Oh man, Moonfire is crazy-sauce!
Yes, it’s time again for a TFLtruck best WORST truck movie and this week’s awesomeness is – 1970’s Moonfire! Rockets, Nazis, truckers, banditos, bikers, former boxing champions and more! Okay, it’s a lot to swallow and the 1970 production looks like a 1970 production. The films is grainy, editing is uneven and the sound is terrible – and it’s kind of slow too.
Still, when you have so many elements at play, why be nitpicky about how good the production is – right?
Truck drivers are unsung heroes all over the world. While modern films rarely talk about their hard lives and community service, the 1970s often did. This film, despite its bizarre storyline, does show some of the harshness of the truck-driver’s life.
A private aerospace company loses a manned reentry capsule somewhere in Mexico. It actually landed on the property of a former SS Nazi in-hiding, who’s a murdours, extorting psychopath. He and his murderous bandito henchmen capture the astronaut and extort the aerospace company to get him and the capsule back. One additional plot point: the capsule is set for self destruct!
Enter the trucker(s) – and former World Heavyweight Champion boxer Sonny Liston! After brawls with bikers, long treks on dirt roads and a forklift vs. pistol battle – our heroes save the day. Yep, it’s that bizarre.
Moonfire is written, produced, and directed by Michael Parkhurst who obviously had a vision of something chaotic and cathartic in mind. It stars Richard Egan, Charles Napier, Sonny Liston, Dayton Lummis and Joaquín Martínez.
This is not a politically correct film by any means. It’s not that bloody and there’s no gratuitous sex – but it isn’t appropriate for kids. Not that they would sit through it anyway. Moonfire is kind of slow and disjointed (among other things), but it’s so odd-ball that you won’t forget it.
Let us know if you have any odd or rarely seen truck movie suggestions that are available on the net. We would love to see them!
Here’s a taste of what we’re seeing this week!