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on 9 October 2007
This is a film that goes deeper than it says and that hurts our consciousness a lot. The film shows what anti-gay feelings can lead human beings to. They first lead a lot of men to marry and then hide in some cupboard hoping the marriage will be enough to cover up reality. This hurts the wife and of course the kids who cannot accept that reality: a man is not only attracted by women. They then lead cops to some awful carelessness and even criminal sloppiness as soon as some homosexual is concerned: gay men have only one future in their minds, to die for their crime, only one crime, gay sex. Then they lead some people to get involved and even systematically active in the perspective of serial killing with a reasoning that can vary a lot but that always come back to the idea that serial killing is more or less good for the victims that are saved from their trashy lives, from their lives that are trashed by their being gay. The film tries to capture the horror of these murders from inside the mind of the serial killer, and from inside the mind of the young cop who has not come out of the cupboard yet and is confronted to the serial killer courting him, including with his murders, then to the hostility of his fellow cops when he comes out to enable the investigation to move on, and finally to the guilt he feels in himself as for his gayness, as for his attraction for the serial killer, as for the victims of this killer who he believes his following his love and his desire for him encouraged into performing more killings, proving himself through the deaths he stages and executes. Then what is left after the film? Not much except that it has revealed the hatred "normal" people and cops feel and express against gay men, it has revealed that this hatred will survive any kind of horror though no explanation is provided, and it stages up at the end the come back of the killer who was killed on the scene of his crimes, and it can start all over again. And that is the pessimistic lesson of the film. There is no hope. It will always be with us. It will always haunt us. It will always possess us. What? Our hatred for non-standard sexual behaviors.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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on 14 January 2009
Hard [1998] This movie starts off promisingly with the "serial killer" picking up a young male hitcher in a desert location with appropriate threatening dialogue and atmosphere which makes for the start of a good thriller. Unfortunately the movie does not live up to these good opening possibilities. The problem with the film for me is two fold, the first being the heavy handed message of stereo type anti gay police officers and secondly, the poorly drawn and therefore unconvincing characters involved. The result is an uneven "B" movie poorly acted and directed.
This is a low budget movie with the usual "everyone helped out" cosiness and it shows. In the dreary extras section of deleted scenes the director suggests that there may be a sequel and, to everyone concerned, I respectfully suggest that you do not waste your time.
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on 14 August 2009
Some ideas are good, like the detective that is gay but does't dare coming out and at the same time prone to the dark charme of psycho gay killer,full of violence since unable to love another man without killing him after the forbidden kiss.The movie suffers of certain lack of economical means to develope it in something more than a tv movie. The cut, the photograph and the speed of the action should have been more enhanced, something like more "Collateral" wuould have be more suitable to develope this theme. Anyway it is worth to be seen.
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