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Motion Picture Purgatory: THUNDERGROUND (1989)

Sleaze-action specialists Shapiro-Glickenhaus┬áEntertainment briefly dipped their toes in the frozen north during the late 1980s, and one of the films they ended up distributing was THUNDERGROUND, an underground fighting period piece from veteran Canuxploitation purveyors Damian Lee and David Mitchell. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood efforts like HARD TIMES (1975) and THE HITTER (1979), only with feisty hobos, this effort sets up a last reel bareknuckle brawl between star Paul Coufos and Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who re-teamed with Lee and Mitchell soon after for the cult hit ABRAXAS, GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE. Rick Trembles delves into this curious road movie/romance/boxing flick in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory Rick sez: