Death Cheaters (1976)

Death Cheaters (1976)

Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Starring: John Hargreaves, Grant Page, Margaret Gerard

DEATH CHEATERS! CHEATING DEATH AT EVERY TURN! BY… taking the proper safety precautions, no matter how long it takes.

Death Cheaters is about two stuntmen who get hired by the FBI or something to do dangerous missions. However, as passable as a premise that sounds, it turns out that it’s just not exciting at all to watch these trained professionals use safety harnesses and what have you to do stunts that you are obviously not worried about them getting through.

I mean, the whole job of a stuntman is to do something that looks really super dangerous, but they do it safely, right? Well, there’s a reason for that. If you already know your movie characters are going to be fine, it’s not exciting, no matter how many cars you crash into stuff. Also, this was written, produced, and directed by the same guy, who I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that he used to be a stuntman himself at one point. The main characters are just way too Gary Sue for it to be otherwise.

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