Kill and Kill Again
|Kill and Kill Again|
|Directed by||Ivan Hall|
|Produced by||Igo Kantor|
|Screenplay by||John M. Crowther|
|Distributed by||Film Ventures International|
Kill and Kill Again is a 1981 action film directed by Ivan Hall. The film stars James Ryan as Steve Chase who is hired to save the scientist Horatio Kane, who has been kidnapped by the scientist Marduk. Chase gathers together a team of mercenaries who find their way to the villain's stronghold and then find themselves fighting for their lives as they are captured.
Kill and Kill Again is a sequel to the film Kill or Be Killed and began filming in June 1980. The film was shot in Europe and the United States with the cast predominantly being from South Africa. It was released in New York on May 8, 1981. It received negative reviews from Variety and the New York Times who found the film "unexciting" and with a "horrible plot" respectively.
The plot involves Steve Chase (James Ryan), trying to stop the evil Marduk (Michael Mayer) from amassing an army of mind-controlled karate slaves and taking over the world. Steve is assisted by Gorilla, the strongman (Ken Gampu); Gypsy Billy, the "former champion of the world", (Norman Robinson); The Fly, a mystic man (Stan Schmidt) and Hotdog, the gimmicky weapon-expert and theoretical comic relief (Bill Flynn). Also on Steve's team is Kandy Kane (Anneline Kriel), a woman claiming to be the daughter of Dr. Kane, who invented the potato-based mind-control serum that Marduk uses on his army.
In an article on February 11, 1980, the Hollywood Reporter stated that Film Ventures International would produced a sequel to the film Kill or Be Killed titled Kill or Be Killed, Part II to be scheduled to start filming in June 1980. The film was being referred to Kill or Be Killed II by July 24, 1980 in the Hollywood Reporter and later referred to as Kill and Kill Again in a November 4, 1980 article of the Hollywood Reporter.
The cast of the film was predominantly from South Africa. Variety reported on September 24, 1980 that Diane Newman had been cast in the film, but she does not appear in the film's credits. Filming ended in the United States on July 24, 1980 and was set to move to locations in Europe.
Kill and Kill Again was released in New York on May 8, 1981. On August 12, 1980, the Hollywood Reporter announced that a third film in the series was planned. As of December 2013, no follow-up film has gone into production.
From contemporary reviews, Variety's "Lor." found that the fight scenes were "unexciting", as the "choreography is too pat and lacks danger." while concluding the film to be a "good-natured karate actioner for genre fans" Vincent Canby of The New York Times stated the film had a "horrible plot" that "contains a lot of action, but most of the violence is in the grunting and groaning that accompanies the various karate chops."