The other day I compiled a list of the top 80’s Horror Films. Today I am going to be doing the same, but with action films. The 80’s was a magical time for action films. Movie back then were like events. The new Stallone or Schwarzenegger films always packed the house. From big budget classics like Lethal Weapon to straight to video smaller films like Bloodfist there sure was something for everyone. Now before I get into this list I have to state a few things first. For starters I did not count films like Terminator and Robocop because I feel those, just like Predator are much more sci-fi than action. Not saying there not action packed, but they, to me definitely fall into the sci fi category. Films like Beverly Hills Cop fall into a comedy category. My list is your standard 80’s troupe. Cops, ninjas, soldiers, the usual suspects of 80’s action films. Now also, like I always like to state this is my opinion and my opinion only. So here in my opinion are the Top 10 Action Films of the 80’s
10) First Blood: Based on the book, but with a changed ending this is the film that started the Rambo franchise, a franchise still going strong today. Because if you think Last Blood was the last one I think your wrong. Vietnam veteran and drifter John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into a small Washington town in search of an old friend, but is met with intolerance and brutality by the local sheriff, Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). When Teasle and his deputies restrain and shave Rambo, he flashes back to his time as a prisoner of war and unleashes his fury on the officers. He narrowly escapes the manhunt, but it will take his former commander (Richard Crenna) to save the hunters from the hunted.
9) Raiders of the Lost Ark: To say this film was groundbreaking is an understanding. Combining cliff hanger style action with humor and heart Raiders is a timeless classic. I remember seeing it with my uncle at a late night show in one of my favorite old time theaters I had no idea what I was going to see, but I fell in love with the film during the opening act. Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), a renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the ark of the covenant, which is believed to still hold the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, Hitler's agents are also after the ark. Indy and his ex-flame Marion escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo.
8) Action Jackson: Carl Weather aka Apollo Creed from Rocky fame starred in this outstanding action film, that to this day I wonder why it did not have any follow up films. A great blend of fist fights, chases, explosions, and classic one liners this film had everything and should have started a franchise. Due to the use of excessive force in arresting a sexual predator, Detective Lt. Jericho "Action" Jackson (Carl Weathers) is demoted to police sergeant. What's worse, the father of the man he roughed up, Detroit industrialist Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson), declares war on Jackson, framing him for the murder of his own wife, Patrice (Sharon Stone). But Jericho manages to elude arrest and, with the help of a drug-addicted singer named Sydney (Vanity), goes after Dellaplane
7) Lethal Weapon II: I wont lie, the first Lethal Weapon was just ok to me at best. The second one however took it to another level. One of, if not the best buddy cop films ever made. Upping the action and tripling the humor from the first one, Lethal Weapon II fires on all cylinders. From the opening Loney Toons music before the WB logo to the classic line “Its just been revoked” this is a slam bang good time, and the best of the series. South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover), two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However, the South Africans are protected by diplomatic immunity, and so the two are assigned to witness-protection duty in an attempt by their captain to keep his job. It is only when this witness reveals to them that he has already dealt with the smugglers that the trouble really starts.
6) The Punisher: With the exception of the Netflix series this is without a doubt the best version of the title character so far. Definitely the best of all the film. If you overlook the fact that the Punisher didn’t wear his skull shirt, which is sadly the only part of the costume you need to get right, this was a faithful adaptation that will please comic book fans, and actions fans alike. Based on the popular Marvel comic book, this film begins with Frank Castle (Dolph Lundgren) as a respected police officer dedicated to eradicating the Mafia's influence -- that is, until the mob responds with a lethal car bomb that decimates Castle's family. Now, filled with rage and presumed dead from the horrific explosion, Castle takes to the city's underground sewer tunnels to bring his own brutal brand of vigilante justice to the streets and wreak vengeance on those who killed his family.
5) Road House: The best worse film ever made. A philosophy quoting bouncer, an evil town owner, lines like “I used to F**K Guy Like You In Prison”, throats getting ripped out, and more. This is what an 80’s action film is all about. The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. But Dalton's romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay (Kelly Lynch) puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara).
