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Directed by: Tim Spring
Starring: Wings Hauser, Anneline Kriel, and Arnold Vosloo
Elliot Canner (Wings) is a streetwise bounty hunter
on the streets of NYC who always gets his man. When his number one most
wanted target, the sadistic serial slasher Wesley Wilson (Vosloo)
escapes the city and ends up in Angelique, South Africa, Canner is hot on his trail and he follows him there.
situation is getting desperate, as Wilson has revved up his
knife-slashings and gun-shootings to very frequent levels. So Canner
enlists the reporter/love interest Lena (Kriel) to act as bait. And it
doesn’t help that the local cops are always harassing Canner and not
Wilson. But it seems Canner and Lena are always one step behind the
nefarious and crafty killer...
Because the movie stars Wings and Vosloo, and has a similar title, you’d think this was some sort of companion piece to Living To Die (1990).
But it appears to be completely unrelated
otherwise. Wings is his usual charismatic, likable self, and Vosloo
puts on his best scowl and evil eye as the baddie. Vosloo as Wilson
doesn’t say much, but he does have a menacing presence. Plus his kill
count is pretty outrageous.
The plot is as basic as could be: Wings is after the serial killer.
End of plot. But because Wilson is primarily hunting hookers, Wings
must delve into the seedy underbelly of the city. Sure, there’s some
half-assed psychological motivation to Wilson’s prostitute murders, but
what’s really interesting is seeing Wings as the hero in a relatively
strange foreign land, investigating amongst the seamier side of life in a
quasi-slasher movie scenario. We tended to like the horror movie
elements, especially since the movie also features some decent stunt
work in the action scenes. Unquestionably, Wings carries the movie.
the Vidmark VHS released in the U.S. came in two versions:
one cut and one uncut. Make sure you get the uncut version. Vidmark
made it easy enough to do so, as there should be a square white sticker
that says “the original unedited version” on the proper tape.
While certainly not perfect, any fan of exploitation or Wings Hauser should find some meat on the bone with Reason to Die.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett