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Film / Blood Moon

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A red moon - a bloodmoon - is rising and someone is going to die.

Bloodmoon is a 1997 Martial Arts Movie / Buddy Cop Movie starring Gary Daniels as Detective Ken O'Hara, Darren Shahlavi as "The Killer" and Chuck Jeffreys as Detective Chuck Baker.

In New York City, a Serial Killer is stalking the best fighters in town and killing them one by one. Supporting roles are played by Frank Gorshin as Chief Hutchins , Brandie Sylfae as Kelly Weller and Rob Van Dam as Dutch Schultz.


This movie contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Kelly is a US Karate champion. Doesn't save her from the killer in the end though.
  • Artistic License - Law Enforcement: O'Hara and Baker inexplicably allow Kelly, a civilian related to one of the victims, to aid their investigation directly. This indirectly leads to her death.
  • Artistic License – Sports: The first fight is supposedly against a boxer but the actor playing him was actually a kickboxer which uses different striking techniques - obvious to any viewer with familiarity with either discipline.
  • Artificial Limbs: The killer has two metal fingers that are strong enough to stab a human and punch through thin metal.
  • Badass Cape: The killer wears one of these for a couple of fights, lampshading his superiority as capes are a serious liability in a real fight.
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  • Bar Brawl: Kelly kicks the crap out of several drunken leches while unknown to her the killer watches with approval.
  • Blood Knight: The killer, lampshaded by a medical examiner.
    "'s the fight he's interested in. Once they're dead, he's done."
  • Combat Compliment: The killer gives one to O'Hara after getting punched back about ten feet.
    "Very good!"
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The first fight - a world light heavyweight champion boxer barely gets a single hit in on the killer. Schultz appears to briefly be more of a match but it rapidly becomes obvious the killer is just playing with him.
  • Da Chief: Gorshin plays a classic one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The killer goads O'Hara into the final battle by pretending to have tied his family to a bomb with a fifteen minute timer, however it's just a harmless confetti cannon. He also only chokes out Schultz's girlfriend before the fight leaving her unconscious but alive instead of killing her.
  • Evil Laugh: The killer naturally.
  • Evil Wears Black: The killer is always dressed in black or dark blue.
  • Expy: Baker/Jeffreys is pretty much Axel Foley/Eddie Murphy with the serial numbers filed off.
  • Flashback Nightmare: O'Hara has one to being tortured by a serial killer.
  • Idiot Ball: Kelly works out where the killer's hideout is and goes there with no backup despite knowing just how skilled he is after their first fight. It doesn't end well for her.
  • Improvised Weapon: Both the boxer and Schultz try various ones without much success. During the final battle O'Hara uses a metal pipe to far more effect. Various pieces of scenery and furniture are also used during various fights to varying degrees of success.
  • Informed Ability: Both the first onscreen victim, the boxer, and the second, the tough guy, make a very poor showing against the killer, despite being supposed to be very skilled fighters themselves.
  • Killed Offscreen: Kelly is found dead in a cupboard after stupidly going to the killer's hideout on her own, despite being knocked unconscious in her first fight with him. Three of the killer's other victims are killed offscreen too.
  • Large Ham: The killer has his moments for sure.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: O'Hara and Baker briefly fight after encountering each other in the dark at a crime scene until Kelly turns up the lights.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The killer wears a simple venetian style half face mask to disguise his identity. He removes it when he's sure he's going to win the fight and for the final fight with O'Hara
  • Mood Whiplash: Baker jokes with the other officers at the scene of the first killing, but when he crouches down near the body he is obviously disturbed by the scene and covers the victims head with a white cloth.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Baker and O'Hara's decision to let Kelly aid their investigation indirectly leads to her death when she figures out the killer's location before they do and goes rushing off to confirm this by herself.
  • Off Bridge, onto Vehicle: Done by the killer to escape O'Hara and Baker in their first confrontation.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "The Killer" for most of the film. He's eventually identified as Chad Atkins but is still credited as "The Killer" in the film credits.
  • Papa Wolf: You do not want to threaten or hurt O'Hara's family as some local thugs and the killer find out.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Daniels as O'Hara on the official poster.
  • Stage Magician: Baker does a few sleight of hand tricks in the film, like producing handkerchiefs and fake flowers.
  • Super Window Jump: The killer does this to escape onto the top of a passing truck.
  • Sword Fight: The killer and and a dojo master engage in one of these. It's probably the hardest fight the killer has barring the final showdown, though he (obviously) still wins.
  • Taking You with Me: The killer tries this with O'Hara who only barely avoids being dragged off the edge of a building as the killer falls to his death.
  • Worthy Opponent: What the killer is looking for - he even insults fighters who don't provide enough of a challenge for him.
    "Why aren't you better?"
  • Would Hit a Girl: The killer attacks Kelly in her apartment, fighting to kill before O'Hara and Baker intervene.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Schultz uses wrestling moves in his fight against the killer. Not surprising since he's played by a wrestler.


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