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Prey of the Jaguar (1996)

A cop trains in martial arts to become a superhero to go after the killers of his wife and son.

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David DeCoteau

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxwell Caulfield ... Derek Leigh
Stacy Keach ... The Commander
Linda Blair ... Cody Johnson
Trevor Goddard ... Damien Bandera
Paul Regina ... Randall Bentley
Paul Bartel ... Toymaker
Tom Badal Tom Badal ... Roger Reed
Fiona Hutchison Fiona Hutchison ... Karen Leigh (as Fiona Hutchinson)
Steven Vincent Leigh Steven Vincent Leigh ... Kenichi Tanaka
John Fujioka ... Master Yee
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Sonny DePazos
Devon Michael Devon Michael ... Jeremy Leigh
Benjamin Gates Jr. Benjamin Gates Jr. ... Will Jackson
Mike McSween Mike McSween ... Tommy Chilton
Vic Trevino ... Gino
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When his wife and son are brutally murdered by a fugitive drug lord that he helped put behind bars, former Special Ops agent Derek Leigh vows to avenge their deaths. After mastering lethal fighting skills at the hands of a martial arts instructor, he assumes the identity of The Jaguar - a vigilante superhero from his son's drawings - and with nothing more to lose, sets out on a fierce, one-man blood hunt to bring the criminals to final justice. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Vengeance Created A Superhero... See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Goofs

Derek Leigh and his family live in a modest, 1950s ranch-style home. Later, we are shown an aerial view of the neighborhood and see nothing but huge, expensive new homes with tile roofs. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 34 secs to remove all shots of nunchakus and throwing stars. See more »

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Pray your fast forward button doesn't jam!
2 February 2010 | by Mike_NogaSee all my reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Pray your fast forward button doesn't jam!, November 24, 2008

I like B movies, superhero movies and revenge movies, so when I find a B movie superhero revenge flick, well that's some of the sweetest cream of all.

Unfortunately though, this cinematic cream is close to turning bad. It's not curdled yet, but it's starting to chunkify. It's more like cinematic Half and Half, half good movie and half not so good. It breaks down like this;

Derek Leigh is an undercover agent for the SOC, an agency so Top Secret that we never clearly learn what the acronym SOC means. He puts away the son of a huge drug lord, Bandera, and then drops into the Witness Relocation Program so that the drug lord can't get revenge on him.

The movie starts 8 years later. Bandera is locked up in a Federal pen, which is remarkably short of both federal employees and prisoners. I knew something was up with this movie when Bandera steps out of his cot wearing leopard skin print underwear. I know there is a prison in the Southwest where the warden makes the prisoners wear bright pink skivvies in order to make their stay less pleasant and them, therefore, less likely to return. But I don't know what kind of prison issues leopard skin underwear and I'm not sure I want to know.

Anyhow, Bandera's cartel breaks him out while the prison is transferring him to another facility. The cartel is well funded and organized and they manage to pull off the break out easily, although not without employing some inept martial arts. It was the same style martial art practiced by Gil Gerard and William Shatner and other middle-aged action heroes, a style with a name like Creaky Mantis or Winded Monkey. Luckily they were so inept they were funny.

Of course Bandera ices our hero's family and although that bit of violence happens off camera, we are there when he discovers their bodies and let me tell you he emits a "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" that would put Darth Vader to shame. Bandera tries to ice Derek at his job site (He's a roofer! Thanks a lot Witness Protection Program!!!) But the metal wine flask he carries in his pocket saves Derek. "Whatever the vintage" says the cop who finds his unconscious body, this wine saved his life".

That cop is played by none other than Linda Blair. I have to warn you though that this is not the sultry, pouty, "I don't care if she's possessed because I would pork the devil out of her" Linda Blair from the woman in prison movies. This is the late 90's Edie McClurg in training Linda Blair.

She and her partner, a detective who looks like a statue of Dennis Franz sculpted from cottage cheese, end up trying to track Derek down once he becomes Jaguar.

Now this is an interesting little angle. Derek's kid loved superheroes and he created his own little comic books. His favorite creation was Jaguar, a man who made his body and mind strong so he could fight crime. Derek patterns his crime fighting costume very closely after the costume his kid had designed, in order to honor his son. Wow, that's different, and probably the most interesting angle in the entire movie. Unfortunately the design of the costume doesn't work very well on film as Jaguar looks like one of the Village People of the Future come back through a wormhole in time.

I won't spoil the rest of the movie for you except to say Jaguar's revenge involves the liberal use of explosive tipped crossbow bolts.

This movie wanted to be Batman meets Out for Justice but didn't achieve that awesome synthesis because, in a word, it was half-ased. The writing, directing, acting and design were all done to a half measure. That's too bad because it had the potential to become a nice little low budget gem. Instead it's more of a zirconium. It's one of those movies that truly deserve a good remake.


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