It’s no secret that most of Steven Seagal’s straight to video efforts stink. There have been a few that manage to rise above abysmal and can be watched without cursing everyone involved in making the film. Ruslan and The Keeper fall into this category; while they’re not likely to make any new Seagal fans, they at least offer some entertaining violence, and Seagal actually seemed to show up to the set for work most of the time.
Filmed partially in Shaw Bros Hong Kong studios, produced by Harry Alan Towers and based on characters created by Fu Manchu author Sax Rohmer, here's a vintage slice of ice-cool girl power spy action starring 60's uber-fox Shirley Eaton as chinese devil woman Su Maru—a homicidal villain with an obedient army of killer hellcats worthy of any 007 outing.
Christina's House: a title that hardly inspires terror—much like the half-baked plot. It tries to make up for this by making every character in the film creepy in a bizarre attempt to confuse the viewer into wondering which of the creepy people is the killer. As strange things happen, Christina begins to wonder if she is losing her mind like her crazy mother, or is something wrong actually happening?
Freddie Kruger has his Elm Street, Jason Vorhees has his lake, and in this, spry, fake-ass 'behind the scenes' feature we meet Leslie Vernon of Glenn Echo, Oregon—a soon to be infamous 'supernatural' serial killer who is shown prepping his legend, working out and explaining the hows and whys of his chosen profession to a student film crew who follow him around.
In 18th century Japan, Lord Sodom's bride to be is killed by voodoo so he accuses and kills two of his maids who curse him and his family before checking out. Lord Sodom's eyes then vanish and he goes mad and butchers his wedding guests.
AKA: Driven To Kill, Steven (make mine a large) Seagal is again blocking out the sun and causing earth tremors as he barges his way thru' yet another crime/revenge kung fu thriller where he gets to whisper his lines and hold his belly before snapping arms, wrists and backs in fight scenes where he's filmed from behind.
Flashy photographer/slapper Rosalba Neri (The Devil’s Wedding Night—73) is shagging the husband of her recently deceased best friend. Wrapped in a vomit coloured towel, she’s having a whale of a time flouncing about the rich estate without a care until spunky Luciana Della Robbia shows up and say’s she’s the step daughter of the widower/husband (Silviano Tranquilli).
While out driving her expensive car, sappy blonde Glynis Johns (Mad About Men—54) breaks down on a remote road and is forced to ask for help at a large, swanky house owned by a mysterious and beardy Doctor played by the great Dan O’Herlihy (Robocop—87). Questioned by Dr. Caligari (O’Herlihy), Glynis automatically freaks out and ends up trapped in the weirdly decorated mansion/asylum where she soon meets more and more strange people much like herself.
Sensitive sketch cop Jeff Fahey wears glasses and coaches a crap baseball team while hunting a killer/rapist that removes the faces of his victims with a Remington combat knife. Jeff works from photo’s and meets blind gal Courtney Cox! who survived an attack and was allowed live coz she can’t see and therefore can’t identify her assailant. Wrong. She felt his face (hence the title) and Jeff sets about pencilling the perp.
The fab cast is the main reason most will watch this thin, B+W stiletto of a film from Germany, which is once again based on a story by prolific English crime author Edgar Wallace (Gangster In London). Set in London (surprisingly....), a crazed Chicago mob boss is suspected of executing rich businessmen around the neighborhood of Scotland Yard.