Payment In Blood Directors Cut (Super 8 Film)

This is the first 5 minutes of a Super 8 film I made in 1976-1977 using Super8 cameras. The original film was shot in Canton, Akron & Zoar, Ohio. It has been digitally transferred with the sound captured as well. It follows the story of 2 martial-arts experts who are hired to find a mad bomber terrorizing the city. In no time at all they are shot at, chased by crooked cops and discover they may even have met the bomber years before, culminating into the final confrontation with a gang of would be killers in a dungeon like scene reminiscent of Enter The Dragon.

The actors are actual martial arts students, black belts, green belts, golden gloves boxers and a winner 2 years in a row of the tough guy competitions that were popular in the era.

The film has been shown in competition, local halls and bars for years, with all who participated believing it was the best film they were ever in!

The film was shot on 1 sound camera and 3 silent cameras, ran for almost 48 minutes, was on an 800 foot film reel, and had 1,200 feet of outtakes (84 minutes). For the director's cut I was able to incorporate explosions into the movie where they had only been assumed or referenced in the original version, and outtakes were incorporated into the film because modern day editing tools made it possible. This clip contains sound effects,  purchased stock footage, 5 special effects from Detonation Films and several clips from the originally unused outtakes. The extruded text title was created using a graphics program. There are currently 19 tracks in the editing project.

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It is still a home movie, although it contains underwater photography (thanks to plastic bags and electrical tape and our friends swimming pool), a car chase (filmed under the supervision of the co-stars policeman father), a scene in an actual police station, and elaborate fight scenes filmed from several angles at a local abandoned circular horse stable built in 1916. The E&H Studios boxing ring is actually the Canton Police Boys Club.

Most of the original sound track has not been fixed yet and can only be heard on the left channel right now. I have worked on the film more since this clip was created and the sound editing has been a challenge but also rewarding.

1976 Super 8 Home Movie
1976 Super 8 Home Movie
1976 Super 8 Home Movie
1976 Super 8 Home Movie

Check out the Payment In Blood Filming Locations Below

Zoar Lake, Zoar, Ohio

 

The Old Timken Stables