Ep. 144 — Rambo Month: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1982)
RAMBO: WEEK 2
To celebrate the release of the fifth Rambo film, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD on September 20th, we're spending the entire month of September celebrating one of the most iconic characters of 80s action cinema, Psychotronic icon John Rambo, by working our way through the entire RAMBO franchise, one film at a time.
This week, we're talkin' RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II(1985).
When someone mentions the name Rambo, the image that comes to mind is of a muscular, gun-toting, sweat-drenched, headband-wearing, unstoppable ex-soldier. That's not the guy who existed in FIRST BLOOD. It's FIRST BLOOD PART IIthat's largely responsible for the image of Rambo that most people think of when discussing the character.
It's also FIRST BLOOD PART IIthat's in a big way responsible for the glut of over-the-top 80s action movies that we associate with the era.
In this episode, we'll discuss how this film changed both the genre and the perception of the character himself, as we also track the development of the film after the unexpected success of its predecessor.
And because it does appear in Michael J. Weldon's Psychotronic Video Guide, we've nominated FIRST BLOOD PART IIfor entry into the Psychotronic Hall of Fame! Do we think it's worthy? You'll have to listen to find out, but the decision ultimately lies in your hands!
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