Skyscraper Trailer: The Rock Tries His Best to Die Hard

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Goes All Yippee Ki Yay.

If you tuned into Super Bowl 52 (LII for the numeral), you might have been able to catch some of the big trailers unveiled between Tide ads and, you know, American football. While Solo took the big fan boy gasps, a new movie called Skyscraper starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson perhaps gave ultimate action movie fans a chance to rekindle some ultimate action movie fan feelings they haven’t had since Bruce Willis Ho, Ho, Ho-ed all over Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard.

Skyspcraper’s Ultimate Action

It takes a certain type of ultimateness to get a pure action movie made in today’s day and age. Skyscraper seems to fit the bill of what it means to be an action flick in a post 9/11 international market. Starring an American veteran who lost a leg in battle, Skyscraper looks to take place in China in a new Sauron-esque mega-skyscraper which quickly terrifies the general public once it inevitably goes up in flames. The premises seems a good mix of heavy-Americanism packaged for a strong worldwide box office draw. However, the action looks legit, if not spectacle-filled, which suits The Rock just fine as a duly capable action fighter and stunt man – plus his average Joe quips look top notch.

Similarities to Die Hard

To ultimate action movie fans, Skyscraper also almost immediately seems like a thematic reboot to the Bruce Willis franchise-starter Die Hard, which came out 30 years ago in 1988. Both movies have their star trapped in an building while trying to save love ones against hijacking terrorists. While Skyscraper’s stunts might look more dramatic (at least the main one off the crane which is heavily featured in the trailer and the branding), Bruce Willis did his fair share of leaps and bounds while eluding Hans and his merry German terrorists.

It’s still to be seen how closely the internal plot in Skyscraper lines up with Die Hard’s. In one short sequence shown in the trailer we see the supposed terrorists disguised as some sort of maintenance team, while Die Hard’s terrorist organization infiltrated Nakatomi Plaza in a courier service truck. Although, it also looks like The Rock is captured by the terrorists rather early on and has his family dramatically threatened, while John McClane more aptly sneaks around knocking the terrorists off to his usual tongue-in-cheek delight – but that might more of a sign of the times than anything else.

Either way, we’ll know more as more information and trailers are unveiled in anticipation of its promised summer 2018 release date (3D release is scheduled for July 13th, 2018). The movie is written and directed by Rawson M. Thurber, who worked with The Rock on Central Intelligence (as well as, um, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story) and also stars Neve CampbellChin HanRoland MøllerPablo SchreiberByron MannHannah Quinlivan, and Noah Taylor.

Article by Jourdan Aldredge – born in the golden year of action cinema (1987), Jourdan has been an ultimate action movie fan and avid VHS collector since high school. He is an original founding member of the Ultimate Action Movie Club and the Managing Editor of the blog.

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Celebrating Cannon Films’ Greatest Action Movie – American Ninja (1985)

American Ninja: Cannon’s Perfection

In 1981, Van Halen released “Fair Warning,” their fourth LP. (Note to younger readers: the acronym “LP” stands for long play, i.e., full-length records — which preceded MP3s, compact discs and tapes. Google it if you don’t believe me.) After recording eight songs, the band thought they had the album “in the can.” But after unplugging their instruments and winding down, producer Ted Templeman said they needed one more song. Begrudgingly, they re-entered the studio, plugged in, and in one take recorded “One Foot out the Door”, what I believe to be a perfect song.

No overdubs. No re-recordings. ONE TAKE.

Much can be said of the cinematic output from Cannon Films in their 1980s heyday: schlock, low-budget, cheap, etc. But to me, American Ninja is as perfect a movie as they ever produced.

An Ultimate Action Movie Club Review

Released in 1985, American Ninja starred Michael Dudikoff as Joe Armstrong, a private in the U.S. Army. Joe’s father was stationed there during his service. After Joe’s dad was killed in an explosion, Joe was taken in and raised by Shinjuki (played by John Fujioka), who raised him as a son. You see, Shinjuki was secretly a ninja who had imparted his years of wisdom onto Joe throughout his life, for he lacked sons of his own to impart his wisdom on.

But just because Joe was trained as a ninja doesn’t mean he walked around like a bad ass. He’s not some well-oiled killing machine. Oh, no; he has amnesia from the explosion. His body reacts and performs ninjutsu, basically from muscle memory. While he acts heroically, it’s all reactive, not proactive. Therein lies the rub.

Joe was somewhat of a troublemaker as a youth and enlisted in the Army as a way of avoiding jail time. While there, he just wanted to be alone, do his time and avoid trouble — but trouble seemed to have a way of finding him. Although he tried his hardest to be a loner, Joe befriended Cpl. Curtis Jackson, played by the late Steve James. Jackson was demonstrating martial arts to servicemen when Joe walked by. Taunting him for the deaths of soldiers that occurred in the movie’s open, Jackson tried to goad Joe into a scuffle on the base. However, one does not scuffle with a ninja unscathed. Joe easily takes Jackson, even at one time with a metal bucket over his head! A friendship that would spill over into 1987’s American Ninja 2 (The Confrontation) would develop.

Remember how I said trouble had a way of finding Joe? Throughout the movie, a slow romance develops between him and Patricia (played by Judie Aronson of Weird Science fame). However, when Joe stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Patricia’s dad, Col. William Hickock (who heads the Army base), it lands him in jail.

With friends and believers few and far between, and an evil wrist rocket-wearing ninja (you gotta love Cannon!) out to get him, Joe must dig deep into his ninjutsu repertoire to save the day, get the girl, and star in the sequel.

The Multiple Levels of Perfection

I could delve deeper into a review, but this movie needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. As I’ve said before, I truly think it’s perfect on so many levels:

  • The reluctant hero trying to control his powers (comic books have been using this trope for nearly a century now)
  • The trusty, loyal sidekick who’s a good fighter, but not better than the protagonist
  • The love interest, who doesn’t rely upon gratuitous nudity to advance the plot
  • The father-figure elder/trainer
  • The antagonist (think of the wildest version of the word “ninja” you can, and multiply that by 100)

You get the picture.

