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Hard [Import]

Noel Palomaria , Malcolm Moorman , John Huckert    R (Restricted)   DVD

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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. Nov. 5 2004
By Clubthings - Published on Amazon.com
"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. When the detective's straight, hard-boiled police partner, Ellis (Charles Lanyer), shows up, Raymond's secret is out. Ellis is the only male officer to stand by Raymond, who is taunted and beaten up by two fellow cops. A subplot follows Jack's seduction of a married man (Michael Waite). Moving into the man's house as a supposed guest, Jack menaces his host's young son and arranges for the boy's mother to catch him in flagrante with her husband.

"Hard" is a nasty piece of work whose sadism and visual fixation on bluish, blood-stained corpses recalls David Fincher's "Seven".
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gay Serial Killers Need Love Too Sept. 19 2006
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better Than Many Studio Movies Aug. 10 2011
By michael v. sheehan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally released! Dec 31 2004
By Damon Devine - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well made with good story line April 18 2009
By Buc - Published on Amazon.com
This is a well-made crime drama with strong gay erotic content, good acting, and with a underlying cultural comment about homophobia. Don't watch it if you are homophobic, otherwise you'll find it excellent even if you are not into the man-man sex parts.

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