Hero and the Terror

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Hero and the Terror
Hero and the Terror poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Tannen
Produced by Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
Lance Hool
Written by Michael Blodgett
Music by David Michael Frank
Cinematography Eric Van Haren Noman
Edited by Christian Wagner
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release date
  • August 26, 1988 (1988-08-26)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,301,200 (USA)

Hero and the Terror is a 1988 action film starring martial arts star Chuck Norris, directed by William Tannen. Produced by Menahem Golan, written by Michael Blodgett, and was distributed by Cannon Films. The film stars Norris as Danny O'Brien as a cop trying to stop a serial killer, Simon Moon known as "The Terror". [1]

It is based on Michael Blodgett's 1982 novel of the same name.


Danny O'Brien (Chuck Norris) is a cop who likes to work alone and never waits for his back up. In Los Angeles, O'Brien is trying to apprehend the notorious Simon Moon (Jack O'Halloran), also known as The Terror. Simon has been killing women by snapping their necks and taking them to his lair in an abandoned movie theater. O'Brien is attacked by Simon who almost kills him in the struggle. When the killer flees the scene and climbs up a ladder he slips and falls, knocking himself unconscious. When the backup arrives they think O'Brien caught The Terror and the people of L.A. call him "Hero". Simon is then arrested and taken to jail.

When Dr. Highwater (Billy Drago) goes to visit Simon he escapes by cutting through the bars of his cell. He then steals a laundry van by push starting it but loses control and falls straight down into a cliff face. When the media hears about this they pronounce Simon dead and the people of L.A. are relieved.

Three years later the murders start back up again and O'Brien thinks it's The Terror. He eventually finds where his lair is and heads in to confront Simon himself. He encounters an enclosed room not on the map and heads in. In there he finds the bodies of The Terror's victims and starts searching around for him. Simon jumps out and attacks him and Danny tries to fight him off. O'Brien eventually kills The Terror and the film ends, as he marries his girlfriend who gave birth to their daughter.



Hero and the Terror was Chuck Norris's first major attempt at diversifying from his traditional martial arts roles.[2][3]


The movie had a mostly negative reception. It currently has a 0% rating on movie rating website Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the poor reception Chuck Norris' acting was praised and it has a cult following. Most fans call it one of his better movies. [4][5][6]

Box office[edit]

Hero and the Terror grossed $1.84 million nationwide its first weekend at the box office, finishing in a disappointing 12th place.[7]


The film premiered August 26, 1988 in the United States.[8] It will be first time released on Blu Ray in June 2015, by Kino Lorber.[9]


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