Six Gary Daniels Movies That Will Knock Your Teeth Out

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Gary Daniels isn’t a name you hear tossed around the water cooler these days. Although the talented martial artist has starred in several action-packed direct-to-video “classics”, even the hardest of hardcore film fanatics aren’t overly familiar with the man’s less-than-incredible body of work. At their very best, Daniels’ low-budget endeavors are still several hundred light years away from the stuff Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van-Damme are churning out these days. And while his recent efforts are largely considered to be the cinematic equivalent of a hard, dry bowel movement, I find them to be oddly enduring and totally satisfying. Feel free to toss my credibility into the nearest waste bin should the urge suddenly strike you. I won’t judge you.

Since Mr. Daniels is scheduled to return to the big screen in Sylvester Stallone’s 2010 action epic “The Expendables” this August, not to mention the forthcoming “Tekken” flick, I thought it was only fair to give the much-maligned action star the credit he rightfully deserves. Below you’ll find the cream of Gary Daniels’ admittedly wonky crop, arranged in a manner that’s both visually stimulating and incredibly informative. Well, as stimulating and informative as this sort of eccentric list can be. Do keep in mind, however, that these films are not intended for viewing by anyone who demonstrates a low tolerance for incoherence, goofy plotting, and wretched acting. You have been warned, my friend.

You. Have. Been. Warned.

Honorable mentions include: Charla Driver’s “Deadly Target”, Richard Pepin’s “Firepower”, and Joseph Merhi’s “Riot”. Valiant efforts all around.

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  • Chris

    I liked his parts in Ring of Fire and Final Impact as well. I’ve been a Daniels fan since like 91 or 92 so It’s really great to see him getting better quality movies under his belt..

    I think I own every one of his films on DVD now besides his last couple from 08 and 09. If you look hard enough you can still find new copies of most of his work.

  • Chris

    I liked his parts in Ring of Fire and Final Impact as well. I’ve been a Daniels fan since like 91 or 92 so It’s really great to see him getting better quality movies under his belt..

    I think I own every one of his films on DVD now besides his last couple from 08 and 09. If you look hard enough you can still find new copies of most of his work.

  • AmandaByNight

    I love Spoiler and it’s actually one of my favorite Daniels films. He’s awesome. I also LOVE Rage and I liked Riot quite a bit too. Personally, I think he’s the best looking action guy we got, and not a bad actor. I was THRILLED to see him in The Expendables!

    Also, I admit it, I love Epicenter. There, I said it!

  • Hero_of_heroes

    Anybody know where I can download RAGE? I can send you a copy of Fist of the north star, Blood moon, and Cold harvest. I dare say Gary Daniels 3 best films (but then I haven’t seen rage).

  • guest

    I like spoiler and white tiger that’s it.