16. jun, 2015

Eighties Ultra-Violence On A Shoestring Budget: The Incredibly Strange Films Of Cliff Twemlow

Cliff Twemlow (1937-1993) was a body builder, bouncer, film music composer and the author of three books. In the last decade of his life Twemlow starred in a fistful of ground and jaw breaking no-budget exploitation films - and a few truly awful ones as well. G.B.H., Moonstalker, Eye of Satan and Firestar: First Contact, are flawed and ridiculous but kick ass: anyone who thinks Hollywood sucks will want to see them at least once. Likewise, for the world's worst ever movie The Ibiza Connection– written by and staring Twemlow - is right up there with Wild Women of Wongo (1958, James L. Wolcott), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1958, Edward D. Wood Jr) and Robot Monster (1953, Phil Tucker). Indeed, as a golden turkey The Ibiza Connection beats the competition hands down. The Lost World Of Cliff Twemlow: The King of Manchester Exploitation Movies by C. P. Lee and Andy Willis provides a detailed breakdown of all Twem's flicks. If you want to know more about the man himself, read his autobiography The Tuxedo Warrior: Tales of a Mancunian Bouncer