Destroyer is a 1988 film with Lyle Alzado, Deborah Foreman and Anthony Perkins. It's got a recent release on Blu-ray from Scream Factory with a second Anthony Perkins film called Edge Of Sanity. I hadn't seen either. Destroyer has a screenplay by Peter Garrity, Rex Hauck and Mark W Rosenbaum. The first two guys are also the Producers. The director is Robert Kirk. It's Robert's first and only feature film. He's mostly been a producer, still working today, though he did direct several documentaries for TV. Destroyer is also known as the Shadow Of Death and The Edison Effect. None of them strike me as good titles. The posters don't strike as being that good either. Why does his jack hammer have a laser site on it? The skull face and highlighted blood veins make me think it might have a supernatural element to the movie but nope. Nothing like that going on here.
Lyle is a convict on death row. He killed 24 people in his murderous career and he's goes to the electric chair at the beginning of the movie. A riot breaks out at the same time and the prison burns, many people die. Several years pass and the prison lies abandoned until some film people come to shoot a "women in prison" movie. Anthony is the director and Deborah is the stunt woman. Clayton Rohner plays the writer of the movie and Deborah's boyfriend. Jim Turner plays the effects guy. I thought his voice sounded familiar and sure enough Jim had played Randee Of The Redwoods on MTV back in the 80's. He's still acting but most of his work is on stuff that I haven't seen. As the movie plays out someone starts killing the cast and crew. There's a couple of suspects but it's really Lyle, still alive and still crazy, who's doing the deed. Deborah fights back and eventually sends Lyle back to hell. There's a bit of humor though some of the jokes fall flat, some fair action, some grisly deaths and a multi-gal full frontal shower scene. I got a laugh or two but it's kind of pokey at times. There's some good bits but over all the movie isn't ever going to be an exploitation classic. I can't recommend it to anyone who wouldn't already be disposed to watching such stuff.
Drive Angry is a 2011 Nicolas Cage film. He's a dead guy escaped from Hell who's out to save his granddaughter from some evil cult members who have already killed the mom. The screenplay is written by Todd Farmer and director Patrick Lussier. Previously Lussier had directed the remake of My Bloody Valentine 3D that had been written by Farmer. This is the last film that Lussier directed so far but he did co-write Terminator Genisys last year. Amber Heard and William Fichtner co star. She's a waitress who goes along for the ride and William is the Accountant, come from Hell to bring Nicolas back. Billy Burke is the cult leader who wants to bring Hell to Earth by sacrificing the Nic's granddaughter. They're a pretty sick bunch and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. William follows Nic's path of destruction and even though he catches up with him he lets Nic have his way with the cult members. Amber survives the carnage and she takes the baby to raise. Nicolas and William return to Hell. The movie did poorly at the box office and never made it's cost back. It's not great but it's entertaining for the most part. There's plenty of action and car stunts. There's some humor and a pretty deadly and sick villain. I enjoyed it for the second time, I'd seen it back in 2011 and forgotten most of what happened. You might get a bit of fun out of it, if you like that sort of movie. I'd still watch it again someday.