Motion Picture Purgatory: BULLIES (1986)

Canada has a long history of revenge thrillers, in which well-meaning city folks arrive in backwater towns only to be terrorized by the toothless locals. It’s a Canadian cinema tradition that goes all the way back to the heart of the tax shelter era, which means it was fairly well established by the time Paul Lynch decided to tackle one in the mid-1980s. Despite its late appearance, BULLIES is a notable entry in the subgenre, thanks in part to a romance subplot that complicates the relationship between the two feudin’ families. Rick Trembles also found the film to have a notable nasty streak, as he outlines in this month’s edition of Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez: