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The Exterminator

For his second pic, writer-director James Glickenhaus commits the major sin of shooting an action film with little action. Contrived script instead opts for grotesque violence in a series of glum, distasteful scenes.

For his second pic, writer-director James Glickenhaus commits the major sin of shooting an action film with little action. Contrived script instead opts for grotesque violence in a series of glum, distasteful scenes.

The Exterminator returns to New York City for a listlessly paced tale of Robert Ginty suddenly deciding to avenge his war buddy, paralyzed from an encounter with a youth gang. Absence of proper transition scenes and script’s frequent reliance upon coincidence loses credibility for Ginty’s actions early on.

Christopher George’s walkthrough as a policeman is regrettable, while Samantha Eggar as both the buddy’s doctor and George’s girlfriend must have calculated that this travesty would never be released.

The Exterminator

  • Production: Interstar. Director James Glickenhaus; Producer Mark Buntzman; Screenplay James Glickenhaus; Camera Bob Baldwin; Editor Corky O'Hara; Music Joe Renzetti
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 101 MIN.
  • With: Christopher George Samantha Eggar Robert Ginty Steve James Tony Di Benedetto
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