Hero and the Terror (1988)

R | 95-97 mins | Adventure, Drama | 26 August 1988

Director:

William Tannen

Producer:

Raymond Wagner

Cinematographer:

Eric Van Haren Noman

Production Designer:

Holger Gross

Production Company:

Cannon Films
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HISTORY

According to the 17 Nov 1987 HR production chart, principal photography began on 2 Nov 1987. A brief in the 15 Nov 1987 LAT reported filming took place in Los Angeles, CA. Locations included the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier, as reported in the 3 Aug 1988 DV review. Referring to the picture by the working title, Hero, The Cannon Group announced in the 23 Feb 1988 HR that the film was currently in post production.
       Another working title for the film was The Hero and the Terror, as stated in a 22 May 1988 Chicago Tribune article.
       The 17 Nov 1987 HR production chart listed actress Sloan Fischer as a part of the cast, but Fischer is not credited onscreen.
       Although the film was reported by the 22 May 1988 Chicago Tribune as scheduled to be released on 5 Aug 1988, the picture opened three weeks later on 26 Aug 1988, as noted in the NYT review of the same date. The 15 Apr 1990 LAT stated the film grossed approximately $6 million at the box-office.
       The 10 Aug 1988 Var review listed the film’s duration as ninety-six minutes. However, the review in the 26 Aug 1988 LAT noted the film was ninety-five minutes, and the review in the 26 Aug 1988 NYT listed the running time as was ninety-seven minutes. The print viewed for this record was ninety-six minutes.
       End credits state: “The Producers would like to ... More Less

According to the 17 Nov 1987 HR production chart, principal photography began on 2 Nov 1987. A brief in the 15 Nov 1987 LAT reported filming took place in Los Angeles, CA. Locations included the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier, as reported in the 3 Aug 1988 DV review. Referring to the picture by the working title, Hero, The Cannon Group announced in the 23 Feb 1988 HR that the film was currently in post production.
       Another working title for the film was The Hero and the Terror, as stated in a 22 May 1988 Chicago Tribune article.
       The 17 Nov 1987 HR production chart listed actress Sloan Fischer as a part of the cast, but Fischer is not credited onscreen.
       Although the film was reported by the 22 May 1988 Chicago Tribune as scheduled to be released on 5 Aug 1988, the picture opened three weeks later on 26 Aug 1988, as noted in the NYT review of the same date. The 15 Apr 1990 LAT stated the film grossed approximately $6 million at the box-office.
       The 10 Aug 1988 Var review listed the film’s duration as ninety-six minutes. However, the review in the 26 Aug 1988 LAT noted the film was ninety-five minutes, and the review in the 26 Aug 1988 NYT listed the running time as was ninety-seven minutes. The print viewed for this record was ninety-six minutes.
       End credits state: “The Producers would like to thank: The Management and Staff of the Wiltern Theatre; Christopher Holmes; Beatrice Tannen; Mary Thompson.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
22 May 1988
Arts, p. 6.
Chicago Tribune
22 May 1988
Tempo, p. 3.
Daily Variety
3 Aug 1988
p. 3, 14.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
15 Nov 1987
Calendar, p. 35.
Los Angeles Times
26 Aug 1988
Calendar, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
15 Apr 1990
Calendar, p. 27.
New York Times
26 Aug 1988
Section C, p. 12.
Variety
10 Aug 1988
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
The Cannon Group, Inc. Presents
a Golan-Globus Production
a Raymond Wagner/William Tannen Film
A Cannon™ Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Keylite elec
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dir
Art dept asst
Illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutting
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const foreman
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Lead painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
COSTUMES
Set costumer
Costumer asst
Costumer asst
Jewelry courtesy of
Furs courtesy of
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus coord
Mus rec and mixed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable man
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
1st asst sd ed
2d asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Sd transfer
Sd transfer
Sd transfer
ADR/Foley mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Title des
Title des
Main titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key makeup and prosthetics
Makeup/Hair for Mr. Norris
Makeup & hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Casting
Exec head of prod
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Loc mgr
Asst to the prod
Prod auditor
Secy to Mr. Norris
Unit pub
Extra/Addl casting
Asst prod auditor
Dial coach
Loc asst
Loc asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft services
Prod intern
Prod intern
Voice casting
Prod services and equip provided by
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation secy
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Fight choreog
Trainer for Mr. Norris
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based upon the novel Hero and the Terror by Michael Blodgett (New York, 1982).
SONGS
“Two Can Be One,” music by David M. Frank, lyric by Robert Jason and Denise Osso, performed by Joe Pizzulo and Stephanie Reach.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Hero and the Terror
Hero
Release Date:
26 August 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 26 August 1988
Production Date:
began 2 November 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Cannon Films, Inc., & Cannon International
Copyright Date:
28 October 1988
Copyright Number:
PA388685
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
95-97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29101
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, police detective Danny O’Brien has a nightmare related to his apprehending serial killer Simon Moon, known as “The Terror,” three years earlier: beneath the Santa Monica Pier, Danny and his partner, Dwight, find Moon’s hideout and the bodies of his female victims. As Danny follow Moon’s tracks in the sand, the killer attacks and nearly drowns Danny. Danny climbs a ladder to escape, followed by Moon, but the killer falls and is knocked unconscious. When Dwight and backup officers arrive, they give Danny the nickname, “Hero,” and Moon is sent to Camden State Maximum Security Hospital. Danny is awakened by a telephone call from his pregnant girl friend, Kay Kennedy, reminding him that he agreed to help move her belongings into his apartment. He tells Kay that his nightmares relating to Simon Moon are starting again. As his former therapist, Kay insists the dreams will go away in time. At Camden State Hospital, Dr. John Highwater discovers Simon Moon has escaped from his cell and stolen a laundry van. Moon drives the van off a cliff into a river, but his body is not found. At the newly renovated Wiltern Theatre, employee Betsy Hammond goes to the restroom. Simon Moon emerges from an air vent. After breaking Betsy’s neck, Moon drags her body to his hideout above the theater’s false ceiling. Meanwhile, Danny and Kay learn they are having a daughter. Danny asks Kay if she wants to get married, but she does not feel ready. In the evening, the Wiltern holds a premiere for actress Ginger Franks’s new ... +


