The Hunters of the Golden Cobra (1982)

aka I cacciatori del cobra d’oro
Article 3918 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-26-2012
Posting Date: 5-6-2012
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Featuring David Warbeck, Almanta Suska, Luciano Pigozzi
Country: Italy
What it is: Exotic actioner

An American soldier is recruited to recover the Golden Cobra, an artifact that gives its possessor supernatural powers.

In case you haven’t figured it out from the title, this is one of several Italian imitations of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, which, in this case, translates as a standard period action/adventure movie shot in an exotic location involving the recovery of supernatural artifacts. Given the low-budget pedigree of this one, I didn’t expect the stunt work or special effects to match that of its model, and I kept my expectations pretty low, and I was right. For what it was, it was passable; the violence is a bit nastier than that of RAIDERS, and the script seems like it was thrown together without much care, but I rather like the British soldier who is paired with the hero. Still, this one is routine at best.


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