American Ninja has been released on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray. As God is my witness, it’s the only movie I own on all three media. I’ve collected American Ninja advertising, marketing and promotional materials. I also own original movie posters of it and its first sequel.

It is that perfect to me.

“Honor the code” and watch it sometime. Then feel free to let me know what you think of it.

Part Tony Manero, part Rocky Balboa, John Acquavita is a N.Y.-area transplant currently living in Ohio. He uses his “particular set of skills” to contribute to various websites covering 1980s-era action movies.

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9 Unforgettably Awful Lines From Ultimate Action Movies

Ultimately Awful One Liners.

There’s a scene in Hard Ticket to Hawaii, the 1987 action flick by BBB (bullets, bombs and boobs) director Andy Sidaris, where DEA agent Rowdy Abilene (played by Ronn Moss) yells out to a girl jogging away from him on the beach: “Hey Colleen! You’ve got a great ass.” Colleen’s response? “So do you, pilgrim.”

Bad lines and action movies go together like grilled cheese and tomato soup. Some of this cheesy dialogue, like the aforementioned line, is intentional. Hard Ticket to Hawaii was always meant to be tongue and cheek, and in this case, it works. But, there are plenty of lines in action movies that fall flat, bringing the action to a grinding halt, and leaving the audience groaning.

These are some of those lines.

Samurai Cop (1991)

Synopsis: Mathew Karedas is Samurai Cop. He’s a cop, who’s also a samurai. I mean, what else do you need? The title alone sells itself.
Who said it: Robert Z’Dar as Yamashita
Quote: “I will bring you his head, and I will place it on your piano.”
Why it’s bad: In a movie filled with epically bad dialogue (like this speech) it’s hard to find a line that wouldn’t end up on this list. But the last thing anybody really wants is a rotting severed head on a white baby grand piano. That’s how you get ants.

The Order (2001)

Synopsis: Rudy (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a thief go goes to Israel in search of his father – an archeologist on a quest to find religious artifacts. Basically, Indiana Jones with Han Solo in the lead role.
Who said it: Jean-Claude Van Damme as Rudy Cafmeyer
Quote: (answering the question: Did someone get shot?) “No. I Farted.”
Why it’s bad: Farts are funny. Fart sounds are funny. Trying to cover up a fart by coughing or asking, “did anyone see that elephant?” is funny. I the middle of a shootout, it just doesn’t work. Sorry, JCVD. Any line would have been an improvement, including something as juvenile as, “No, it’s your mom.”

Above the Law (1988)

Synopsis: Nico (Steven Seagal), a Chicago cop who happens to be former Special Ops well versed in Aikido and breaking arms, uncovers CIA covert operations while bringing down drug dealers in his hometown. 
Who said it: Steven Seagal as Nico Toscani
Quote: “You guys think you’re above the law. Well, you ain’t above mine.”
Why it’s bad: Let’s face it, even on a good day Steven Seagal isn’t great with the words and the talking. But this line is just a sloppy sendup to the title, and it feels forced. That said, you can pretty much create this line with any Steven Seagal movie title. “You think you’re hard to kill? You think you’re out for justice? You think you’re marked for death” You think you’re under siege” You think you’re the glimmer man? You think you’re born to raise hell?” You get the picture.

Agent Red (2000)

Synopsis: In what could be described as the only movie co-produced by the Lifetime and Spike networks, Captain Matt Hendricks (Dolph Lundgren) teams up with former fiancée Dr. Linda Christian (Meilani Paul) to keep a dangerous chemical weapon out of the hands of terrorists. Will they fall in love again?
Who said it: Dolph Lundgren as Captain Matt Hendricks, Meilani Paul as Dr. Linda Christian
Quote: Dr. Linda Christian – “You’ve never heard of Agent Red?”
Captain Matt Hendricks – “It sounds like a bad action movie.”
Why it’s bad: You really need to break the fourth wall with a line like this, wink at the audience and give them the silent “wha whaw.” In this case, however, it was an astute observation about the quality of this movie. I really hope this line was adlibbed.

Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Synopsis: Sgt. Chris Kenner (Dolph Lundgren) and partner Johnny Murata (Brandon Lee) go up against the yakuza to keep a beautiful woman (Tia Carrere) alive long enough to testify again its leader. 
Who said it: Brandon Lee as Johnny Murata (to Dolph Lundgren)
Quote: “Kenner, just in case we get killed, I wanted to tell you, you have the biggest d*** I’ve ever seen on a man.”
Why it’s bad: Ok, this line is pretty funny. I’d give it a pass, but the first time I heard it I was like, “wait, what?” Speaking of Tia Carrere, you ever watch her show, Relic Hunter? It was actually pretty cool. Not groundbreaking, it was basically Tomb Raider, but still worth checking out.

Colors (1988)

Synopsis: Los Angeles Police Officer Bob Hodges (Robert Duvall) breaks in a new partner, Officer Danny “Pac-Man” McGavin (Sean Penn), while battling gangs in LA.
Who said it: Rudy Ramos as Lieutenant Melindez
Quote: “Tampax go someplace good.”
Why it’s bad: Although Colors is technically not an action film, this line makes the list because it comes after a poignant speech about the state of gang violence in late 1980s Los Angeles. Also, ew.

Demolition Man (1993)

Synopsis: John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), wrongly convicted and sentenced to cryro-prison, is woken up in 2032 – now a society free from crime – to help the San Angeles Police track down and capture Spartan’s old nemesis, Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes).
Who said it: Sylvester Stallone as John Spartan
Quote: “You, get me a Marlboro.”
Why it’s bad: Nobody in the history of smoking has ever asked for a loosie by brand name. A pack of cigarettes? Yes. And, I know, there have been hundreds of studies done on brand loyalty of cigarette smokers, but beggars are never choosers. Maybe if Spartan asked for a Winston and then sung the old Winston jingle like Fred Flintstone did – Winston tastes goooood, like a cigarette should – that would have been something!

Blade (1998)

Synopsis: Blade (Wesley Snipes) is a half-man, half-vampire who wears a lot of leather while protecting humans from a gang of evil vampires.
Who said it: Wesley Snipes as Blade
Quote: “Some mother******s are always trying to ice-skate uphill.”
Why it’s bad: In a movie with no ice, or skating, or cold conditions, or a hill, it really comes out of nowhere. It ends the entire scene on a total WTF moment. I can think of a bunch of other cheesy one-liners they could have used: No mis-stake about it. Sink your teeth into this. This is going to suck. Time to see the light. Die, you stupid vampire jerkface.

