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Hard (1998)

Charles Lanyer , Michael Waite , John W. Huckert  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Lanyer, Michael Waite, Vincent Bilancio, Ken Narasaki, Steve Gonzales
  • Directors: John W. Huckert
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Westlake
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBM2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hard" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director, producer, and actor
  • Deleted scenes
  • Malcom Moorman's audition
  • Trailers

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When a series of brutal killings of young male hustlers awakens the police to the threat of a serial killer rookie detective Raymond Vates (Noel Palomaria) and his seasoned partner detective Tom Ellis (Charles Lanyer) battle an intolerant police department that is indifferent to these "misdemeanor killings". Jack (Malcolm Moorman) Is the killing machine seeking out the runaways and other lost souls who gather around the hot glow of Hollywood's neon underworld leaving a wake of mutilated bodies behind him. No other movie has ever captured the essence of the psychopathic sadist's mind with the precision of HARD.System Requirements:Running Time: 90 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/CRIME & CRIMINALS UPC: 798622348326 Manufacturer No: WLV3483

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a full description from the distributor. November 5, 2004
"Hard," a strident, grisly thriller about a gay serial killer in Los Angeles who plays fiendish cat-and-mouse games with a closeted gay cop assigned to his case, isn't exactly the Jeffrey Dahmer story, although there are some obvious similarities. The killer, Jack (Malcolm Moorman), a handsome super-macho type who preys on young hustlers, drifters and hitchhikers, doesn't store his victims' body parts in a refrigerator in anticipation of tasty cannibalistic treats.

The few victims who aren't garroted and castrated after being tortured and sodomized are transported to the cavernous basement of an abandoned theater where they are bound, gagged and strung up like slabs of meat to await further torture and possible execution.

The movie, directed by John Huckert, might be described as a crude, independently produced corrective to "Cruising," William Friedkin's ludicrous homosexual horror film of 1980. "Hard" isn't ludicrous, just unrelentingly grim and depressing. Almost as villainous as the serial killer in the world of "Hard" are the Los Angeles police officers the movie portrays as rabid homophobes.

The film's main character, Raymond (Noel Palomaria), is a freshman homicide detective who is deep in the closet when the story begins. While investigating the slaying and mutilation of a gay man, Raymond visits a bar patronized by the victim and encounters Jack, who, intuiting Raymond's homosexuality, aggressively pursues him, eventually breaking down his defenses. The two go home to Raymond's for sex. But when the detective awakens in the morning, he finds himself handcuffed to the bed. Instead of releasing Raymond, Jack makes off with his police badge and taunts him to come find him.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gay Serial Killers Need Love Too September 19, 2006
I actually saw this film in the one theater it was shown at in Los Angeles. It is a nasty little trifle about a gay serial killer torturing and killing young men. A police detective, with a secret of his own (wonder what that could be), becomes involved and entwined with not just the case--but the killer, too.

This is a "gay movie" made for a certain audience. If you're not in that audience, don't bother. You can see the same thing, done much better, in 1 billion other serial killer movies. I do not subscribe, however, to the philosophy of many people who embrace any "gay movie", regardless of it's actual merit, with love and a 5-star rating.

Let's speak honestly. Is this movie very good? No. The acting is amateurish, the police procedural is comical, the killings are typically over-the-top. Wait a minute, didn't I just describe lots of B-movie, straight-to-video clunkers. You bet.

I did appreciate, however, that finally there was a different type of "gay movie". It's not a cornball coming-out comedy. It's not an AIDs story. It's not a message movie. The film has no agenda other than to be entertaining. And in that, you get lots of gore and lots of nudity and a certain amount of suspense. It is quite graphic. And most people would watch this type of film for just those reasons.

You can see better "gay movies". You can see better "serial killer" thrillers. This movie, however, throws no punches and is under no illusions of grandeur. If you need an empty-headed entertainment and you like this type of film--go for it. If you're in an artistic mood--give it a pass. KGHarris, 9/06.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Many Studio Movies August 10, 2011
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This is a great B Movie in Noir genre. Though it's obviously shot on a shoe-string budget, this never gets in the way of the flow of the drama. It's a good, cop serial killer drama that is satisfyingly acted and directed from beginning to end.

I recommend it as an entertaining way, for those who love cop dramas, to spend an easy hour and a half of an evening.

As for the reviewer who found it "too gay", well he/she obviously has some personal problems that should have nothing to do with appreciating a well structured, B cop movie with good acting and reasonably good cinematography.

One would have to have an unusually _warped_ perception to see this movie as "porn" rather than the good B movie it is.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally released! December 31, 2004
I saw this movie about 5 years ago in the theater and was in SHOCK. Me and my hard-to-scare friend were at the edge of our seats. It never came out on VHS or DVD until now! So I bought it. While the lead actor's (the killers) acting is not as believable as I once thought (I was younger then...) the movie is still great. All of the actors are perfect for their parts, and one gets the impression there may one day be apart two. There is a lot of sex and violence in this, both very realistic. It deals with a gay cop who is forced to come out to explain an unusual happening (don't want to spoil it for you!) and a gay killer, who is sadistic and clearly has issues with societies treatment of gay youth in trouble. He is under the impression he is putting them out of their misery, and is sort of a dark angel. Others disagree! I don't really see how this can be compared to 'Cruising' (although it has been) but in my opinion, there has never been another gay film like this one. If so...this was the first of it's kind. I have the feeling availability is limited, so you might want to endorse in this now. The DVD itself has quite a few extras on it, and a LOT of interesting deleted scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, serial killer is magnetic
One of the best gay horror thrillers i have seen, and i should know. One of the main pluses here is the sexuality of thre serial killer, he is magnetic and as dangerous as he is i... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Toby T. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard
I like this movie. it has been out there a while and I always wanted to watch it,I finally just got on Amazon and ordered it
Published 7 months ago by David Sizemore
2.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS OKAY
Published 7 months ago by Rob Laska
3.0 out of 5 stars Really 2 1/2 stars
First the good news the actor who played the killer Malcolm Moorman, was very believable and did a great job. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars just watch
if you love a good who done it and a good in your face your going to love this movie I watch it 3 time's in one sitting this is a must watch
Published 9 months ago by teddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad
This was not worth the purchase. I can't begin to express how good this movie wasn't. I can wait to purchase more in the future.
Published 9 months ago by Henry Wayne Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars the gay cop movie
seemed to be low budget but is in fact a film of gay sexuality and probably not for kids.I however enjoyed watching this drama with a gay cop.
Published 10 months ago by henry baca
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard is hard core
This is a hard core thriller with twists and turns in the plot that will keep you watching. Grisly, hard-core, gay themed, but more than that, it is good. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Theatreman
3.0 out of 5 stars Coulda Been a Very Good Flic
I bought this on Amazon. Unfortunately it misses being a good movie for reasons that could have been easily rectified: 1. Read more
Published 14 months ago by F. P. Dunbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Gay and Gruesome
If you like gay and gruesome, this one is for you. Sexy killer, sexy cop - and interesting variations on themes familiar to those who love "Silence of the Lambs" etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by David G. Zak
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