Tuesday, May 3, 2011

26 FIlms: Avenging Angel

Avenging Angel 1985

Angel was the story of a girl abandoned by her parents living a double life. By day she was the shy honor student, by night a streetwalker paying the rent and keeping up the appearances that her Mother was still around. There was a plot about a killer on the loose and the adults who finally figured out what was going on and came to her rescue.

It’s 4 years later and Molly is about to finish college and head off to Law School. Only her mentor, Andrews is killed and the police don’t seem all that interested in figuring out what’s going down. Molly and her crew hit the streets to try and find the killers, with the results you expect.

Avenging Angel is one of those titles that I used to see on the video story selves and wonder about, but it was until now that I took the time to watch it. It was fine as far as story, narrative and action went, but what really it me was just how 80s everything was. The image of Hollywood as a land of plastic, neon and shiny reflections all cast in a sickly unreality was perfect. The weapons of the day were interesting as well, everyone seemed to be using revolvers and the only really hi tech gun any one used was Tim Rossovich as Teddy caring a SPAS 12 Italian Combat shotgun.

I really don’t have a whole lot more to say other than I liked it enough, and having seen the first film in the series I feel like I really need to give the third entry a look.

The fantastic House of Self Indulgence blog has reviews of all three films that are worth checking out.


Todd Mason said...

This one is an institution in a way that Chuck's choice today, NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, isn't, quite...

Chuck Esola said...

This is a fun series. There was a fourth Angel film, ANGEL IV: UNDERCOVER (1993), which was not produced by New World Pictures and was only given a quickie VHS release so it's pretty much forgotten today. Anyway there's a pretty steep dip in quality after the second one, which I have fond memories of seeing during its theatrical run back in the day.