Dark Angel a.k.a. I Come in Peace (1990)

Synopsis: Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) is a good cop who doesn’t play by the rules. When he isn’t beating drug dealers to a bloody pulp, he’s making time for his special lady. Oh, there’s an alien drug dealer who is killing people to steal their endorphins and sell them on his home planet. He keeps saying, “I come in peace,” but does he really mean it? The answer: no.
Who said it: Dolph Lundgren as Jack Caine
Quote: “F— you, spaceman!”
Why it’s bad: This movie has the distinction of having both a terrible one-liner (this one) and a fairly clever one (when the alien tells Caine “I Come in Peace” and he replies, “And you go in pieces”) within one minute of each other. They could have replaced the spaceman line with just anything else and it would have been an improvement – even “Some mother******s are always trying to ice-skate uphill.”

Article by Eric LaRose – a Wisconsin-based connoisseur of action, horror and sci-fi movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. A former journalist and podcaster, Eric wrote the ending to the Toxic Avenger Part 4, but the only person who will back up that claim is his wife.

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Jeff Speakman is the Perfect Action Hero in The Perfect Weapon (1991)

The Dos and Don’ts of Creating The Perfect Action Hero.

It was 1991, and Jeff Speakman was busy promoting his first action movie for Paramount Pictures – The Perfect Weapon. He had just signed a four-picture deal with Paramount and was looking forward to joining the cinematic ranks of Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Speakman, who at the time was a 4th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate under the late American Kenpo Karate Founder, Grandmaster Ed Parker, and a black belt in Japanese Goju-Ryu (he’s now 7th degree in both), had few acting credits to his name when he signed with Paramount (his largest being a noir thriller Side Roads along with very minor roles as a café customer in 1988’s Slaughterhouse Rock and a security guard in 1990’s Lionheart starring JCVD).

Still, Speakman was conscious of the mistakes others had made before him. As evidenced in this video, he didn’t want to be known as another action guy, he wanted to be known as an actor who could also do action. He had one movie in the can, and Paramount was already interested in a sequel and attaching Speakman to another actioner about a cop trying to foil a terrorist plot. More about that second movie later.


Unfortunately, Speakman’s journey to the upper echelon of action stardom would be stopped dead in its tracks. The Perfect Weapon underperformed, earning $14 million on its $10 million budget, and Paramount went through big leadership changes, leaving Speakman in its wake. Speakman’s next movie, Street Knight – the last movie produced by the floundering Cannon Films, barely saw a theatrical release, and Speakman’s remaining movies were made-for-cable and direct-to-video releases.

Today, The Perfect Weapon serves as a great example of what to do, and what not to do, when producing a potential action star’s introduction to audiences.

‘Street Knight’ and the Rise of Jeff Speakman as an Action Movie Star

Do This, Not That


Do: Show off fighting skills early on. Speakman is an impressive fighter, which director Mark DiSalle put on display in an early, shirtless training montage.

Don’t: Have a lame cold open. Having the hero working on a brutally hot construction site and being told he can take a water break is not a great opening scene. Skip to the training.

Do: Have an emotional backstory. Jeff Sanders had a rough childhood (yes, Jeff Speakman’s character basically had the same name). It wasn’t until he discovered Kenpo, through gentle prodding from a family friend, that he found some drive and purpose. Now, that friend needs his help.

Don’t: Take 15 minutes to tell the backstory. One-sixth of the movie is backstory, delaying the first fight scene – a sequence that’s only one minute!

Do: Be respectful of the ethnic qualities of your setting. Most of the movie takes place in Koreatown. The characters are Korean, the food is Korean, Jeff’s family friend, Kim, is Korean, and gives a great speech about the Korean experience in America. You get the picture.

Don’t: Forget the difference between ethnicities. Kim, the man who gives that speech about emigrating from Korea, is played by Mako – who is Japanese. None of the main actors are Korean. James Hong – Chinese. Seth Sakai – Hawaiian. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa – Japanese. Dante Basco – Filipino American. And even Professor Toru Tanaka – Hawaiian (who you can read more about as one of the top 10 pro-wresters turned action movie stars here.)

Do: Have a strong female lead. And you don’t get much stronger than Mariska Hargitay, who would go on to play tough-talking Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, for which she’s one both a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

Don’t: Keep her silent. Hargitay has no lines in this movie. She stares at the camera. Effective, but give the girl some lines. She had more lines in Ghoulies! GHOULIES! In fact, and I’ve watched this movie several times to verify this, there are zero lines delivered by women in this entire movie besides screams and mumbles. What?


Do: Have a major fight scene in a bar that could only be from the ‘90s. Neon lights. Loud dance music. Lots of leather. Glow-in-the-dark body paint. A confrontational or uncooperative customer. A live crocodile. Let the punching and neck snapping begin!

Don’t: Have the lead get knocked out by a beer bottle after kicking the crap out of like 10 people. Ugh. Speakman fast-punches his way through a group of angry bar patrons, snapping necks, punching throats, breaking arms, and then a guy with a beer bottle takes him out. Speakman deserved better!

Jeff Speakman is in Rare and Ultimate Form in ‘Running Red’ (1999)

The Nearly Perfect Action Star


For what it’s worth, The Perfect Weapon is worth the watch (and it is currently available to stream for Amazon Prime Members). Speakman’s fight scenes were pretty damn solid, and he wasn’t bad as an actor, either. He certainly didn’t deserve to disappear from theaters after this outing.

Speakman, by the way, never stopped kicking ass – though less of it was in front of the camera. He’s been inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Masters Hall of Fame. According to his website, Jeff lives in Las Vegas, where he oversees the largest Kenpo Karate organization in the world, the American Kenpo Karate Systems, and operates the Jeff Speakman’s Kenpo Karate 5.0 franchise schools now in 20 counties.

