We had this trailer for Super Fuzz sitting around our theater for a long time and used to toss it up before midnight movies just because it was so darn good. Audience reaction was always the same: totally enthusiastic. A cable staple from the days when cable would play whatever they could get their hands on, this is one of those films that is just burned in my memory. And so, one day a few years ago we finally came across a print of the film, and one of the most euphoric big-screen movie experiences I've ever had was finally, finally seeing Super Fuzz on the big screen.
Nice guy cop Dave Speed (Terence Hill, best known for his Italian action-comedies alongside comedy partner Bud Spencer) paddles his canoe too close to a NASA test station and after getting drenched with radiation finds that he is imbued with super powers. The problem is, nobody believes him, not even his partner Ernest Borgnine (whose blustery over-acting knows no limits), because whenever he sees red his powers go away.
Though director Sergio Corbucci had a good number of classic cult films (mostly Spaghetti Westerns) under his belt, Super Fuzz is technically terrible - filled with underplayed slapstick, shoddy effects, inept criminals, bad dubbing, and a giant bubble gum deus ex machina. But these shortcomings also make the whole thing seem so innocently goofy, stupid, and fun, and ultimately there's something about this movie that makes it darn near impossible to harbor any bad feelings.
And once you've heard the theme song, I dare you not to spend the rest of your life chanting "Supah Supah" whenever you do something totally cool.
MP3: "Super Snooper", The Oceans