In Los Angeles, California, police detective Danny O’Brien has a nightmare related to his apprehending serial killer Simon Moon, known as “The Terror,” three years earlier: beneath the Santa Monica Pier, Danny and his partner, Dwight, find Moon’s hideout and the bodies of his female victims. As Danny follow Moon’s tracks in the sand, the killer attacks and nearly drowns Danny. Danny climbs a ladder to escape, followed by Moon, but the killer falls and is knocked unconscious. When Dwight and backup officers arrive, they give Danny the nickname, “Hero,” and Moon is sent to Camden State Maximum Security Hospital. Danny is awakened by a telephone call from his pregnant girl friend, Kay Kennedy, reminding him that he agreed to help move her belongings into his apartment. He tells Kay that his nightmares relating to Simon Moon are starting again. As his former therapist, Kay insists the dreams will go away in time. At Camden State Hospital, Dr. John Highwater discovers Simon Moon has escaped from his cell and stolen a laundry van. Moon drives the van off a cliff into a river, but his body is not found. At the newly renovated Wiltern Theatre, employee Betsy Hammond goes to the restroom. Simon Moon emerges from an air vent. After breaking Betsy’s neck, Moon drags her body to his hideout above the theater’s false ceiling. Meanwhile, Danny and Kay learn they are having a daughter. Danny asks Kay if she wants to get married, but she does not feel ready. In the evening, the Wiltern holds a premiere for actress Ginger Franks’s new film. Ginger goes to the restroom to retouch her makeup, but Moon kills her. Ginger’s body is found in a park near the theater. At the mayor’s insistence, Danny is ordered to investigate Ginger’s murder. Seeing her neck was broken, Danny believes Simon Moon is alive. He meets with Dr. John Highwater, and learns that Moon kills on instinct like an animal, and has a drive to take his victims to a place where he feels safe. Danny visits Moon’s former hideout at the pier. His partner, Dwight, arrives and informs Danny that Betsy’s father reported to police that his daughter went missing while working at The Wiltern. At City Hall, Danny informs the mayor and his assistant, Sal Copelli, that Simon Moon is killing women inside the theater. The mayor agrees to have an officer remain at the theater at all times to search for Moon. After an evening out, Danny and Kay arrive at The Wiltern to see Danny’s friend and coworker, Bill Robinson. While Danny updates Robinson on the return of Simon Moon, Kay goes to the restroom. However, Danny insists they go home, but Kay goes into labor, and Danny drives her to the hospital. As Kay gives birth, Bill Robinson is murdered by Moon and his body placed outside the theater. When informed of Bill’s death, Danny and Dwight go to the theater, and find the unlocked air vent in the women’s restroom. Climbing inside, Danny makes his way above the auditorium, but sees no sign of Simon Moon. In the morning, Danny looks over The Wiltern’s blueprints and finds a hidden prop room he missed. Returning to the theater, Danny finds Moon’s hideout, and the bodies of several victims. Moon attacks Danny. Leading Moon to the roof outside, Danny kills the killer by throwing him through a skylight to the theater floor. Afterward, Danny arrives at the hospital with a priest. Seeing the priest, Kay agrees to marry Danny. +

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