Fun Fact: That third movie Paramount was eyeing Speakman for? Well, Paramount lost out on the script and it went to 20th Century Fox. Now starring Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock, Speed would become the eighth-highest-grossing movies of 1994 and one of the biggest action movies of all time earning $350 million worldwide.

Article by Eric LaRose – a Wisconsin-based connoisseur of action, horror and sci-fi movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. A former journalist and podcaster, Eric wrote the ending to the Toxic Avenger Part 4, but the only person who will back up that claim is his wife.

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Original Writer Teases New Direct Sequel for RoboCop

Forget the Remake, RoboCop Goes Old School.

30 years since RoboCop came to life for the first time, the original cyber cop action hero has warmed our cold hearts and spurred a worldwide franchise. Two sequels, a live action TV series, two animated shows, video games, comic books and even a mostly unfortunate remake in 2014. However, nothing has quite matched the critical and commercial success of the original, which remains cult classic for its stylized effects, media influence and 80s cyber punk roots.

An ‘Old School’ Sequel


We’re not supposed to say too much. There’s been a bunch of other RoboCop movies and there was recently a remake and I would say this would be kind of going back to the old RoboCop we all love and starting there and going forward. So it’s a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing.

In a recent interview with Zeitgeist Magazine, writer Edward Neumeier (who wrote the original RoboCop treatment and co-wrote the script with Michael Miner) hinted that he may very well be already working on a new, direct sequel to the original which would be both a “continuation of the first movie” and “more of the old school thing.”

80s Action and Satire


It was sort of how I look at things and way, way back in the 1980’s when I was writing this, you were supposed to write action movies that were exciting, but you weren’t really supposed to write action movies that were funny or satirical and I always thought you could do that. In the 80’s that was kind of a satire about corporate America and a little bit about what was going in law enforcement and policing and stuff like that. Those were topics that I thought I could write about in a fun way and luckily I hooked up with a bunch of talented people and the movie turned out really well.

In the same interview, Neumeier talks about how action movies have aged since he first penned the original in 1987. At the time, action movies were not typically seen as funny or subversive to mainstream audiences, yet in Neumeier’s script, themes of corporate corruption, human greed and dystopian capitalism found an enjoyable balance with the typical action movie elements and plot.

Unexpected Cult Following


I had seen early screenings and people laughed at it so I thought: “Oh it might be successful” and it was more successful than anybody really knew it would be. I didn’t expect to be talking about it thirty years later. It was kind of the start of my career and later we did Starship Troopers – which was an enormous movie that took forever. I think all of that came out of that and it’s nice that people are still interested in RoboCop and they have me working on a new one at MGM right now so maybe we’ll get another one out of it.

After the 1988 writer’s strike forced Neumeier off of writing RoboCop 2 (which was aptly picked up by comic book artist Frank Miller), Neumeier eventually rejoined with RoboCop director Paul Verhoeven to create Starship Troopers, which itself went to become a hugely successful franchise in its own right (and which Neumeier was able to stay on as its primary writer). However, as RoboCop continued to spin off sequels and other iterations outside of his control, the cult reverence for his original has created an unexpected interest which has until now, been unresolved.

Article by Jourdan Aldredge – born in the golden year of action cinema (1987), Jourdan has been an ultimate action movie fan and avid VHS collector since high school. He’s an original founding member of the Ultimate Action Movie Club and the Managing Editor of the blog.

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VHS Review: College Kickboxers (1991) is a Martial Arts Revelation

The Karate Kid Goes to College.

Anyone who spent some time browsing the Action section of their local video store back in the 90’s can no doubt rattle off a few popular American Martial Arts movies- No Retreat, No Surrender, Rush Hour and just about anything starring Jean Claude Van Damme. You’d be forgiven for thinking these classics of the genre were as good as it got, but delve a little deeper into the VHS archives and I can assure you you’ll find some lesser-known but just as entertaining flicks out there. Eric Sherman’s College Kickboxers is one such ultimate action movie.

VHS is Best


In the early 2000’s one of my local video stores decided to become an industry leader and completely devote itself to DVD’s. As a movie obsessed teenager this meant only one thing- A massive, one-off sale of VHS’s at bargain basement prices. Knowing that the store would likely be mobbed by like-minded movie buffs I donned my backpack and jumped onto my BMX pronto. This sale was not something I was about to miss.

When I arrived at the store I pushed through the crowds gathered around the ‘overnights’ section, multi-million dollar blockbusters spilling out of their hands. I wasn’t about to be lured by the sirens of critically acclaimed films, I was going straight for the good stuff – The Action Section. As a skinny, pale white boy action movies were my passion, they offered me glimpses into the type of life I knew I would soon be living. Big buff heroes kicking ass and saving buxom girls, that was my future. But right now I had a store to pillage.

At $1 each I scooped up action movies by the handful, the more violent the cover-art the better. It was at the end of the ‘C’ section I came across College Kickboxers with a determined looking James Caulfied on the cover. I added it to my stack of goodies and after raiding the rest of the genre I came home with my summer holiday watching sorted. It wasn’t until a few days into my solo movie marathon that I watched the movie, but strangely it stuck with me. More to the point, the performance of Tang Tak-Wing left a definite impression- his moves were so fluid, so sharp for a man of his proportions. But more on that later.

Trained to Fight


College Kickboxers, released in the United States as Trained to Fight sticks to the same sort of story you come to expect from 90’s American marital arts movies. James Caulfield, played by Ken McLeod is a young martial arts master who finds himself in a new city for his freshman year of college. On his first day he butts heads with his bookworm roommate Mark, but after a brief tussle the two find a shared passion in martial arts and become buddies. It’s also on his first day that James encounters local badass Craig Tanner (played by Matthew Ray Cohen) and his racist, though strangely multi-ethnic martial arts gang ‘The White Tigers’.

James managed to find a job at a local Asian restaurant owned by the secretive Wu (played by Tang Tak-Wing). One evening at work James is jumped by The White Tigers who deal him a vicious 90’s style ass kicking. Wu overhears the commotion and intervenes, giving the gang members an ass kicking of their own. James, already a black belt in multiple styles, has never seen Kung Fu before and begs Wu to teach him so he can defeat Craig at an upcoming tournament. Wu declines stating that ‘Kung Fu for money no good’.

James doesn’t relent however and quickly proves his worth to Wu who eventually agrees to teach him provided he doesn’t fight in the tournament. James agrees, but after several more encounters with the White Tigers he’s forced to break his promise to Wu and enter the tournament. The tournament is a melee of un-sportsman like battles between the evil White Tigers and the other local martial arts schools resulting in a final showdown between James and Gary, the largest and most vicious member of the Tigers. Wu miraculously shows up to the tournament, gives his approval for James to kick Gary’s ass with Kung Fu (or was it Kung Wu?) and James wins the tournament, wins Wu’s approval and donates all the prize money to a local Karate school for underprivileged kids.

UAMC Review

There’s a lot to like about College Kickboxers. Tang Tak-Wing really shines through as Wu, so much so that he steals all the scenes he’s in. It’s a real shame Wing never really continued acting and stuck to behind the scenes roles after College Kickboxers. The fight scenes (which Wing choreographed) are also enjoyable to watch and thankfully avoided the zoomed-in, quick cut styling that crept into martial arts movies later in the decade. The movie also manages to stay on a positive note throughout, steering clear of the seediness often seen in low budget action movies.

The movie is far from perfect however. The dialogue is fairly poor and the acting is wooden at times (the initial scene where James meets love-interest Kimberly is cringeworthy). Probably most annoying is the Craig Tanner gang leader caricature. He rocks sunglasses indoors, wears fingerless leather gloves and tries very, very hard to give off seething psychopath vibe all of which leave the viewer wondering if he’s meant to be taken seriously at all.

Despite its flaws I really enjoyed College Kickboxers. It certainly isn’t an Oscar’s contender but as far as American martial arts movies go this one performs far better than many from the genre, which probably explains why I still have that $1 VHS in my cupboard. UAMC Review: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jean Claude Van Johnson Cancelled by Amazon

And it’s a Van Damme Shame Too.

Less than a month after being released by Amazon Studios, Jean Claude Van Johnson has been abruptly cancelled before any considerations for a second season could conceivably begin. The show, which starred Jean Claude Van Damme as a tongue-in-cheek version of himself who lives a double life as part-time action movie star, part-time international secret agent, received mixed (if not above average) reviews while holding a 64% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Self Aware Action Comedy

While Amazon Prime doesn’t release its numbers, it’s safe to assume that from a cost-analysis perspective, Van Johnson was not hitting its marks from the get-go to warrant such a quick dismal. (Note: being cancelled does not mean you still can’t watch the show on Amazon Prime.) Created by veteran screenwriter David Callaham (who has his own solid, but convoluted, background in action movies having purportedly written the script which The Expendables is based on), the show mixed classic action movie tropes with the light-hearted self-aware comedy of director Peter Atencio (who directed all of the successful comedy franchise Key & Peele and their action-comedy feature Keanu).

Was it UAMC Worthy?

It’s a shame that Van Johnson isn’t going to another season. It wasn’t the greatest show, and a far cry from the ultimate action movies Van Damme starred in the 80s and 90s which cemented his legacy. It also seemed to skip over Van Damme’s kickboxing roots while making it seem like he only starred in over-the-top sci-fi flicks like Time Cop and Universal Soldier while ignoring his martial arts tournament-style classics like Bloodsport and Kickboxer. (And the movie-in-the-show which they’re filming is such a joke that it feels almost mean-spirited in its awfulness.) But, it did have its moments and gave Van Damme a great deal of opportunity to poke fun at himself as a dually capable action and comedy actor.

However, as it is with any action star, Van Damme always had a talent to make even his movies which were considered flops at the time (like Double Team and Street Fighter) memorable and awesome, hopefully Jean Claude Van Johnson will find a spot for JCVD fans to enjoy six episodes of him performing an odd parody of himself that involves some truly stupid and wacky disguises, performances and fight scenes. If not, let it quickly fade from memory and fire up your VCR to pop in your copy of Bloodsport for the 700th time!

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The James Bond Gymnast: Remembering the UAMC Classic ‘Spitfire’ (1995)

Action Packed Super Spy Gymnast.

It was 1995 and director Albert Pyun (Cyborg, Dollman) was prepping to film his new cyborg/kickboxing movie, Heatseeker. Facing delays, he decided to use his time wisely and quickly film two movies back to back – Hong Kong ’97 starring Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) and Spitfire (starring gymnast Kristie Phillips).

Both films were released direct-to-video in the U.S. Because of its semi-serious tone, timeliness of the story and star, Hong Kong ’97 found an immediate audience. Spitfire, which had none of those things, took a bit longer, which is really quite a shame. For a movie without a known actor in the lead role, a rushed production schedule and a cast of really whomever happened to be around, it’s not bad.

My name is Bond, (cough) I mean Charles

The film opens in a hotel room where tuxedoed super spy Richard Charles (an under-utilized Lance Henriksen) is bedding CIA Operative Amanda Case (former Playboy playmate Debra Jo Fondren). Case tells Charles he has a daughter (a gymnast) and gives him some nuclear missile launch codes before being killed in a shootout with Soviet spy Carla Davis (Sarah Douglas). Charles escapes via jet pack, flies through the opening credit sequence of a low-rent James Bond movie, and ends up in Rome where he meets his daughter, Charlie Case (Kristie Phillips). He gives her a bag containing the launch codes, and surrenders to a gang of Soviet spies. Now Case, with gymnastics reporter Rex Beechum (the always dependable Tim Thomerson) at her side, must outrun the Soviets, get a key from a half-brother she didn’t know about and deliver it to another half-brother she didn’t know about, kick ass on the streets of Hong Kong and get to her next gymnastics tournaments in Malaysia and Athens on time.

Kristie Phillips is who again?

In the late 1980s, Kristie Phillips was kind of a household name. An alternate member of the 1988 Olympic Gymnastics Team member and a former US National Champion gymnast, she was once labeled the “next Mary Lou Retton.” That said, she wasn’t exactly household name when it came to action movies. Truth be told, after watching this movie I tried to find any reason why she would have ended up in the lead role of this movie, her sole acting credit, and I couldn’t find any. It’s almost as if Pyun started phoning around to see who was available, and then wrote a script around whomever he could get on short notice.

No matter how it happened, Phillips rose to the occasion. Now, I’m no expert on gymnastics, but her routines in this film appeared to be solid, as they should be. Pyun didn’t give her much for a script, but she delivered her lines with enthusiasm and seemed quite comfortable with the choreographed fight scenes (in one, she dodges a bullet by doing a backflip). She’s definitely someone I would have watched in another film, heck I could have even seen her teaming up with Cynthia Rothrock. Of course, that never happened.

Obscurity = Longevity

In 1995, I was at my local video store almost daily, yet I have no recollection of seeing this film in the new releases. I remember trailers for its sister movie Hong Kong ’97 (which also starred Thomerson) and I’ve seen it and Pyun’s follow-up, Heatseeker (also starring Thomerson – boy, he was busy). But this movie didn’t show up on my radar until Amazon recommended it to me (you liked Cynthia Rothrock in Guardian Angel, you’ll may also like Spitfire). I’m glad it did, because Spitfire really is a hidden gem.


Is it a great movie? No, but it’s certainly better than a lot of crap I’ve seen (To the Limit starring Anna Nicole Smith comes to mind.) For all its faults – an untested lead actress, an obviously rushed production schedule, scenes that literally have people walking through them, – it’s worthy of viewing.

Article by Eric LaRose – a Wisconsin-based connoisseur of action, horror and sci-fi movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. A former journalist and podcaster, Eric wrote the ending to the Toxic Avenger Part 4, but the only person who will back up that claim is his wife.

Bob Odenkirk to Star in John Wick-esque Action Movie

Bob Odenkirk + John Wick = Falling Down?

Breaking news first reported by Deadline reveals that Bob Odenkirk (best known for his roles as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul as well as improv comedy roots in Mr. Show with Bob and David) will star in an new action thriller tentatively titled “Nobody.” The project is being driven by John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski along with John Wick writer Derek Kolstad executive producing along with Kelly McCormick (Atomic Blonde producer) and Odenkirk himself. No director is currently tabbed, but that group certainly has some action movie chops between them.

John Wick  Meets Falling Down

As stated in the first reports, all we currently know about the plot is that it promises that Odenkirk will play an “everyday man who gets pushed past his limits.” Which for us ultimate action movie fans sounds a lot like Michael Douglas‘ iconic role in the Joel Schumacher classic Falling Down (1993). However, the report continues to go on in a more John Wick-esque direction where “the story follow a man who comes to the defense of a woman being harassed by thugs, only to learn later that one of the men he put in the hospital is the brother of a drug kingpin, now out for vengeance.

We can only imagine Bob Odenkirk doing his goofy straight guy routine in classic action scenes like this:

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Cover photo via Wikimedia

The 10 Best Pro-Wrestlers Turned Action Movie Stars

The Best Pro Wrestlers From the Ring to the Screen.

The path from success in the squared circle to action stardom is a well trodden one these days. Since the early 2000’s the likes of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dave Batista and John Cena have all had mainstream success while the likes of Steve Austin, Bill Goldberg and Kurt Angle have maintained steady acting and television careers in more under the radar projects. However, it wasn’t always that way and it took a few pioneers to open what were once locked doors for pro-wrestlers, so in this article we take a look at ten bruisers who did just that.

Andre the Giant

7’4, 500 lbs and with hands like dinner plates, Andre was one of the biggest men to ever step into the ring and so it was inevitable that Hollywood would come calling at some point. Surprisingly though, Andres action resume isn’t a particularly packed one which is the only reason he features so low on our list.

Perhaps because of his sheer size, there weren’t too many people in the world that could go fist to fist with the big man (he did go decades undefeated in wrestling after all) and so his acting career was mainly reduced to playing monsters and fantasy figures or more comedic roles based on his size. Obviously, he is best known for playing the giant Fezzik in The Princess Bride for which he gained some critical acclaim, but for us his most ultimate role came in an uncredited role in Conan the Destroyer (1984) as the demonic Dagoth.

He may have been buried under a rubber suit, but there’s no mistaking Andre when he starts manhandling action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger (and just about anyone else in swatting distance) and in the end it takes a good portion of the cast to put a stop to his rampage. Maybe one of the few men who was just too ultimate for the movies.

Abdullah the Butcher

The Madman from Sudan’s (via Ontario, Canada) movie career was brief to say the least with only two credited roles, but his second outing certainly makes up for the lack of quantity. Rotund, wide eyed and with a forehead that looks like a carving board, Abdullah is certainly a unique looking individual and it is perhaps only for the fact that he was so in demand as one of pro-wrestlings most feared villains over many decades that we didn’t get to see more of him in the movies.

Despite appearances, Abdullah is also an accomplished martial artist in both karate and judo and it was perhaps due to this, coupled with his fame in Japan that he found himself cast in the Sonny Chiba movie, Roaring Fire aka Hoero Tekken (1982). Having only previously starred in an obscure Canadian prison movie (Caged Men Plus One Woman) in the early seventies, Abdullah more than holds up his end of the bargain in Roaring Fire as he battles it out in some fast paced fight scenes with some of Japan’s best while showing off an unexpected turn of speed and using his size to manhandle anyone that dares to come near. Definitely someone that could have made a career out playing unique henchmen if he had wanted to.

Ox Baker

The bald headed, bushy eyebrowed, wild bearded master of the Heart Punch, Ox Baker was a feared man in between the ropes and it comes as no surprise that he was noticed by Hollywood when they needed someone to instill that fear into their audience. In a wrestling career that spanned nearly 50 years, Baker wrestled and in many cases, defeated a who’s who of wrestling stars and is one of the few men who it was claimed had killed not one, but two of his opponents.

In reality, both deaths were a result of undetected health conditions, however as both occurred after being in the ring with Baker, it certainly didn’t diminish his fearsome reputation and promoters were quick to capitalize on it. Baker’s first film appearance came the year before the role that would make him internationally recognized and would be an uncredited role in the 1980 Jackie Chan vehicle Battle Creek Brawl as “The Fighter.” A year later he would find himself on the set of his one and only blockbuster opposite Kurt Russell in the now iconic Escape From New York. In the movie Baker plays Slag, a lumbering gladiator who is tasked with finishing off Kurt Russell’s Snake Pliskin.

