Haven't seen this since I was about Drew's age in the movie! Barely remembered anything about it.
As an adaptation of the novel, this is remarkable faithful with only minor, necessary changes to make the transition successful. But also like the novel, it's kind of a slow burn and not completely satisfying. The explosive finale is cool, though. :)
I do wish they had cast a Native American to play Rainbird, though, like he is in the book.
This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I re-watched it countless times. I've been nervous to revisit it as an adult, but honestly it was just as enjoyable as it ever was.
And as with almost all '80s kids movies, I don't think they'd make a movie like this, with as much actual peril and violence, for today's overprotected kids. I wonder if movies like this psychologically affected my generation in any significant way.
Payment in Blood is one hell of a revenge film, unfortunately it's also extremely rare and the only known-to-exist version is from a German-dubbed VHS without subtitles. Kuei Chih-Hung is quite the dynamic visual filmmaker, though, which makes the experience of Payment in Blood visceral and engaging even without understanding a single word of dialogue. It helps to have a general idea of how revenge films work, but seriously just about everything you need to know about the movie is…