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Hero and the Terror (1988)

Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the ... See full summary »

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Kay
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Robinson
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Simon Moon
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Dwight
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Mayor
Murphy Dunne ...
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Betsy
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Dobeny
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Dr. Highwater
Joe Guzaldo ...
Copelli
Peter Miller ...
Chief Bridges
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Ginger (as Karen Witter)
Lorry Goldman ...
Ginger's Manager
Christine Wagner ...
Doctor
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Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the people of L.A. Now Simon has escaped and has started killing women again, and O'Brien is the only man who can stop him. Written by Darryl Schneider <fish2@datanet.ab.ca>

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Heroes hit hardest.


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26 August 1988 (USA)  »

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$5,301,200 (USA)
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The last movie Steve James made with Menaham Golan and Yoram Globus, but not with the Cannon film company. That film was American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989) See more »

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At the beginning of the movie The Terror falls through ladders and the following close-up shot of the individual rungs breaking reveals them to be clearly sawn beforehand. See more »

Quotes

Danny O'Brien: Well, the way I see it, Victor, you have two choices: you can swim for it or you can give it up.
Victor: [chuckles] I'm gonna break you like a bad habit numb-nuts.
Danny O'Brien: Well, that is a third choice.
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References Meet the Press (1947) See more »

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Two Can Be One
Music by David Michael Frank (as David M. Frank)
Lyric by Robert Jason and Denise Osso
Performed by Joe Pizzulo and Stephanie Reach
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I'm a sucker for movie house madness
26 September 2011 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Cop Danny O'Brien (Chuck Norris) starts having nightmares about his heroic arrest of serial killer Simon Moon (Jack O'Halloran) from three years prior. This is bad news because it is messing up his relationship with his pregnant psychiatrist girlfriend Kay (Brynn Thayer). Oh, and it also sucks because Moon has escaped from prison and started killing again while hiding out inside a recently remodeled movie theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Norris only did a few films in his career that fell under the horror category (this, SILENT RAGE, HELLBOUND); if SILENT RAGE was his take on FRANKENSTEIN, then HERO AND THE TERROR is Chuck's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Of course, I'm a sucker for any horror movie set in a theater, so I still enjoyed this on a revisit even if it isn't very good. Moon has all the personality of Andrew from HELL NIGHT (1981) and the same "heavy on the corpses and candles" home design sensibilities as Jason circa Friday THE 13th PART 2 (1981). Novelist Michael Blodgett adapted his own book for this along with co-writer Dennis Shryack, who has some good horror credits with THE CAR (1977) and MURDER BY PHONE (1982). The plot is pretty flimsy and the drama between Norris and his crazy seeming fiancé is really rough. Their birthday dinner scene is really odd to the point I was screaming for Norris to ditch this crazy chick. Also, the idea that Norris is the only one who believes the killer is in the theater after three mysterious deaths is laughable. Still, there are some memorable bits including a final showdown that fulfills my wildest theater setting fantasies. Co-starring Steve James as Norris' partner and Ron O'Neal as The Mayor.


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