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Product Details

  • Actors: Noel Palomaria, Malcolm Moorman, Charles Lanyer, Michael Waite, Paula Kay Perry
  • Directors: John Huckert
  • Writers: John Matkowsky, John Huckert
  • Producers: Noel Palomaria, John Matkowsky, John Huckert, Dan Wingard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Westlake
  • Release Date: Feb. 20 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000MGBM2C
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Product Description

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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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Im a lover of horror films and this one was great and I always wanted to own it June 22 2016
By Getting The Good Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
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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. Its dark, twisted, messed up everything you expect from a good horror thriller.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally released! Dec 31 2004
By Damon Devine - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Suspense thriller. March 27 2009
By Gregory J. Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't like giving away the plot of the movie, so I'll just say this movie is a mix of Silence Of The Lambs mixed with Se7en. It has a great plot. Lots of suspense, and it is rather explicit. I have the unrated directors cut. Overall it is great viewing, and a great price.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film!!! Jan. 5 2007
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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This film had me on the edge of my seat the night that I watched it. It is a great detective story and murder mystery which is gay based. It is unusual in it's own genre and very enjoyable. There is also a good twist in the end of the movie. Highly recommended to anyone that likes a good murder mystery that is also a gay movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising... July 27 2009
By C.T. Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Where William Friedkin's luridly exploitative gay-themed crime drama CRUISING dropped the ball, HARD picks up that missed opportunity and runs with it. Its low-budget origins are undeniable, and the acting talent, which ranges from fairly good to almost non-existent, happens to be the best the producers could get for free (one must assume that 99% of the cast worked for 'deferred pay' or no money at all.) But the true power of the movie lies in its message - about the aftermath of society's proclivity to marginalize and even isolate a segment of the community it considers less-than-human and utterly disposable.

Newly-promoted Detective Ray Vates (co-producer and star Noel Palomaria) is almost immediately thrust into a grisly serial murder case with his hard-bitten partner (Charles Lanyer), involving the brutal mutilation and murder of a string of male hustlers and teen runaways in the seediest areas of Los Angeles. Compounding the difficulties he faces in this investigation - no viable witnesses, virulently homophobic colleagues - is the secret that Ray carries himself: he's deeply in the closet to everyone (except for his ex-wife).

While canvassing a gay bar for witnesses, one of the same kinds of bars he frequents in his off-duty hours, Ray encounters Jack (Malcolm Moorman), a handsome, charismatic patron who contacts Ray again and challenges him about his "secret identity." Their rough, antagonistic second meeting sparks irresistible sexual chemistry between the two men, and a night of passionate sex ensues. The cold morning light brings even more chilling reality with it, when Ray discovers that Jack is the serial killer he's been hunting all along, and a smirking Jack steals the detective's badge, taunting him to "come and find me."

But that means that Ray is forced to confront his greatest fear - coming out to everyone in the precinct and to the world, something he's left no choice but to do, and a decision that leaves him vulnerable, reviled and ostracized by everyone save his straight partner, whose help Ray will rely on as the desperate game of cat-and-mouse between him and Jack escalates, leading to a suspenseful and chilling climax.

Regardless of the technical and creative shortcomings, HARD is definitely an admirable effort from the team of Palomaria, John Huckert and John Matkowsky. The writing is insightful, sharp and well-researched, incorporating the aspects, habits and psyche of a serial killer in an alarmingly realistic way that not even SILENCE OF THE LAMBS or SEVEN did. The sadomasochistic relationship between Jack and the bisexual married man whose home and family he completely takes over, recalls episodes from the life of Henry Lee Lucas and his lover/accomplice, Otis Toole. And several close encounters Jack has with the police, with his intended victims in plain sight, intentionally reference documented events that took place in the Jeffrey Dahmer case.

The production values and cinematography are outstanding for a film with such a limited budget, and acting-wise, Palomaria as Ray Vates, Malcolm Moorman as Jack and Charles Lanyer as "Lucky", Jack's partner all carry the film admirably with their understated but committed performances.

Lovers of gritty crime dramas would find much to like here, if they can accept that HARD is completely uncompromising about scenes that will make more than a few viewers balk even more than the violence...especially the depictions of men having sex together. This is not a politically-correct, Hollywood-sanitized product for mass-market appeal. Much like BASIC INSTINCT took an unblinking look at the sexual proclivities of its flawed hero and voraciously promiscuous anti-heroine, HARD does the same for its main characters as well.

And as for the violence, the film takes the tried-and-true classic "less is more" approach, which is incredibly effective. The killings, torture and rape are seen more after-the-fact, letting the viewers' minds fill in the blanks and making what little on-screen brutality that is shown that much more effective.

The filmmakers have flung down a gauntlet that the big-name "players" of the industry would never accept, and in a way, I'm glad. HARD is intended to be the first part of a trilogy, and I certainly hope that the production team gets their chance to complete it. The characters of Ray and Jack are memorable enough that you do wind up wanting to know what happens to them after the end of this film. It's certainly HARD not to think about it...