4) Revenge of the Ninja: The greatest Ninja film ever made, and that’s saying something. A simple revenge plot, hence the title, hard core violent ninja action and amazing weapons like the throwing star belt buckle, the staff that becomes a bow, and the fact two ninjas fight on a roof top at the end make this an all time classic. After ninjas killed his family, Cho (Sho Kosugi) and his son Kane (Kane Kosugi) come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When his friend betrays him, Cho must prepare for the ultimate battle. Its ninja vs the mob and ninja vs ninja in a battle you’ll never forget.
3) Bloodsport: The film that made JCVD a star. Bloodsport is just a fantastic martial arts action film. Low on plot, low on character development, but high on action. If you’re a martial arts fan you will love seeing all the different styles on display in this classic. U.S. soldier Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial-arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who consider him to be AWOL. After enduring a difficult training and beginning a romance with journalist Janice Kent (Leah Ayres), Frank is given the opportunity to fight. But can he survive?
2) Commando: The ultimate Arnold Schwarzenegger film. Classic one liners that will never get old. An over the top villain, a simple plot, and Arnold killing hundreds of people on his quest to save his daughter. The 80’s were all about excess and this film exemplifies that. Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter
1) Cobra: My favorite Stallone film without a doubt. Its Stallone vs a serial killer and his army. The line “You’re the disease, I’m the cure” came from this amazing film. Shootouts, massive car chases, an amazing final fight between Stallone and the Night Slasher, its all here. Without a doubt my favorite action film of all time, and it just so happens to have been made in the 80’s. Los Angeles policeman Lt. Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) finds himself at the center of a spate of murders carried out by a secret society called New Order: killers who select "weak" members of society for extermination. As the murder rate rises, Cobra takes model Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) into protective custody after she witnesses New Order's leader in action. As Cobra falls for Ingrid, they find shelter in a small town, but must soon fight for survival.
The 80’s the best time for films, music, maybe not video games, but definitely the best for the other stuff. Everything was done to the excess. Don’t kill 2 people in a horror film kill 13, and make each kill more violent than before. Don’t gun down 10 people in an action film, take out 75 and be sure to make lots of quips after each kill. We had everything in the 80’s Jason, Myers, Freddy, and more in the horror realm and Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and more in the action realm. Heck we had Chase, Murray, Aykroyd, Murphy and so many more for our comedy films. It was a glorious time to be a film lover. I mean my God even the best posters were from back then. So it was only fitting to celebrate this time in a new series of pieces entitled The Best of the 80’s. Today I am going to look at the top 10 Horror films of the 80’s Now please keep in mind this is my opinion. I would love to hear yours a well though as there are just so many out there to choose from
10) The Thing: Not as high on my list as it is on some peoples, this is a great film. From the acting, pacing, direction, its one hell of a story with amazing effects and a great story. In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
9) The Blob: Remakes, as you know were done properly in the 80’s In fact The Thing is a remake, as is this classic the Blob, which features fantastic special effects. In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith) and Paul (Donovan Leitch) discover a strange, gelatinous substance that melts the flesh of any living creatures in its path. The deadly substance gets into the town's sewer system, where it begins growing uncontrollably, occasionally emerging to feast on unsuspecting townspeople. A military clean-up crew is sent to eliminate the menace, but it may end up doing more harm than good.
8) Nightmare on Elm Street: The film that started the Freddy Krueger Franchise. Before Freddy became a one line killer he hardly spoke at all, in one of the most original horror films ever made. In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late
7) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: Billed as “He’s not Freddy, He’s not Jason, He’s Real”! this is one amazing film. Gruesome in parts but heavily disturbing its one of the most chilling films ever made. Henry (Michael Rooker) is released from prison following his mother's murder. He supplements his job as an exterminator with a series of indiscriminate and violent murders. Fellow jailbird and drug dealer Otis (Tom Towles) becomes a willing accomplice in Henry's bloody killings. But as the depravity escalates and Henry forms a bond with Otis' sister, Becky (Tracy Arnold), things start to get out of hand. The film is based on the true-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
6) Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn: Basically a remake of the original Evil Dead but with less characters and more slapstick style laughs mixed in with the over the top gore. Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a college professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead, Ash's girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) becomes possessed by evil spirits that are awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods.
