Wednesday, 3 February 2010

BLOOD DEBTS (1984)

About a week ago Bert Spoor made a comment to my ABOVE THE WAR post and said:

There are at least 2 more films I can't recall, one I'm playing a customer in a shop for angling matters. Paul Vance is doing the salesman.(had something to do with a Ninja in America,not Mike Dudikoff's) Another one together with 'crazy' Willy and the Judd family, we are goons and are dividing our loot. While running away from the table I got shot in the back. It wouldn't surprise me at all if you have copies of these films in your video library. You have to watch them all over again Jack....


- I couldn't remember the scenes but now Bert has actually found one of the films himself; It's actually from BLOOD DEBTS (which I do have on VHS). The scene Bert referred to is even on YouTube (albeit only in a French dubbed version). The French title for the film is apparently Eliminator.





BLOOD DEBTS on video from Greece and Norway:

VHS/Greece/fullscreen/English dub/Greek subs

VHS/Norway/fullscreen probably/English dub/Norwegian subs

VHS/Sweden/fullscreen probably/English dub/Swedish subs

VHS/Quebec/fullscreen/French dub/no subs


Here's a review that my old buddy Günter Müller did a few years back. The reason he's talking so much about "ninjas" is that he used to do a website entirely devoted to Ninja movies. xD


by Günter Müller
My German tape of this Filipino action flick is called NINJA JÄGER (which means “Ninja Hunter”). And while the German dubbing does its best to turn BLOOD DEBTS into a Ninja movie it can’t really hide the fact that there are no Ninjas! Instead Richard Harrison’s character refers to the criminal riffraff he’s dealing with as Ninjas. As one gangster boss puts it perfectly into words: “He sees himself as an angel of vengeance. He hates the Ninjas. He has the fixed idea that all Ninjas have to go!” Now, if you replace the word “Ninja” by “criminal” than it’s much more fitting. So, fellow Ninja film fans, BLOOD DEBTS is no Ninja movie. That said I must admit that it’s still well worth tracking down, provided that you like your action cheap, rough, politically incorrect, and trashy. It begins, promisingly enough, with a scene where Mark Collins’ daughter Sarah is raped (not shown, only indicated) and killed, and the furious father looses consciousness after a grazing shot at his left temple. Few months later, as a title card announces, Mark makes it his objective to punish the killers.

So much for plot and character development. Yes, indeed, Mark is extremely one-dimensional, but he comes around as quite sympathetic too… and boy is he one tough bastard. Without batting an eyelid he clears the streets of the criminals, until one day his wife (Ann Jackson, who has one nude scene by the way, making love to Mark) is kidnapped and Mark is forced to keep doing what he did so well in the first few minutes. You see, Mark was at a point where he wanted to stop the killing, but since he loves his wife he has no other choice but to do The Exterminator again. The mean wirepuller in the background (Mike Monty) plans to use Mark to eliminate all his ‘competition’ so he is the only one selling drugs and offering prostitution. Mark is not alone doing the dirty job, as blonde babe Liza (Ann Milhench) joins him in his mission. But it should go without saying that Mike Monty has underestimated Richard Harrison and after one (deadly) mistake too many Mark has selected a final target to eliminate from this world. This leads to a cool, explosive showdown including shootouts, bazooka-action and the always popular exploding man trick. It’s only a shame that he doesn’t use this cool weapon so prominently featured on the cover artwork. In contrast to all those Joseph Lai/Godfrey Ho/Tomas Tang “movies” BLOOD DEBTS is a real film, with the snag that there are no Ninjas anywhere to be seen. It doesn’t matter that Mark keeps on calling them Ninjas… they are just ordinary criminals. It is not what I would call a spectacular flick, but it’s a straight-forward, violent and solid B-movie with a catchy main music theme and a few nice one-liners.

No doubt about it, BLOOD DEBTS is a typical product of the 1980s and it was made around a time when Dirty Harry, the Exterminator, Charles Bronson and the Angel of Vengeance Ms. 45 were taking the law into their own hands and doing away with the criminal lowlives. Yes, vigilante justice is the dish of the day, and Mark Collins is rather good at it, muttering lines like “I’ve been waiting for you, you wannabe-Ninja” before ending his opponent’s life by putting a bullet into his body. The body count is very high, the pacing is okay, and the fights are tough (though not very gory), culminating in some nasty moments like cigar torture or the scene where the barrel of a gun is forced into one anxious guy’s mouth. BLOOD DEBTS is far from being a classic of the genre, and it’s neither exciting nor emotional, but it’s undemanding fun to sit back and enjoy. If you are a fan of Richard Harrison BLOOD DEBTS should be essential viewing. If you like straight B-flicks without frills BLOOD DEBTS comes highly recommended. But if you want Filipino Ninjas watch NINJA’S FORCE (1985), NINJA WARRIORS (1985), or DOUBLE EDGE (1986) instead.

3 comments:

  1. hey, i've uploaded that video!
    If you're curious, here's the french-canadian scan of my vhs copy.

    http://douteux.org/films/films_covers/Eliminator.jpg

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  2. Hello Chen!

    Well, your video certainly made Bert Spoor's day!!

    And thanks for the link to the French-Canadian cover. I'll post it here (I assume you don't mind). I had a look at your blog and what a cool blog it is too! Unfortunately my French is probably as good as your Danish, haha. But at least my automatic Google translator can give a fairly (albeit surreal) English version of your reviews. Thanks again, and do stop by here from time to time.

    Jack

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  3. No I don't mind at a all!

    Every z-grade movie i watch, i write what i learned. That's pretty much the core of my reviews.

    Like things i learned watching Blood Debts: When you take a bullet in the chest, you won't bleed, only smoke will come out. or Smashing somebody's head against a blood stain on the wall will kill him.

    I stop everyday, i need my Philippines fix with a little Mike Monty every now and then.

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Bikini girls with machine guns

Yep, this video is from the one they're watching in Tarantino's JACKIE BROWN. It's an awesome video; I mean all it is is a bunch of scantly clad sexy babes with automatic guns going: "This is an AK47" pow pow pow pow - Haha. Absolutely fantastic! xD.