GETEVEN (1993), the vanity project runs the gamut big bucks to “here’s a quarter” budgets. No doubt falling in the range of the latter is DEATH KICK, a low budget action flick from the Show Me State of Missouri. Damn, I wish you hadn’t shown me.
Although the DVD box and IMDb listing have this as DEATH KICK, the actual onscreen title is the super redundant KICK TO DEATH – DEATH KICK. That is the cinematic equivalent of a “Danger! Rough Road Ahead” sign that you see while driving. The film wastes no time getting down to business as five folks of dissimilar backgrounds meet in a tile warehouse. They are there at the behest of leader Robert Tolcou (Jesse Bean) and despite their diversity they all have one thing in common. They all got screwed by divorce lawyer Adrian Lane (Michael Hartig). Tolcou’s plan is simple – he and his partner, Andrew Teal (Earnest Hart, Jr.), will kidnap Mr. Lane and bring him back to the warehouse. Each aggrieved person will then get to spend quality time with the Legal Eagle of their nightmares. And by quality time I mean they get to have a fighter of their own choosing beat the crap out of him. Each wronged party must give $50,000 to buy into the game and whoever kills Lane will get $250,000 (to be split 50/50 with their fighting avatar). Teal, a former cop, assures them that it will all be kosher because this warehouse was once a Fed safe house and the cops won’t bother them.
his Linkedin page shows he is still around and running his production company. His main occupation, however, is still law enforcement. Somewhere a collection of ropes and B-movie actresses willing to do nudity breathed a sigh of relief.