July 1, 2014 (DVD)
Ken Del Vecchio, Rachael Robbins
Robert Bogue as Judge Taylor Limone
Rachael Robbins as Clara Lovering
Eric Roberts as Agent Guthro
Charles Durning as Dylan Frier
Robert Loggia as Dr. Montgomery
Dustin Diamond as Agent Dewayne
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow terrorized the central United States during the 1930s. Although initially pegged as relentless robbers, their criminal exploits escalated. It’s believed that the two killed numerous civilians and nearly 10 police officers. They struck fear into America in an already challenging time. Though we’ll never know their truest motives, I don’t think they embarked no crime sprees in the hopes of obtaining some form of sexual gratification. I think it’s more likely that bodies piled up when they got in the way of the ruthless duo. Collateral damage, not sexual kicks (although I’m sure there was plenty of ugly bumping between the two) – that sounds more logical. Not that murderers play by any established set of rules.
The menacing duo in Scavenger Killers definitely don’t abide by any strict guidelines. But they areextremely loyal to their lustful lifestyle. They kill and they have kinky sex and they seem to love it, as disturbing as that is. The fact that our modern “equivalent” of Clyde is one Judge Taylor Limone and his Bonnie is Clara Lovering, an attorney, makes it smooth sailing when it comes time to track down the next poor bastard to be hacked to bits by this sadistic pairing. I suppose the only question is how long can they continue to successfully dupe the law? The answer? Watch it and find out for yourself.
Scavenger Killers is an outrageous exploitation picture that takes all sorts of controversial liberties and never shows an ounce of fear. Everyone involved in this production cut loose. Few quite like Robert Bogue though, I’ve got to say. Talk about giving it 110-percent, well, Bogue doubles up on that, clearly having a major blast as one unruly, untamed freak of nature. A few surprises come our way as the picture rolls along. Eric Roberts pops up for a relatively small but definitely relevant role. The same can be said for the late Charles Durning. Robert Loggia surfaces for a time as well. There are plenty of established performers I didn’t anticipate seeing on hand, which feels like a nice little bonus. Unfortunately hiring a crew that truly knows how to act doesn’t automatically mean you’ve got a great picture on your hands.
This is Dylan Bank’s first feature film, and you can see that. It’s not the smoothest production you’ll stumble upon, and it has a number of noticeable flaws. But you know what, there’s potential in Bank’s work. The man does manage to create some disturbing visuals, and he is smart enough to allow his crew some freedom when the camera rolls. Scavenger Killers showcases a proper relationship between director and performer. This one could have easily jumped completely free of the rails had Bank attempted to reel everyone in too close. Fortunately that potential mishap is never of true concern, and we’re afforded a sleazy but entertaining exploitation film that pays homage to a few different pics and attempts to make the legend of Bonnie and Clyde ultra kinky and extra bloody. It’s not a guaranteed recipe for success, but there are a number of movie freaks who should find some redeemable qualities in the pic. Scavenger Killers is a spirited piece of work that happily wallows in sex and bloodshed, and that kind of product is always going to have someplace in the public market (as despicable as that may sound).
Personally, I’m walking away from this viewing experience with an entirely new view of the court system (Dlyan Bank, you clever, clever fellow!). I’ll also note that attempting to repay council with any form of sexual favor is a really bad idea. You never know who is and who isn’t living a double life. Nobody wants to run into a judge who moonlights as an uncontrollable murdering machine… who may defile your corpse, to top it all off.