Original Title: I Like to Hurt People
Director: Donald G. Jackson
Genre: Documentary, Wrestling
The Shiek wreaks havoc throughout the sleaziest locales of the American wrestling circuit, maiming, mauling, and living up to his life's code: I like to hurt people!
It's funny. As I was watching I Like To Hurt People, I couldn't help but be reminded of Ed Wood: the infamous (that's when you're MORE than famous!) shlockmeister who would use random stock footage in his movies to fill time. Well, that's sort of what we get here with Donald Jackson's entry into the wrestling world. And upon looking at his wikipedia page, I find that apparently he was referred to in the media as the Ed Wood of the video age!
Please, please check out the titles in Jackson's filmography. Wow...
Most of the film though is footage of various wrestling matches I believe are from the late 1970s when The Sheik was NWA USA Heavyweight Champion (the Detroit Territory version). Jackson has seemingly created a story in which various opponents line up to try to knock down The Sheik who has gone extra wild - attacking all his opponents with forks and pipes and other objects during the matches. In reality, this is how The Shiek wrestled all the time!
This guy was a pretty sick fucker as far as professional wrestling goes. The true originator of "hardcore wrestling" as it came to be known in the 1990s, The Sheik all the way back to the 60s was known as an over the top rule breaker, stabbing people legitimately with forks in the arms, chest, and head to draw blood in a hurry. I would have hated to work with this guy.
ECW's Sabu is the nephew of The Sheik,
There are also side stories with a fat woman (Heather Feather) wrestling a man, and with another wrestler discussing his home life and the fact that he just likes to hurt people.
Awkward Family Photo!
There is another pointless side story of a little nerdy man who has started an organization called Stop The Sheik, or STS. There's so much filler in here that has nothing to do with each other. It all "comes together" in the closing scene where The Sheik and his new manager are riding in a car, babbling on about something to do with Muhammad Ali making an appearance, then it just ends. Nothing resolved! Sorry for the spoiler I guess...
At times it feels like a documentary, at times a mockumentary, at times a fucking terrible comedy. It's a mess of a fucking movie that is obviously guided mostly by what wrestling footage was available, but still interesting nonetheless... maybe in its ineptitude. It was hard to tell at times what was stock footage and what was filmed new for the movie.
Ox Baker looks like Genghis Khan and Jesse Ventura had a love child.
I Like To Hurt People ends up being kind of boring because it doesn't really make sense, but I liked it anyway
Score: 5.5 / 10