Kill and Kill Again is a 1981 South African martial arts film, a tongue-in-cheek sequel to 1977's Kill or Be Killed reuniting that film's director (Ivan Hall) and star (James Ryan).
A supervillain named Marduk has captured a scientist and is using his potato-based serum to create an army of mind-controlled slaves. Squaring off against Marduk are karate champion Steve Chase (Ryan) and a motley band of martial artists.
Today, the film is best known as the first to feature Bullet Time effects.
This movie contains examples of:
- Accent Adaptation: The American dub replaces (some of the) broad South African accents with American regional accents. This results in the incongruous presence of a southern-fried American construction foreman at a South African building site.
- Action Prologue: A punch-em-up attack on the Sun City casino.
- Alternate DVD Commentary: It received the Riff Trax treatment in 2017.
- Artistic Title: A Bond-style credit sequence featuring silhouettes of Chase.
- Avengers, Assemble!: The first act is all about Chase getting the band back together.
- Bond One-Liner: Steve Chase is full of them.
- Bullet Time: The first live-action film to feature this effect. It is used only in one scene, about an hour into the film, after the main villain has already been killed.
- Combat by Champion: Chase versus Marduk's "optimus".
- Cult Colony: New Babylonia.
- Dress Code: Marduk's minions wear slacks and sky-blue T-shirts.Bill Corbett: Are we sure this isn't just Habitat for Humanity?
- '80s Hair: Minerva and her short pink-dyed do.Chase: Has anyone ever suggested you change your hairdresser?
- Everybody Laughs Ending
- Five-Man Band: The Leader Steve Chase, The Big Guy Gorilla, The Lancer Gypsy Billy, Consummate Professional The Fly, Comic Relief Hotdog. Tagging along is The Chick Kandy Kane.
- French Jerk: "This soirée was the pièce de résistance!"
- Handy Feet: Fly does stuff like light incense with his feet.
- Hired Guns
- If It's You, It's Okay: Marduk takes no lip from anyone but his ladyfriend Minerva.
- Kiai: All the martial artists make loud, Bruce Lee-style noises while fighting.
- Made of Explodium: Marduk's helicopter.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Kandy poses as one.
- Mind-Control Device: A mind-control serum derived from potatoes.
- Mugged for Disguise: How the group infiltrates Marduk's camp.
- Pretend to Be Brainwashed: Dr. Kane has secretly developed an antidote to the mind-control serum.
- Same Language Dub: Many of the South African actors have been dubbed with American accents.
- The Apartheid Era: Partially filmed at Sun City, famous target of anti-Apartheid boycotts. To its credit, the film contains hints of an anti-Apartheid stance. Chase's team is racially integrated, for instance. And there are a few digs at the South African regime.
- The Evils of Free WillMarduk: Freedom of choice, as we have come to know it, has led inexorably to the deterioration of the ethical and moral fabric of society.
- Unfortunate Implications: The lone black team member is called Gorilla, of all things. Lampshaded in the Riff Trax.Bill Corbett: Hey, Gorilla! Still got that unfortunate nickname?
- War for Fun and Profit: Chase and his group are in it for the money.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: Chase accepts a job from a couple of public-spirited rich guys, and not from the South African government. One of them pointedly remarks, "It's debatable who will use the formula for more evil ends: our government or Marduk."