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Motion Picture Purgatory: DEATH WISH V (1994)

Toronto’s streets were buzzing with the news in 1994– Paul Kersey was back! The violent vigilante character first portrayed in 1972’s revenge classic DEATH WISH had already been resurrected by Cannon Films in the 1980s for a trio of sequels, and was now set for a second, briefer resurgence north of the border. DEATH WISH V: THE FACE OF DEATH had Canadian genre veteran Damien Lee taking the reigns of the franchise and putting Charles Bronson–then 72(!)–through his final appearance as the iconic character. While many critics noted the increasingly cartoonish direction of the series, the fifth instalment was perhaps the most ridiculous, as Rick Trembles discovered in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez: