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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 Fates (Noel Palomaria) and his seasoned partner detective Tom Ellis (Charles Lanyer) battle an intolerant police department that is indifferent to these "misdemeanor killings". The serial killer seeks 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." - Henry F. Fradella, J.D., Ph.D.
- Commentary by director, producer, and actor
- Deleted scenes
- Malcom Moorman's audition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I saw this movie in the theater years ago when it came out. Im a lover of horror films and this one was great and I always wanted to own it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Getting The Good Stuff
Hard is an extremely entertaining film that had it all for me: an attention-holding plot; reasonably-good acting; some interesting twists & turns; some eye candy; and an unexpected... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rob C. in Maine
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Toby T. Ross
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 itPublished on March 28, 2014 by David Sizemore
I WAS NOT INTERESTED IN THE MOVIE AFTER THE FIRST FIFTEEN MINUTES OF IT. COULD OF BEEN BETTER PLOTTED SORRYPublished on March 18, 2014 by Rob Laska
First the good news the actor who played the killer Malcolm Moorman, was very believable and did a great job. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Russell S
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 watchPublished on January 7, 2014 by teddy