Although unsuccessful in his task, Baker proves to be one of Russell’s toughest opponents and it is a credit to Baker, by that point nearly 50 years old that he still had the ability to terrify. After Escape, Baker continued his wrestling career, making sporadic movie appearances along the way and training future stars of the ring, including a certain Mark ‘The Undertaker’ Callaway. Despite this, he will always be known to action movie fans as the baseball bat swinging madman, Slag and for giving Kurt Russell one of his most ultimate fight scenes.

Harold Sakata

The first man to appear on the list who is perhaps more well known for his acting career than his in-ring exploits, Harold Sakata was something of a renaissance man, excelling at just about everything he turned his hands to. Born in Honolulu to Japanese parents, Sakata first made waves in the 1940s as a weight lifter and would go on to win a silver medal at the 1948 London Olympics lifting a total of over 900 lbs while competing as a light-heavyweight.

By the 1960s he had turned to pro-wrestling and under the name of Tosh Togo would go on to win the Canadian Tag Team titles alongside his storyline relatives Great Togo, Mas Togo and Ko Togo. It was during this time that James Bond producers noticed him and he was immediately cast as Oddjob, the muscular henchman of the movies titular character, Auric Goldfinger. It was to be a role as iconic as any in all of Hollywood and Sakata would go on to make a career out of playing similar characters, even going as far as being credited as Harold “Oddjob” Sakata in some roles.

Unfortunately, Sakata died prematurely in 1982, but not before he would rack up an impressive body of work, appearing in both movies and on television as well as returning to his wrestling roots in the Verne Gagne financed The Wrestler (1974) alongside many of the most well known wrestlers of the day. However, it was as Oddjob that he really shined and it is thanks to the silent, hat wielding maniac that the world will never forget Sakata.

Professor Toru Tanaka

Who else could follow Sakata but the man many consider his natural successor? Best known in wrestling circles as the tag team partner of the universally loathed Mr. Fuji, Tanaka also had a successful run in the sixties as one of the main challengers to the rarely defeated Bruno Sammartino with the two successfully headlining Madison Square Garden on more than one occasion.

By the time the eighties came around Tanaka had all but retired from the ring and instead took up a career in the movies making his first appearance in the Chuck Norris movie An Eye For An Eye (1981). Often employed to play vicious henchmen due to his size and strength, Tanaka picked up where the slightly older Sakata had left off, fitting perfectly into the action boom of the eighties. Tanaka would star alongside many of the biggest names in action throughout the decade and into the nineties, including Sho Kosugi, Jeff Speakman and Arnold Schwarzenegger with whom arguably his most ultimate moment came, as the villainous ice skating Sub-Zero in The Running Man (1987). One of his final appearances also came alongside Arnold, in one of the latter’s few commercial failures, The Last Action Hero (1993) in a small cameo in his usual toughman role.

Although, like Sakata he was very much typecast, Tanaka had a great run in the movies at a time when he was looking to get out of the ring and his appearances in a number of action classics means he remains a much loved villain to action fans to this day. Also like Sakata, Tanaka left us too soon, as he would pass in 2000 but thankfully not before leaving his mark on both wrestling and movie fans alike.

Terry Funk

When someone is known for being one of the most demented men in a sport almost entirely populated with tapped individuals you know that Terry Funk is a special breed of wildman. So it was no surprise that at the height of action boom of the eighties that Hollywood came knocking for him to bring that ‘Funk-ness’ to the big screen. Having first appeared in Sylvester Stallone’s wrestling movie Paradise Alley in 1978 as the hulking Frankie the Thumper it would also be alongside Stallone nearly a decade later that Funk would return to the cinema in the first of his two most ultimate action appearances, this time in the criminally underrated arm-wrestling epic, Over the Top (1987).

Employed as the main villain, Jason Cutler’s henchman Ruker, Funk played it with deadpan menace throughout, looking ready to take Stallone’s magnificently named Lincoln Hawk apart at a moments notice until he falls victim to the enemy of so many eighties heavies, the plate glass door. A couple of years later he was back on our screens again looking to take out another a-lister in Patrick Swayze as the king of the bouncers Dalton in Road House (1989). Playing another heavy, the Funker was at his erratic best, throwing out insults as quickly as he was throws his fists but alas, it would his last real hurrah in the movies as the lure of wrestling was calling once more and he would soon start the next phase of his career, as the crazy old bastard of hardcore.

Despite retiring at his last count of 22 times, unbelievably Funk is still at it and wrestled as recently as last year (2017) at the grand old age of 72. His movie resume has been a far more sparse affair however, with just the occasional TV appearance and movie cameo to his name proving that as much as you try and take the man out of wrestling, you can’t always take the wrestling out of the man.

Pat Roach

Although a household name in the UK throughout the eighties thanks to his part of Bomber Busbridge in the hit TV show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Pat Roach might not be a familiar name to those of you on the other side of the pond. Like Sakata, he is probably better known for his acting than he was for being wrestler and also like Sakata, Roach was a man who tried his hand and excelled in a number of different areas in life. Having made his pro-wrestling debut in 1960, the 6’5 near 300 lbs Roach would find himself in demand for on screen roles from the early seventies onwards when he made his acting debut in the cult classic A Clockwork Orange (1971).

From then on he would juggle his many careers, primarily as a wrestler and actor but also running his scrap metal business, owning a gym and even dabbling in American Football for the Birmingham Bulls in the late eighties. His most ultimate action years would also come in the eighties when he was brought in to be the muscle against a who’s who of a-list actors. Having narrowly missed out on the role of Darth Vader in Star Wars, George Lucas brought him in to perform double duty in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) as the Giant Sherpa and the German Mechanic Indiana Jones fights next to the plane which ultimately gives him his unfortunate end.

After Raiders, Roach would go on an incredible back to back streak of movies, featuring in Clash of the Titans (1981), Never Say Never Again (1983), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Conan the Destroyer (1984) and Red Sonya (1985) each time being entrusted to manhandle the stars of the show and arguably making him our highest grossing star on the list. Roach would continue to be a familiar face as an actor on British TV right up until his death in 2004 and also continued to wrestle well into the nineties too quite often using the Bomber nickname he had acquired on Auf Wiedersehen, Pet proving himself to be a true action hero in every sense of the word.

