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FanMix May 16, 2022 2352
(Updated: May 27, 2022)
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I've been on a grindhouse fanediting streak lately, and I decided to check out two of Gieferg's grindhouse edits: Star Beast (A.K.A. Alien Grindhoused) and this one! And between the two, I liked this one a whole lot more! In fact, I might even go so far as to say this might be one of my favorites in this subgenre of fanediting!

This edit is mostly First Blood, but thanks to the addition of other films from the franchise (and the action genre, in general), this edit succeeds in feeling like it's own thing. The utilization of flashbacks doesn't hurt, either. The comedic tone is perfect for a grindhoused Rambo, and it ensured maximum entertainment for the entire edit! The overuse of narration (and swears) gave me plenty of chuckles, and that same narration is used as buildup for what might be one of the funniest uses of the "missing reel" I've seen so far! I won't spoil it, but it got me good.

As for any issues I have, most of it is petty. I guess my biggest criticism is that you can tell that Sylvester Stallone's narration is AI-generated. But in all honesty, the narration was hilarious enough that I didn't care. My only other complaint is perhaps a song or two that feels out-of-place. But even then, they're not too distracting, and they're nowhere near as out-of-place as a few of the songs in Star Beast (Which is a criticism I'll save for my Star Beast review, not this one).

Pettiness aside, this edit was a blast! As is the case with these grindhouse edits, this one is definitely not for the kids! But hey, the Rambo franchise was always adults-only to begin with, and I'm sure most Rambo fans can handle some hard-R content of any kind! Highly recommended for Rambo fans, action movie fans, and anyone looking for more grindhoused edits!

Update (5-27-22): So, going back to petty things again, I got to talk with the editor, Gieferg, over the song choices, and as it turns out, I'm the fool here. The song that bothered me the most was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." This is because I thought it was an '80's song. But after my mind went "Hey! The Bon Scott era exists!" and went for a quick google search, I found out the song was actually released in 1979 in Bon Scott's final album. So while it is close to being an '80s song, it isn't.

In fairness to the editor, Gieferg has told me that his main inspiration is from TMBTM's "Jaws - Sharksploitation Edit", which also contains songs that are from decades beyond the 1970s. Whether that's a good idea, I'll leave to the viewers. What I will say is that I had no idea I was criticizing a '70's song for not being grindhouse enough. So, in this case, the mistake is mine, not the editor's.

So, you can scratch off my negative statement on the song choices for this edit. My criticism on the AI, though, still stands.

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