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January 24th, 2009 (11:10 pm)

Ah, joy. Netflix just sent me THE BLOOD OF HEROES, and I watched it, and I am immensely happy again. Looking back, Rutger Hauer gives a *freaky* vibe in most of his movies (sometimes disturbingly so, as in the insane but oddly enjoyable -- well, for half its length, anyway -- SPLIT SECOND, in which Hauer appears to have seized on every opportunity to suck face with co-star Kim Cattrall, whether or not it was in the script), but it works really well in TBOH, which I still maintain is the best post-apocalyptic bloodsport movie ever made. It's got a great cast and crew: Hauer shares above-the-title billing with the ever-awesome and gorgeous Joan Chen, and their teammates in said post-apocalyptic bloodsport include Delroy freakin' Lindo and Vincent goddamn Donofrio. Plus the great Australian B-movie actor Max Fairchild shows up. AND it is written and directed by David Webb Peoples, who wrote a little Clint Eastwood flick called UNFORGIVEN.

This movie *must* be awesome, you think on hearing that. And it is. Okay, I admit that when I showed it to friends in college they shrugged and looked at me funny, but I also have friends to whom saying "Nobody carries the Dog-boy" conveys meaningful information about the speaker's emotional state. Hauer is Sallow, who used to be in the League and played The Game in the subterranean Nine Cities. An indiscretion with a noble lady -- he offended a lord -- saw him banished to the surface, where he played in the crappy little settlements called dogtowns. Here, he and his team encounter Kidda, played by Joan Chen. Kidda is a farmer's daughter obsessed with the sport of jugging, which she enjoys in large part because she likes hurting people. After a spirited match in which Sallow's team beats Kidda's, Kidda manages to join Sallow's team by the expedient of breaking her counterpart's leg and crippling him. (Said counterpart, the Dog-boy, turns down an offer to carry him after he can no longer stand, in words that ring through the ages: "No! Nobody carries the Dog-boy.") After beating the bejesus out of every dogtown team in sight, they head for the Red City, where they hope to challenge the big leaguers at their game.

...um. Did I mention that the point of this game is to grab a dog skull and put it on a pointed stake?

Anyway, I freakin' love this movie. It's one of my possibilities for Yuletide next year. As far as I know, there is no fanfic, but apparently there is now *an international league dedicated to the game depicted therein.* It is played with ersatz dog skulls and foam weapons. Fans. God love 'em.


Posted by: silk_noir (silk_noir)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)

We in the SCA kingdom of Calontir have an annual event called Blood of Heroes wherein we've tailored The Game to fit in with SCA fighting rules. I haven't been to the actual event, but I was Quick a couple of times in practice, and let me tell you, it gets intense.

Posted by: LiamStLiam (liamstliam)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)


You beat me to it!


What I like about BoH (and I have never been, either), is that there are rules named after specific people for, say, not using oncoming traffic as a shield.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)


Posted by: vito excalibur (vito_excalibur)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)

If Split Second is one of my favorite movies, should I rent this one? :D

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)

You should *totally* rent this one. Be warned, though, it's an absolutely horrible DVD transfer. The colors are off and some scenes are nearly invisible. Also, no widescreen anywhere.

(You love SPLIT SECOND? We totally need to make another T-shirt. Outline of the assault shotgun, next to the words: "Stone/Durkin '08: WE NEED BIGGER GUNS.")

Edited at 2009-01-25 10:50 pm (UTC)

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)

Haven't watched this movie since it first came on HBO, but it is one of the better B movies I've ever seen. I had forgotten that Lindo and D'Onofrio were in it, even more awesomeness :)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: January 25th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)

It's a hell of a cast, isn't it? TOTALLY a great B-movie.

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