5 Questions: Rolling Vengeance
One of my favorite things about Danny Marianino’s book, The Mega Book of Revenge Films Volume 1: The Big Payback, is the number of films he covers in the book. Some of them I had never heard of, others like Rolling Vengeance I had not seen in years.
Rolling Vengeance is a revenge movie like nothing I had ever seen before. Instead of going the traditional route of a gun or a knife, our hero Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul) builds a huge monster truck like vehicle to get his revenge on the scum that were responsible for the deaths of his parents and his sister.
After watching this one again courtesy of the fine folks at MGM HD, I found myself asking questions…
1. Has Ned Beatty ever played a more unappealing character?
I don’t know about you, but I prefer my Ned Beatty characters to be bumbling. His work in Superman The Movie and Back to School are probably my favorite Ned Beatty roles. In Rolling Vengeance, Beatty did all he could to make the audience hate his character, Tiny Doyle. His hair style, the leather jacket, the missing tooth. He was definitely visually unappealing (the guys from Deliverance would still have hit it).
Then there’s his no good sons, he lets those boys run wild and cause all sorts of havoc. And by havoc I mean killing Rosso family members like it was their job.
Bonus question, I wonder if Paul Heyman used Tiny Doyle and his sons from different mothers as the inspiration for the Dudley Boys in ECW?
2. Does Lisa Howard not have a work visa?
Why is it that every movie I see Lisa Howard in is filmed in Canada? First there were the Bounty Hunters movies with Michael Dudikoff. Now Rolling Vengeance, where she plays Joey’s girlfriend, Misty. Is she so proud of her native land she refuses to leave? Or is there a sinister reason she isn’t allowed to cross the border?
Before my imagination ran too wild with scenarios on this one, I did a little IMDB research and found that she has indeed made movies in the United States. But speaking of IMDB…
3. Why is this the poster used for Rolling Vengeance on IMDB?
While IMDB is a tremendous resource, we all know it is not 100% accurate all the time. There’s the whole debacle with Casper Van Dien being listed as a cast member in Revenge of the Nerds. Then there’s the false bit of trivia regarding a photograph used in the movie Avenging Force. But I think using what appears to be the cover of a Monster Truck VHS release from 1988 as the poster for Rolling Vengeance is IMDB’s most egregious error yet.
4. How did Cannon Films never have a monster truck movie?
I was slightly surprised that A) Rolling Vengeance was not a Cannon Film and then B) That Cannon never got in on the Monster Truck popularity in the 1980’s.
Menahem Golan liked to be the first at making movies. He was once quoted as saying “We must beat Beat Street!” when he learned that Orion Pictures was producing a breakdancing movie in the same year that Cannon’s Breakin’ was set to come out.
With that in mind, my best guess is there was no way, even using the Cannon method, that they could get a monster truck movie out before Rolling Vengeance, so they just scrapped any plans they had and made another Charles Bronson or Chuck Norris movie instead.
5. Why would you leave your keys in your Rolling Vengeance Monster Truck?
A guy takes the time and effort to build a one of a kind rolling death machine and he goes ahead and leaves the keys inside so Tiny’s favorite son Vic can give Joey Rosso a taste of his own Rolling Vengeance medicine.
It turns out to be a happy accident when Vic is found dead inside and blamed for all the destruction and death it caused… allowing Joey to get away with murder (in true movie vigilante fashion) and start the next chapter of his life with Misty.