Escape from Safehaven (1989)


Escape from Safehaven (1989)  aka  “Inferno in Safehaven”

directed by:Brian Thomas JonesJames McCalmont

cast:William BeckwithJessica DublinPaul Geiger,Rick Gianasi



Όταν αντίκρισα για πρώτη φορά το Ελληνικό VHS  και διάβασα τον αμίμητο Ελληνικό τίτλο “Κόλαση στη Ουρανούπολη” χαμογέλασα διάπλάτα και σκέφτηκα τη συμπαθή Χαλκιδικιώτικη πολίχνη σε postapocalypse version.

Όπως και να ‘χει αυτό το μεταχρονολογημένο Postapocalypse είναι sleazιά ολκής, έχει τρελό κέφι και άν και δε συγκρίνεται ποιοτικά με αριστουργήματα (Χα,χα) του είδους,παρ΄όλα αυτά βλέπεται ευχάριστα.

Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες και τρελή γλαφυρότητα στην Αγγλόφωνη βερσιόν της παρουσίασης,σας αφήνω με το εξώφυλλο της Ελληνικής VHS…


It’s time for an amusing,late entry in the postnuke-dystopian,postapocalyptic action genre ,shot on a shoestring.Well,it’s no secret that I have a soft spot for that particular genre,so haters eat my nuclear dust…

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family seeks refuge in Safehaven, a community protected from the ravages of the outside world by a contingency of armed guards. However, once they settle into Safehaven, they discover that the guards run the community with an iron fist.They soon learn that “Safehaven 186” is no walk in the park as the protectors have become brutal megalomaniacs who terrorize the entire community with their self-imposed “laws”.However their brutal tactics have spawned a resistance movement that tries to enlist the aid of the new arrivals.

OF COURSE… this one brings nothing new to the table.To a certain extent it has quite a few common features with “Quarantine”(,except one… it’s a much funnier movie to watch.For example the villains in this one are extremely…errr villainous and it’s really fun to watch their antics.Other than that,it’s the sleaze that is delivered in spades here,where should we start?Violence,nudity,or the fact that the so called rebels are being executed by hanging for the equivalent of literally speaking to a relatively higher than usual vocal tone to some of the regime officials(officials,the irony…)…Oh my brethren hark, the regime of  the Safehaven consists of the Mayor among others: a pompous British accented neatly dressed middle aged man,a fact that is of course peculiar.Imagine witnessing a Shakespearean figure of sorts being the mayor of a,pardon my French,shithole in a dystopian environment.Then it’s his minions…holy mother of goons!The arch-goon called “Preacher” is another British accented,albeit flamboyant,but somehow nastier character than the mayor and then you have the rest of the crew…Big men with red eagles sown in their shoulders.Last but not least you’ve got a blond bombshell who likes torturing people and acting naughty with a whip.Epic stuff.


What is left to be said after all of the above?If you love sleaze and non-serious material,step in.At least this motion picture is not pretentious and for a good reason as superficial sentimentalism and pseudosocial commentary are luckily left out of the agenta.

Of course “Inferno in Safehaven” is far from being a masterpiece…




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