Black Eliminator

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |  
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Review by Fred Beldin

Al Adamson directed this Jim Kelly action vehicle, which manages to be deadly dull despite kung-fu fighting, cataclysmic superweapons, and vicious snapping turtles. The film doesn't possess the crazed energy of Adamson's wilder work (he managed to speak much more effectively through bikers, vampires, and mad scientists), and the murky, haphazard plot is hard to follow. The budgetary restrictions bulge at the seams and the action is unconvincing, making it a losing proposition for martial arts star Kelly, who had previously worked with Adamson on The Black Samurai. Faring even worse are the film's James Bond-related cast members, Harold Sakata and George Lazenby, who phone in a few supervillain and police chief clich├ęs with bald indifference. Like most Adamson exploitation pieces, this weak thriller goes by a plethora of names (Black Eliminator, Death Dimension, Freeze Bomb, The Kill Factor), though it isn't the equal of the director's more outlandish, enjoyable films like the cult favorite Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Fans of Kelly are better off just watching Black Belt Jones a second time rather than seeking out this obscurity.