersonCrew
1Aaron Kleinmancinematographer
2Bill Danielscomposer
3Mike Feldercomposer
4Robert Warmflashdirector
5Guy Bishopeditor
6Norbert Albertson Jr.writer