Hulk Hogan

When you think of wrestling, who is the first person to come to mind? For many, it’ll probably be Hulk Hogan. As the biggest star in wrestling throughout the eighties and nineties and the man that helped kickstart two of wrestlings most lucrative eras I think it’s fair to say that recent controversies aside it is unlikely that wrestling will ever see a bigger or more recognizable name again than that of The Hulkster.

After first getting a taste of the limelight as Thunderlips in Rocky III (1982) it wouldn’t be until the end of the eighties that Hogan’s aspirations to become an action hero really began to manifest when he took the lead role in the WWF (now WWE) financed No Holds Barred (1989). In the movie he was tasked with taking on the gigantic and terrifying Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister as well Kurt Fuller’s Brell, an evil TV executive with a band of heavies who will seemingly stoop to just about any level. Eventually, Hogan and Listers feud would spill over onto WWF television and would culminate with Hogan and Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake defeating Lister and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage in a tag team cage match. The movie wasn’t a massive success, breaking even at best but clearly sparked the acting bug for Hogan as it wouldn’t be long before he began winding down his WWF career in favor of the movies first starring in Surburban Commando (1991) (an abandoned Schwarzenegger project) and Mr. Nanny a couple of years later.

Hogan would leave the WWF in 1993 and would continue his acting career throughout the nineties as well as wrestling for WCW, during which time he participated in one of the biggest moments in all of wrestling when he turned on WCW to form the NWO and become the villainous Hollywood Hogan. Perhaps the name with the most wasted potential on the list, it’s hard to believe that Hogan’s popularity never quite translated into box office dollars and you have to wonder if he had been handed the right projects if he too would be considered action royalty today. I guess we’ll never know.

Jesse Ventura

When Ventura’s in-ring career was cut short in the mid-eighties due to blood clots on his lungs, some would have perhaps thought that it was time to take things easy. Not “The Body” though. Clad in his feather boas, loud suits and lurid bandannas, he immediately took up position as a commentator on WWF programming, infuriating his partners with his bodacious style and insulting just about anyone he laid eyes on. A seat behind a commentary booth wouldn’t be enough for Ventura though and in 1987 he would take Hollywood by the scruff of the neck by appearing in two of the biggest action movies of the decade alongside the king of action movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first would see him teaming with Arnie to take on the Predator as the tobacco chewing, sexual Tyrannosaurus, Blain.

Armed with a gatling gun that he dubbed ‘Old Painless’ and with biceps to rival Austria’s favorite son, Ventura certainly wasn’t about to fade into the background. He stole the scene every time he was on screen, bringing that motor mouth that had made him so famous in the WWF and putting his background as a Navy SEAL to great use in the battle scenes. His ultimate demise also led to one of the most over the top displays of firepower in just about any movie as the rest of the cast would pepper the jungle with bullets in an attempt to kill off their invisible attacker, something you can only imagine Blain would approve of. Ventura clearly made an impression on Arnold too, as he would return a few months later, this time as his opponent in The Running Man. Ventura would play the retired chaser Captain Freedom and has to be one of the few men to actually kill Arnold on screen… well, sort of kill, anyway. Again, Ventura steals the show, both when he gets to manhandle Arnold and during his workout video, because let’s face it, who can really resist Jesse Ventura camping it up?

As the nineties arrived Ventura ventured into politics, first becoming the Mayor of Brooklyn Park and later the Governor of Minnesota which would cut down on his acting appearances, however he would still manage to crop up in Demolition Man (1993) opposite Sylvester Stallone and also make one last cameo alongside Arnold in Batman & Robin (1997) proving the door was always open for The Body. Although he hasn’t held office since 2003, Ventura is still a political commentator and makes regular appearances on politics shows both on TV and the radio and in recent years has become known to a whole new generation thanks to his opinions on a variety of conspiracy theories, a subject which he has written books and hosted TV shows for. The man really ain’t got time to bleed.

Roddy Piper

One of Hogan’s biggest nemesis’, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper was known for being one of the most charismatic and unpredictable men in wrestling when he burst onto the Hollywood scene with a bang in 1988. Having starred in the 1986 Rock n’ Wrestling movie Body Slam and wrestled the infamous Mr. T at two consecutive WrestleMania’s Piper was a star on the rise when he was cast in what would become his two best loved movies in the same year. First to be released would be Hell Comes to Frogtown, a madcap, post-apocalyptic action comedy which saw Piper entrusted to repopulate the world after his capture by a group of warrior-nurses (because, the eighties). The movie would gain a cult following in later years as a classic piece of eighties weirdness but still fall firmly in the shadow of his follow up, the John Carpenter helmed They Live.

A cross between sci-fi, horror and with just enough action for Piper to flex his muscles, They Live was a hit on release but its reputation and cultural impact would grow steadily in the years that followed thanks in no small part to the artist and fan of the movie, Shepard Fairey picking up its Obey tagline for his own branding. Today, They Live is seen as Pipers finest performance, its brilliant fighting scenes, classic lines and still relevant message have stood the test of time making it arguably one of the most critically acclaimed movies on this entire list (read more about They Live‘s lasting relevance here).

However, it wouldn’t be the end for Pipers acting career and as his wrestling appearances became more sporadic, his movie and TV appearances became more prolific as he took the lead in a virtual production line of b-grade action movies alongside the likes of Billy Blanks, Sonny Chiba and Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson to name but a few. Unfortunately, Piper is yet another name on this list that’s no longer with us, but with a back catalogue of appearances to rival anyone in sheer quantity (both inside and outside of the ring) he certainly the left a lasting legacy for us to remember him by. Let’s just hope they have plenty of bubblegum wherever he ended up, because they sure as hell don’t want him to run out.

Article by Will Carter – B-Movie obsessive and record shop employee living in Yorkshire, England. Contributor to Retro Cool and The Gravel Crew and long suffering car enthusiast. Genuinely believes there’s never been a better contribution to movie history than Bloodsport. Let us know what you think in the comments!