DirectorWilliam Tannen Initial DVD releaseJune 4, 2002 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateAugust 26, 1988 (1988-08-26) WriterMichael Blodgett (novel), Dennis Shryack (screenplay), Michael Blodgett (screenplay) CastChuck Norris (Danny O'Brien), Brynn Thayer (Kay), Steve James (Robinson), Jack O'Halloran (Simon Moon), Jeffrey Kramer (Dwight), Ron O'Neal (Mayor) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, John Wick, Furious 7, Blackhat, Halloween
TaglineHeroes hit hardest.
Hero and the terror 1988
Hero and the Terror is a 1988 action film starring martial arts star Chuck Norris, directed by William Tannen. Produced by Menahem Golan, written by Michael Blodgett, and was distributed by Cannon Films. The film stars Norris as Danny O'Brien as a cop trying to stop a serial killer, Simon Moon known as "The Terror".
It is based on Michael Blodgett's 1982 novel of the same name.
Hero and the terror 1988 movie
Danny O'Brien (Chuck Norris) is a cop who likes to work alone and never waits for his back up. In Los Angeles, O'Brien is trying to apprehend the notorious Simon Moon (Jack O'Halloran), also known as The Terror. Simon has been killing women by snapping their necks and taking them to his lair in an abandoned movie theater. O'Brien is attacked by Simon who almost kills him in the struggle. When the killer flees the scene and climbs up a ladder he slips and falls, knocking himself unconscious. When the backup arrives they think O'Brien caught The Terror and the people of L.A. call him "Hero". Simon is then arrested and taken to jail.
When Dr. Highwater (Billy Drago) goes to visit Simon he escapes by cutting through the bars of his cell. He then steals a laundry van by push starting it but loses control and falls straight down into a cliff face. When the media hears about this they pronounce Simon dead and the people of L.A. are relieved.
Three years later the murders start back up again and O'Brien thinks it's The Terror. He eventually finds where his lair is and heads in to confront Simon himself. He encounters an enclosed room not on the map and heads in. In there he finds the bodies of The Terror's victims and starts searching around for him. Simon jumps out and attacks him and Danny tries to fight him off. O'Brien eventually kills The Terror and the film ends, as he marries his girlfriend who gave birth to their daughter.
Chuck Norris as Danny O'Brien
Brynn Thayer as Kay
Steve James as Robinson
Jack O'Halloran as Simon Moon
Jeffrey Kramer as Dwight
Ron O'Neal as Mayor
Murphy Dunne as Theater Manager
Heather Blodgett as Betsy
Tony DiBenedetto as Dobeny
Billy Drago as Dr. Highwater
Joe Guzaldo as Copelli
Peter Miller as Chief Bridges
Karen Witter as Ginger
Lorry Goldman as Ginger's Manager
Christine Wagner as Doctor
Hero and the Terror was Chuck Norris's first major attempt at diversifying from his traditional martial arts roles.
The movie had a mostly negative reception. It currently has a 0% rating on movie rating website Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the poor reception Chuck Norris' acting was praised and it has a cult following. Most fans call it one of his better movies.
Hero and the Terror grossed $1.84 million nationwide its first weekend at the box office, finishing in a disappointing 12th place.
The film premiered August 26, 1988 in the United States. It will be first time released on Blu Ray in June 2015, by Kino Lorber.
Hero and the terror 1988 official trailer chuck norris