Blood Debts

Blood Debts - B MovieYear: 1985
Rated: N/A
Release Date: N/A
Country of Origin: Philippines, Hong Kong
Runtime: 86 min
Director: Teddy Page
Writer: Timothy Jorge
Starring: Richard Harrison, Mike Monty, Jim Gaines, Ann Milhench
IMDb Rating: 4.7 (64 votes)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Enjoying a picnic Sarah Collins and her boyfriend are surprised by a gang of juvenile hunters. They rape her and kill him. She escapes and runs to her parents’house but is then shot in front of her father Mark, a wealthy Vietnam Vet. The boys finally wound him seriously and leave. A few months later, being healthy again, Mark manages to find the murderers and kills each of them. He also keeps on walking the streets at night, looking for criminals in action to execute until his wife Yvette convinces him to stop. However, he did not knew that he has been observed by the henchmen of Bill, an enigmatic businessman desiring to crush the local drug syndicate. He orders to kidnap Yvette and forces Mark to continue his work.

Beavis’s Movie Memories

Saturday’s feature was a Philippine-made Silver Star Studio production called “Blood Debts.” The movie is about… 80 minutes too long! HAhaha, that never gets old. Anyway, the movie is about a Vietnam Veteran who witnesses his daughter getting killed in front of his home. He is injured in the attack as well and when he recovers, he begins down a road of vigilante justice by taking out the perpetrators one by one. An up-and-coming mob boss takes notice of his actions, kidnaps his wife, and gets him to now do revenge killings on his behalf.

The movie allows no time for you to figure out just who the bad guys are, so you end up watching the first 30 minutes trying to decide if he’s killing the gang members that murdered his daughter or just killing random people. An enterprising young Urkel-like character follows him and kidnaps his wife under orders from his boss, who in turn has Mr. Collins do killings for him.

The main actors in the movie (Richard Harrison, Bruce Baron, Romano Kristoff) don’t have Italian sounding names, but the dialog has some really bad missteps. I cannot tell if it is the actors own voices or a dubbing job… either way the words of many characters come out garbled like “summa beach you” and “fargin’ icehole” (OK, I made the last one up, but you get the point).

One of the funniest running gags in the film is that whenever the hero goes on his killing shifts, he changes into this annoyingly bright red jumpsuit jacket, prompting many riffs containing “Hey, Kool-Aid!” The other fashion gaffe is the nerdy black man who works for the mob boss. He is supposed to be a real bad-ass, but spends 3/4 of the movie sporting a bow tie and sweater vest in a variety of colors and styles. I searched all over IMDB but could find no evidence that he was actually Urkel’s dad, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

There is also an incredibly large gun (resembling the old Polish Cannons from the 70’s) that our hero uses as part of his plan to get his kidnapped wife back from the bad guys. The gun uses grenade sized bullets and makes for some glorious explosions. Look for some scenes of gratuitous nudity, courtesy of Ann Jackson. The only redeeming quality of this movie is the fact that the makers spared the audience the horror of watching it for a prolonged period of time. It’s only 80 minutes, but it’s a LONG 80 minutes.

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