The Last Heroes: Gli Ultimi Eroi
The Last Heroes
Roberto D'Antona, Paola Laneve, Annamaria Lorusso, Stefano Pollastro for L/D Production
directed by Roberto D'Antona
starring Roberto D'Antona, Annamaria Lorusso, Francesco Emulo, Nicole Blatto, Erica Verzotti, Alex D'Antona, Fabrizio Narciso, Andrea Milan, Michael Segal, Carmelo Bacchetta, Mirko Giacchetti, Sascha Granato, Danilo Uncino, Sara Cominato, Alice Bonzani, Luca Cagnetta, Massimo Cantori, Simona Quaglia, Massimo Cominato, Susanna Tregnaghi, Cristina Zanoia, Rebecca D'Amuri, Manuel Caregnato, Rossana Bena, Federica Ferro, Natalia Moro, Kavita Albizzati, Alessandro Carnevale Pellino, Mattia Fantini, Cristian Canova, Alessia Marconi, Sheena Hao, Mattia Zandon, Ludovica Carbone, Gabriele Vincis, Antonello Sardellino, Stefano Pollastro, Paola Laneve, Simone Fumagalli, Marco Stefano Poletti, Marco Zenone, Valentino Caldarulo
story by Roberto D'Antona, Annamaria Lorusso, screenplay by Roberto D'Antona, music by Aurora Rochez, special effects by Paola Laneve
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20 years ago, a bunch of kids (Danilo Uncino, Sara Cominato, Alice
Bonzani, Luca Cagnetta, Massimo Cantori) have seen something so
unbelievable that it shattered their world and destroyed their friendship.
But especially Alan (Roberto D'Antona) has never forgotten about what he
saw, and has since become an archeologist, trying to find out the truth by
studying legends. And what he has found out is as unbelievable than it
looked back when, they have actually witnessed an old man, Oras (Carmelo
Bacchetta) sending a witch, Kaisha (Annamaria Lorusso) to hell. Thing is,
since then someone, Sirio (Alex D'Antona), has summoned Kaisha again, and
she goes on a rampage to conquer the world, starting with Alan's hometown.
And soon, the little village is riddled by zombie attacks and similar
ungodly occurances - reason enough for Alan, who has been all over the
world on the job to return home again and hook up with his friends from
back when, Leo (Francesco Emulo), Asia (Nicole Blatto), Mia (Erica
Verzotti) and Alex (Fabrizio Narciso). Now while Alan has an idea what's
going on, he has no idea how to fight Kaisha, but fortunately Asia has
since taken a job in Oras' curio shop, and Oras thinks he recognises the
chosen one who can send Kaisha back to Hell in Alan and hands him magic
daggers. There's just one problem, to get even into striking distance to
Kaisha, Alan and friends have to fight their way through her zombie army,
and even if they're eventually joined by a cynic cop (Andrea Milan) and
two air-headed martial artists (Michael Segal, Carmelo Bacchetta), that's
anything but an easy task ...
Now of course, the story The
Last Heroes tells isn't exactly an original one, in fact such stories
have been a staple of 1980s Italian horror, from Lucio
Fulci's Gothic Trilogy downwards, and makes little if any
attempts to hide its influences. But that's not at all to say The Last
Heroes is a simply derivative movie, as it more than makes up what it
might lack in originality in style, atmosphere, suspense, gruesomeness ...
and humour, the one element yesteryear's shockers from Italy so sadly
lacked. But that doesn't make this movie a moronic parody at all, the
humour, that's mostly very Italian in style, is well-placed, never
detracts from suspense or atmosphere or destroys tension, but it makes its
rather esoteric concept more relatable. And apparently the whole cast was
in on the joke, and especially Michael Segal as air-headed martial artist
is really hilarious.
Really cool genre entertainment in all.