Movember Movies: Death Wish 3 (1985)

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Charles Bronson returns to New York and kills hundreds of people.

Death Wish 3 is the apex of punk panic movies; the ultra-violent culmination of a dream in which punks are portrayed as nothing more than snarling monsters that never cease roaming, hunting, and killing. It’s so far removed from reality that it can only be viewed as a strange phantasmagoria where Cyrus in The Warriors succeeded in combining the might of all the gangs of New York, only to have Charles Bronson show up and torch them all. In short, Death Wish 3 is the reason why cinema was created.

If I had any quibble with this masterpiece, it would be that there are too few standout punks. This isn’t to say that they should have had a greater depth of characterization; rather I wish that there had been more extreme examples of nicknames, gimmicks, or visual cues to push the absurdity even further. At least we’ll always have The Giggler, man.

If your search for happiness in this miserable world has brought you nothing but tears, may I recommend watching Death Wish 3, preferably on a double bill with Class of 1984. You can pay me in advance for this life-altering advice by donating toward Sean’s glorious moustache.

  • Maopheus

    DW3 looks like the last of those great urban terror/revenge/vigilante fantasy movies of that era.

  • Fatbologna

    Truly one of the most entertaining action films of the 80s.

  • Fatbologna

    For those interested in Punks in film check out Destroy All Movies. It’s one of the best books ever written by a man.

  • Jarrod

    possibly the greatest trailer ever……. the exact opposite of a wet noodle…. a very very stiff noodle

  • Doug Nagy

    Charles Bronson has a steely eyed mug that instils fear in me
    from beyond the grave.

  • mrhorse

    that’s a mean gun there ..whatchamacallit..


  • Henrik

    I thought Charles Bronson was a shitty joke actor ala Chuck Norris, but I watched Once Upon A Time In The West and felt humbled.