Monday, February 27, 2017

Mike ODonnell 99 "Hard Target"

Since the oscars were on last night I figured I'd hit you guys with some real cinema, Jean-Claude Van Dammes 1993 classic "Hard Target"

An absolute shout out to Richard Connells "The Most Dangerous Game" "HARD TARGET" is, in my opinion, a perfect terd. My love for this flick (outside the obvious) is its nostalgic value. Every time I stayed home sick from school I SWEAR Van Damme week was on, on either USA or TNT?? (The network escapes me) Regardless! I spent hours self medicating in various forms of martial arts and soothing cadence of Jean-Claude's accent. The concept was the first thing that nabbed me, and it came well before I'd even read Richard Connells interpretation, Humans hunting Humans? Fuck yeah. A few highlights.

1. the game of chicken where Van Damme surfs on a motorcycle and blows up a Bronco with a Pistol.

2. Fanning the hammer of a pistol (upside down) ending in a perfect roundhouse to send G.I. Buttholes cigar flying

3. The Snake Punch

4. The dude from the mummy

5. Uncle Douvee's single shot bow and arrow explosive chain reaction

Just a few to wet the whistle guys, but if you haven't visited Jean-Claude in a while I suggest you do


  1. Just looked it up. Directed by John Woo. I'm intrigued.

    I may or may not have seen this one on VHS in '93 or '94. I surely don't remember it.

  2. My dad used to watch a ton of JCVD movies when Jeff and I were kids. A favorite of mine is Sudden Death. But I'm not sure why we were never exposed to Hard Target. Never seen it. Guess my dad didn't celebrate JCVD's entire filmography

  3. Van Damme does punch a snake. I'll give you that.