While Bruce Willis and Eli Roth are busy trashing the "good" name of the Death Wish franchise with their recent reboot, what better time to fondly recall the utterly insane heights of the original Charles Bronson-starring revenge thriller franchise?
Though the series started off as a fairly earnest, stripped-down meditation on the nature of revenge, by the third entry it had exploded into self-parody, but Death Wish 3 sadly couldn't make this list due to scraping 6% on the Tomatometer.
The only entry into the series to be universally panned, then, is the hilariously-titled 1993 finale, in which a 70-something Bronson attempts to avenge - wait for it - the death of his girlfriend.
The movie is unapologetically stupid but also an absolute riot. Some of Bronson's more memorable kills include using a remote control exploding football, torturing a man to death with clingfilm and shooting the big bad - played with delicious ham by the late Michael Parks - into a vat of acid.
Death Wish V also gets a few plus points for not featuring a rape scene - an icky staple of the series - and Bronson actually being half-credible in the action sequences despite his age. It's not a good movie, but it is a whole lot of fun.
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