On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we’re heading back to 1973 and the surprisingly Filipino-centric war film A TASTE OF HELL. Starring William Smith as an American soldier helping local villagers fight off the Japanese during World War II and John Gardwood as a soldier who gets horribly burned by a Japanese attack and haunts the nearby villages as a monstrous hunchback! It’s real weird. But it does have a delightful moustache twirling performance by Vic Diaz, and also a pretty amazing decapitation that may or may not directly involve the man. Check it out!

Beware! They are still at large! On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ it’s 1974’s SAVAGE SISTERS, a wonderfully cartoonish (sorta) women-in-prison film full of outrageous humor, double crossing and – of course Vic Diaz as ONE EYE. Gloria Hendry, Cheri Caffaro and Rosanna Ortiz play the titular characters, with Sid Haig, Eddie Garcia and John Ashley (who also produced) as their often ridiculous foils. What did we think? Listen and find out!


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Vic Diaz is a character actor often referred to as “The Filipino Peter Lorre” and best known for his appearances in the Roger Corman-produced Philippines-lensed exploitation films of the 1970s. On WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ?, Liam and Doug dig deep into the talented performer’s career, examining his films and – in turn – the evolution of the Filipino film industry.

Our first episode focuses on the controversial women-in-prison film THE BIG BIRD CAGE!

Watch The Big Bird Cage on ShoutFactory TV right here.

On our next episode, we’ll be looking at 1988’s WHITEFORCE, which can be watched on Tubi right here.