The Exterminator
The Exterminator (1980)

John Eastland (Robert Ginty) has vowed to avenge his buddy from the Vietnam War days when the friend is permanently disabled by a street gang. Revenge in this case involves not simply killing all the "guilty parties," but… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 1980
DVD Release Date: May 26, 1998
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Glickenhaus has enough skill to generate intense kinetic excitement out of trumped-up pretexts.

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Tom Buckley
New York Times

Even connoisseurs of violence will be disappointed in The Exterminator since its grisly events are not actually shown on screen.

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TV Guide

One of the most wretched of all film genres is the vigilante justice movie, and this must-to-avoid Death Wish takeoff is one of the worst of its ilk.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Exterminator is a sick example of the almost unbelievable descent into gruesome savagery in American movies.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Prime revenge action cinema that will feed the appetites of fans of Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson...

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John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

Right-wing nonsense

Variety Staff

An action film with little action. Contrived script instead opts for grotesque violence in a series of glum, distasteful scenes.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As depicted literally here, going through the meat grinder is an apt metaphor for the Vietnam experience, and for the intended impact on audiences of movies like this one.

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Scott Weinberg

D-grade Death Wish leech.

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Christopher Brown
It's been a very long while since I've seen this one, but I still remember some parts vividly. Well done Vigilante film.
Randy Tippy
Deathwish II meets Rambo III. Campy, cult-ish film that's just bad enough to be fun. Best viewed in a room full of lightly inebriated friends.
Francisco Godinho
This movie became infamous for exploitative scenes of violence and gore... that don't happen at all, they're mostly suggestive but whatever. The… More