Hellbound (1994)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Thriller, Police Detective Film  |   Release Date - Apr 8, 1994 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Though the direction of Hellbound is sometimes erroneously credited to editor Michael J. Duthie, the actual director was Aaron Norris, brother of the film's star, Chuck Norris. The story begins with the ritualistic murder of a Chicago rabbi. Detectives Shatter (Norris) and Jackson (Calvin Levels) are assigned to the case, and are compelled to follow the trail of evidence all the way to Israel (where the film was lensed in its entirety...even the Chicago sequences). Once in the Holy Land, Shatter and Jackson discover that the murderer is a centuries-old supernatural entity, a malevolent creature determined to "cleanse" the world. The premise is workable and Norris is in fine form, but the dialogue in Hellbound is too Ed Wood Jr.-esque. (Wait until you hear that conversation about a missing heart!) Filmed in 1992, Hellbound went directly to video in 1994.

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detective, evidence, investigation, killing, murder, private-detective, Rabbi, supernatural, supernatural-forces