In fact, if you're reading SciFiHistory.Net closely then you're likely to stumble across Castellari's name in several key places. This Italian director, producer, screenwriter, and actor is mentioned alongside some of the bigger B-Movies of his era, including such spectacles as The Humanoid (1979), 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982), Warriors Of The Wasteland (1983), Escape From The Bronx (1983), and Sinbad Of The Seven Seas (1989). Once again, folks, I'll remind readers that simply mentioning these films isn't meant to be any testament to their quality; what I do here is celebrate these projects -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- but I do tend to leave it up to you to make what you will of them. However, I'd be remiss if I failed to point out that it was Castellari's 1978 war classic The Inglorious Bastards that inspired auteur Quentin Tarantino to pick up the baton and make his own tidy little epic in the same vein.
So Castellari is certainly no lightweight, and his 1985 SciFi-lite flick Light Blast certainly enjoys its own share of supporters and detractors. Castellari script this one with frequent collaborator Tito Carpi, and he brought in some acting heavyweights as Erik Estrada, Ennio Girolami, and Peggy Rowe to round out his cast. Here's the plot summary as provided by IMDB.com:
"A crazed physician invents a death ray and threatens to destroy San Francisco unless he is paid $10 million."