5) Silent Night Deadly Night: The Santa slasher that had picket lines around the theaters. My grandma protested the film in our area, because she was insane. Parents feared their children would see commercials of a Santa killer during prime time sitcoms. To be honest I’ve always enjoyed the film, in fact I make it a point to watch it every holiday season. You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas Santa's Here! He knows when you've been naughty Shocking... disturbing... The movie they tried to ban. If "A Nightmare on Elm Street" gave you sleepless nights, or if "Halloween" made you jump in every shadow or if every "Friday the 13th" was more frightening than the others... THEN BEWARE! After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young boy spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior. When he becomes a teenager, he gets a job as a toy store Santa. When seeing two people having sex in the store brings on flashbacks of his parents, his turmoil leads him to become a Santa serial killeral killer
4) Friday The 13th IV: The Final Chapter: The greatest of all the Friday the 13th films was actually part 4. A great story, the introduction of Tommy Jarvis, amazing gore effects, everything was perfect about this film. Its easily the most beloved of the franchise, and it really was intended to be the final film of the series. But that didn’t happen. A carefree lakeside vacation is interrupted by the re-emergence of killer Jason Voorhees (Ted White). After he escapes from a morgue, leaving bodies in his wake, Jason travels to Camp Crystal Lake where a group of friends is staying. The teens meet some locals: Tommy (Corey Feldman) and Trish (Kimberly Beck), as well as secretive hiker Rob (Erich Anderson). As the group of teenagers engages in drunken debauchery, their numbers begin to dwindle, and pieces of the past resurface.
3) The Fly: Another remake makes the list. This is one of the best films ever made. I don’t mean just in terms of horror. It’s a well acted love story as well. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy mutates into a fly. I remember watching this on cable late night at least 3 times a week when it hit. It’s a fantastic film and a true classic in every sense of the word. When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
2) Fright Night: Simply put, the greatest vampire film ever made, hands down. This to me is one of the greatest films of all time. A great cast, humor, an amazing performance by Roddy Mcdowall, and some great special effects. This is the quintessential Vampire film. Teenage Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) is a horror-film junkie, so it's no surprise that, when a reclusive new neighbor named Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) moves next-door, Brewster becomes convinced he is a vampire. It's also no surprise when nobody believes him. However, after strange events begin to occur, Charlie has no choice but to turn to the only person who could possibly help: washed-up television vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall).
1) Halloween III: Season of the Witch: In what may very well be an unpopular choice Halloween III is my favorite horror film of all time. Sure it doesn’t have Michael Myers in it, which really made fans turn against it back in the day but it has a druid cult making masks to sacrifice children on Halloween. It’s got to be one of the most original films ever made. Thankfully over the years more and more people have come around to enjoying the film for what it was as opposed to hating it due to the lack of Michael Myers. Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), a madman who's planning a Halloween mass murder utilizing an ancient Celtic ritual. The ritual involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks and a triggering device contained in a television commercial -- all designed to kill millions of children.
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From CNN: Alex Trebek, the genial "Jeopardy!" host with all the answers and a reassuring presence in the TV game-show landscape for five decades, has died. He was 80 years old."Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends," said a statement shared on the show's Twitter account Sunday. "Thank you, Alex."
The cause of death was not immediately announced. Trebek revealed in March 2019 he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, triggering an outpouring of support and well wishes at the time
Team up movies, what's not to love. A group of people are all brought together to take care of business. It's worked in all forms of films. Kids films like The Bad News Bears, The Sting, The Oceans films, the list goes on and on. It's been a time honored film troupe do it decades and is still going strong today. Now let's get a couple things straight. I can't count a film like say 48HRS as that's only 2 guys teaming up as opposed to a group of people. I can't count something like the Expendables as there already a unit when the film starts. I'm talking a guy, or girl needs help they assemble a team to help them battle the bad guys, or whatever they have planned. So here in my opinion are the Top 5 Group Team Up Films of All Time.
5) Original Gangstas: What's not to love. Take the top Blaxsploitation stars and reunite them for one bad ass film. Fred Williamson produced, directed, and starred in this classic. Successful Los Angeles football coach John Bookman (Fred Williamson) returns home to Gary, Ind., when his father is murdered. Discovering the town overrun with violent street gangs, John is even more horrified to learn his father was shot by a member of the Rebels, a gang John himself helped form in his youth. John teams up with Jake (Jim Brown) and Laurie (Pam Grier), the parents of a boy who was also killed by a Rebel, to organize their neighborhood against gang violence
4) The Avengers: Yes in the first one they were not a team yet. Not only is this an amazing film but it's the result of a lot of hard work on Marvel's part. Introducing each character in separate films to pull this off. From there it got bigger, creating an entire universe. But let's start with the first team up film. When Thor's evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury's "dream team" are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
3) Force Five: Five Against a Thousand. The Odds are Even. That was the tag line for one of the greatest Martial Arts Team up films in history. 5 of the greatest Martial artists in the world who also happened to be appearing in action films at the same time were brought together for one amazing team up. The plot is simple enough. A mercenary soldier and martial arts expert is hired to rescue a wealthy man's daughter from a religious cult. Action and adventure abound as invaders of the cult uncover narcotics and guns. The group assembled, Richard Norton, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Joe Lewis, Sonny Barnes, and Pam Huntington. They travel to the cult leaders island fortress Enter The Dragon Style. And if that wasn't enough the evil cult leader is played by the great Han Bong-soo
2) Fast Five: This is the film that not only jump started the Fast and Furious street racing film series into the billion dollar action juggernaut it is today, but its the one that brought all the characters from the past films together. Not only is this considered the best in the series, its widely regarded as one of the best heist films of all time. Plus it introduced The Rock into the franchise. Ever since ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) broke her brother Dom (Vin Diesel) out of custody, they've traveled border to border to evade authorities. In Rio de Janeiro, they must do one final job before they can gain their freedom for good. Assembling their elite team of car racers, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Han Lue (Sung Kang), Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot), Leo & Santos (Don Omar & Tego Calderon), and Tej Parker (Ludacris Brian and Dom know they must confront the corrupt businessman who wants them dead, before the federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) on their trail finds them.
1) Kill and Kill Again: No shock here. The film that made me want to learn martial arts, the films that caused by to set fire to a carpet doing a nunchaku candle trick (I was a little kid), the film I watched 5 times a day. Its the most fun I have ever had with a film. Its the epitome of a great action film, martial arts film, and the ultimate team up move. Dr. Horatio Kane has been kidnapped, and is being forced to create an army of martial artists who will help take over the world at the hands of their crazed leader Marduk.. His daughter, Kandy Kane, enlists the help of Steve Chas, the worlds number one martial artist. He gathers his team consisting of Gorilla (Ken Gampu) a former pro wrestler who was banned from the sport for biting off peoples ears. Gypsy Billy (Norman Robson) a former Kickboxing world champion now living in a trailer park. Luckily beating up half the trailer park takes the ring rust out of him. Hotdog (Bill Flynn) who possesses little to no martial arts skills, but can fast talk his way into anything. The Fly (Stan Schmidt) a kung fu master who can levitate during meditation. Together they must enter the town of Ironville and save the professor and the free world, while also battling in the arena of death against Marduk's champion, The Optimus
Remeber that great film the Expendables? All the favorite action stars of yesteryear came back together for a slam bang action fest. There were just a few problems I had with it. For starters why were they all playing new characters? Why couldn’t Stallone have been Rambo as opposed to Barney Ross? And where were all of my favorite action stars? Nothing against Stallone, Statham, or any of the others but I want my action hero’s to make a film. Cynthia Rothrock, Don Wilson, James Lew, and all the other greats I watched in the 90’s. Sure they were always considered the “B Team” and after Expendables hit there was lots of talk about making one, in fact Don The Dragon told me one of the amazing script ideas for it. But nothing ever came to pass. So that’s why I have come up with the story for the B Team Expendables where they all play characters from past films.
The story would begin with James Lew as the evil Prince Samarki (From Midnight Man) who has teamed up with Matthias Hues as Titus Larkin (Mission of Justice). Turns out the Titus, who has just broken out of prison had a formula that his late sister was in possession of. The formula is actually a mind control serum. With the help of Prince Samarki they plan on putting it into the world water supply. They are also joined by a crooked DEA agent named Mike Ryan (Gary Daniels from White Tiger) and have gone so far as to take over an entire small town while preparing for this. They have an entire army of mercenaries working for them. The towns people are under the mind control so they merely work all day and night making more batches of the serum. Unfortunately for them on of the townsfolk is the sister of Jake Raye (Don the Dragon From Bloodfist). When Jake is unable to reach her he decides to go looking for her. But when he gets to the outskirts of the town he is greeted by armed guards. He puts up a great fight but is eventually outnumbered and left for dead in the wilderness.
Fortunately for him he is rescued by Joe Armstrong (Michael Dudikoff from American Ninja) Turns out Joe has been living alone in the woods mostly meditating since the death of his friend Curtis Jackson. Joe helps Jake back to health and tells him all about what’s happening in the town. Jake does ask the sensible question of why the cops or the army haven’t come to stop them, and its explained it is part of a vast conspiracy (Don’t mix logic with this plot). Joe agrees to help Jake try and stop them, but first they need help. Luckily the town is not far from a small Utah town where Jake knows the sheriff, China O’Brien (Cynthia Rothrock from Chyna Obrien) China and her deputy Matt Conroy (Richard Norton from China Obrien) agree to help when they hear about what’s happening. The only issue is there are only 4 of them against a small army.
As luck would have it China knows a bounty hunter who has been searching for Titus Larkin. His name is Reno Raines (Lorenzo Lamas from Renegade) and he is more than willing to not only help save the town but collect the bounty on Titus’s head. He rides into town and after scoping the bad guys town out suggests they get more help. He tells them they need the help of a former terrorist who started working for the CIA named Alexa (Kathleen Kinmont from CIA Code Name Alexa) who is a weapons expert and can get them the firepower they need. Jake calls in the help of his former Kickboxing sparring partner David Sloan (Sasha Mitchell from Kickboxer 2-4) who is more than willing to help as it turns out Tong Po (Michel Qissi from Kickboxer) is working with Titus and Prince Samarki and David still has a score to settle with Po. Jake also calls in an old friend named Jeff Sanders (Jeff Speakman from The Perfect Weapon) who has been teaching troubled kids Kenpo.
Together these unlikely heroes head into the town and battle armed guards, martial arts masters, ninjas, and more in a battle to save the world. Don’t worry. The town is also complete with a giant underground fighting arena as well which set up the final battles. Sound amazing doesn’t it? Don’t lie you know it does. Just think all of our favorite stars together as their most iconic characters doing battle with all the other iconic stars. I think this film would be the top box office draw of 2021. We just need to get it made first.
From Deadline: Following a stinging loss in the UK courts over allegations of being a “wife beater,” Johnny Depp has been cut loose by Warner Bros from its Fantastic Beasts franchise. His character Grindelwald will be recast.The threequel is also being pushed from its original November 12, 2021 release date to summer 2022.
“Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise,” the studio said in a statement Friday. “We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date. Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production, and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast. The film will debut in theaters worldwide in the summer of 2022″.
Everyone hates a bully. In fact a favorate trope of films is to have the picked on kid finally get his revenge in the end. From movies, tv shows, even plays the classic good vs evil, guy stands up to bully and beats him up is timeless. It's been making people feel good an cheer for decades. I am one of those people. So here in my opinion are the top 5 dealing with Bully Films
5) Sidekicks: Chuck Norris in a family film, who would have thought it possible. It's actually a very touching film thanks in great part to the late Mako. Johnathan Brandis is Barry a bullied asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he is with Chuck Norris. Barry becomes sick of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate, in hopes of one day meeting the great Chuck Norris.
