William Girdler is one of the more underrated directors in the world of grindhouse cinema. He reminds me of Brian Trenchard-Smith in the way he manages to get spectacular results from so little. Due to a helicopter accident his life was cut short after 9 films but he left us classics like ABBY, GRIZZLY, and the Pam Grier starring SHEBA, BABY. COMBAT COPS (aka THE GET-MAN) came after two mediocre efforts from Girdler but is one of his best efforts. There is a tremendous amount of subtext to the film which often gets lumped into the blaxploitation genre. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it ain’t blaxploitation. The villain is a caucasian killer in black face (not Ted Danson) taking out middle class whites and Austin Stoker (a Girdler regular) is there to take him on. Dig it!
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