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Review: Blood, Sweat and Terrors (2018)

Posted in Daniel Bernhardt with tags , on November 6, 2018 by Michael S. Moore

Blood, Sweat and Terrors is an anthology of action, suspense and a dash of horror, and since this is split by different stories, I’ll review each short story in turn:

Awesome Runaway

This story, of a man who has been captured and somehow attempts an amazing escape, is one of the weakest entries in the entire anthology. There is a fight scene, but it’s poorly shot and poorly choreographed, and the way the story is constructed, you can’t really relate to the main character as you never know why he is being held captive and who the captives are, so the action seems meaningless. If the action had been amazing, or even good, it might be forgivable. But it isn’t.

Jacob’s Wrath

A short film told from two different states in the mind of and old man who is about to make a choice that will change the course of two lives, as he deals with the grief of his daughters’ death. Before the story reaches its end you’ll know how it will go, but it’s the inevitability of it that makes it sad. Not much action here, but what little is there is well done.

Flow

Ugh. That’s about all I can say for this short about two female freedom fighters who discuss their issues as they kill random nobodies. Not funny, action bad, and the best thing I can say is that the actresses were okay. The story did them no favors.

Express Delivery

NOW we’re getting somewhere! A tale of a captor and captive who duke it out. The story here is weak, the acting is serviceable, but the action is pretty decent. Not amazing, not excellent, but a bit of fun. Not bad stuntwork here.

Turncoat

Two thieves break into a house with tragic consequences…for them. This is an okay story of deception and backstabbing, but there’s nothing special about it. No real action moments here, but the actors did a fine job with the thin material.

Get Some

A zombie hunting reality show featuring an asshole you REALLY hope gets killed. Good production values here, but not much point to this story, even with The Mummy’s John Hannah as a scientist who wants to study the zombie menace in hopes of making peace with them.

 

 

Olga 

A young woman gets her revenge of the gangsters who killed her father. A simple premise, but excellently pulled off. The flashbacks are well done and add to the overall story, and Naomi Frenette is amazing here, as both an actress and as the action star. The fight choreography here is excellently done and well shot. Without a doubt my favorite of the bunch, and I’d love to see a feature film version of this.

Fetch

87Eleven Action in the House! This anthology definitely saved the best for last, and after Olga this is the best film. David Leitch (you heard that right, One half of John Wick, and director of Deadpool 2) is the title character, a gumshoe who gets a missing persons case from a rich couple, but of course not all is as it seems. It’s a fun little short, and the fights here are well done, especially Fetch versus the two mechanics, who go both high and low in their strikes. It’s a blast to watch, but honestly, director and one of my favorite onscreen martial artists Daniel Bernhardt gave this film the high quality I knew he would. This film reminds me a little of a martial arts version of The Last Boy Scout. So much fun here. Look out for stunt legend JJ Perry and the OTHER half of John Wick Chad Stahleski as two alley thugs.

How to grade this? The anthology actually comes from a Little Terrors Short Film festival, with the horror-style opening that makes zero sense, and there is no connective thread from beginning to end.

 

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 5


So I liked 4 out of eight shorts, so I have to say that overall it’s an average film. Olga is the standout here, and I hope we can see Naomi Frenette getting some bigger roles in the future! How about an Olga feature film?

 

 

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Review: Bloodsport 4: The Dark Kumite (1999)

Posted in Daniel Bernhardt with tags on May 16, 2014 by Michael S. Moore

 

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Starring Daniel Bernhardt, Stephanos Miltsakakis, Michael Krawic

Fight Choreography by Jeffrey Moldovan

Directed by Elvis Restaino

Daniel Bernhardt is a martial artist whose claim to fame has long been for the fact that he resembles Jean-Claude Van Damme a bit, and so gets to make inferior, low budget sequels to JCVD’s films, which is a shame, as Daniel himself is a good martial artist who could probably have forged his own place in martial arts cinema, much like Bruce Li. Here, however, we are given what must be his most low-budget, worst film in what is thankfully the last of the Bloodsport films (for now…).

In this film Bernhardt plays Keller, a cop who, with his new partner, find themselves perplexed when a thug he had sent to prison and was presumably put to death suddenly arrives on the street and kills again. They capture him, and then Keller goes undercover in the same prison the man he busts is sent to (not the smartest thing to do…) and there meets a crazed, cowering warden who engages the fighters in a series of fights, the winners of which get to go to the mansion of James Caesar, where they fight in a new Kumite where the reward is freedom ( which still makes no sense, as they would eventually be found out anyway, and thrown right back in prison). Keller must battle the very men he put away in order to survive long enough to stop Caesar…

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This film is profoundly silly, and the budget was the lowest of the low. In no way, shape, or form does the police station look like one. Or the prison. Or the club. I think the only scene where the set was what it was supposed to be was a street corner. The acting in this film is absolutely terrible across the board save for Bernhardt, but the script doesn’t help him much either, as it is as bad as everything else. 

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The fights are about as shittily (if that’s not a word, it should be) choreographed as they come, as at one point before the Kumite *chuckle* a character claims that different styles are used, but it all looks like the same style of fighting the entire film. No one is doing anything different.

I would normally say a lot more, but this film is so terrible that I don’t want to waste my time any longer on it than I have to. 

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 1

Ugh. This is one of the worst martial arts films I’ve ever seen. Stay far, far away from this one.