4) Never Back Down: Can't do a modern bully film without MMA. Jake (Sean Faris) moves to Orlando, Fla., with his mother (Leslie Hope) and brother (Wyatt Smith). He feels like an outsider in his new school and frequently lets his temper flare out of control. But Jake wants to fit in, and he decides to go to a party with his classmate Baja (Amber Heard). There, Jake is pushed into a fight and humiliated. Another classmate (Evan Peters) sees what happened, and encourages Jake to visit martial arts trainer Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou) to learn MMA and get even.
3) My Bodyguard: The epitome of a feel good highschool film about friendship. Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) is a sensitive, well-to-do teen who becomes the target of bully Melvin Moody (Matt Dillon) after he starts attending a new school. Tired of being picked on, Clifford recruits brooding tough kid Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. While this initially works, and Clifford and Linderman form an unlikely friendship, soon circumstances strain their bond. As Clifford is forced to confront Moody again, Linderman has to deal with his own troubled past.
2) The Karate Kid: It's a no brainier this makes this list. But let's always remember that Daniel was the true bully of the film no matter how it was played out. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.
1) Showdown: It doesn't get any better than this. A tale of love, fitting in, and learning karate from a janitor to fight in an underground martial arts arena. Ken (Kenn Scott) has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie (Christine Taylor) not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee (Patrick Kilpatrick) a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy (Billy Blanks). Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei.
Art Camacho is the man. There is no other way to say it. He came from a rough childhood and took up martial arts to at first simply protect himself. But as he went deeper into the studies he lost the anger and simply became the man he is today. He became the consummate student of the game. So much a student of the game he traveled to Hollywood and became a Fight Choreographer, as well as a Director. Hell he is such a busy guy he even acts and does stunt work. Art has been thrilling audiences with his work since the early 90’s. Now thanks to the El Ray Network you will finally get to see his skills on full display with his new show The Camacho Experiment. Now if you cant wait a few more days to see it I have complied a Top 5 List of Art Camacho’s best films.
5) Last Man Standing – Fight Choreographer & Stunts: A gang of bank robbers, led by the ultra-violent Snake Underwood, pull off a daring mid-day heist that leaves dozens of burning police cars and scores of innocent victims in its wake. Heading the investigation into the gang is the equally violent detective Kurt Bellmore (Jeff Wincott) , along with his partner Doc Kane. Though the pair manage to apprehend Underwood fairly quickly, they then find themselves up against an even greater adversary: the corrupt cops who are on Underwood's payroll, and a revolving-door legal system that just doesn't care. If the two want to clear the streets of Snake and his gang, going by the book just isn't going to be enough.
4) Gangland – Director & Fight Choreographer: In post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, an evil pack of outlaws is systematically turning civilians into prisoners and slaves. Worse yet, the spread of a terrifying deadly flesh-eating virus threatens to destroy all of humanity. As good and evil ferociously battle for power and control, three heroes (Sasha Mitchell, Costas Mandylor, & Kathleen Kinmont) race against time to find the cure for the virus... before it's too late.
3) Whatever it Takes – Fight Director & Fight Choreographer: Sadly I could find no trailer online. Los Angeles policemen (Andrew "Dice" Clay, Don "The Dragon" Wilson) go undercover to expose the illegal traffic of steroids to pro athletes, wrestlers and bodybuilders.
2) Recoil – Director & Writer: After killing the son of a Mafia boss during a bank robbery, a Los Angeles police officer (Gary Daniels) begins his own personal vendetta against the mob after the mafioso don successfully had the cops family murdered.
1) Redemption – Director & Fight Choreographer: Featuring a who’s who of action stars, and Don The Dragons best film. Tough LA cop John Sato (Don’t The Dragon Wilson is fired from his elite SWAT team after the accidental death of a fellow officer. When he turns to a life of crime to support both himself and his young son, the choices he makes may lead to deadly consequences.