Obscure Movie Villains: “Stingray” from ‘Undefeatable’

First presented in a sequence of attacks from an underground “death match”, “Stingray” (real name: Paul Taylor) is the antagonist of the US-shot Hong Kong production, Undefeatable (Ho, 1993).

“Stingray” is not only a skilled and deadly fighter; he is a psychotic wife beater. In an early scene, “Stingray” rapes his wife, which leads to her fleeing the family home – this drives “Stingray” on a personal quest to find (and most likely eliminate) his wife…by murdering every woman in the city/town posing with similar visuals to his wife (floral dressing and red/brown hair). As he approaches each woman, he asks their accompanying partner “What are you doing with my wife?” – Yes, he legitimately asks that – he then sometimes says “You’re coming home, Anna.” Prior to the start of his quest, there is a hilarious shot of him facing his mirrored self, spraying parts of his dark hair red, and saying “Anna, I’ll find you. I’ll find you.” Throughout the film, the “Stingray”-led “find-my-wife”quest is paralleled with a “find-the-killer-of-my-sister-and-other-women” quest co-led by Kristi Jones (Cynthia Rothrock) and policeman Nick DiMarco (John Miller) – “Stingray” is, of course, the killer of Kristi’s sister and other women.

The ridiculousness doesn’t end with “Stingray” – the whole film is ridiculous – most aspects feel over-the-top and over-acted. If you’re knowledgeable of older action films, you will most likely know that a 1980s/90s Cynthia Rothrock-starred movie isn’t going to have the same qualities as your mainstream Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis action spectacle of the time.

Without knowing it, you’ve probably watched a clip or two from Undefeatable if you’ve ever watched a YouTube video on “worst/best fight scenes”, “worst/best movie deaths”, “worst movies” etc., as scenes from this film feature prominently. The film’s “final kill” is incredibly infamous within the observation of over-the-top action films.

Pictures and site links of “Stingray”, Undefeatable and Cynthia Rothrock etc. are shown below:

The face of “Stingray” in a “death fight”.

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“Stingray” when he finds out Anna has left him.

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“Stingray” spraying his hair red.

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“Stingray” on the attack of an individual who is “with                                                                      his wife.”

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“Stingray” prior to killing his fight employer. “You don’t care about Anna!”

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Cynthia Rothrock, pretty as ever, meeting up for a street fight.

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“Stingray” and his weapon…

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Cynthia Rothrock in reply.

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“Stingray” LICKING blood on a knife thing.

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And officer Nick DiMarco!

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Best bits of “Stingray”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHswc4eR_Zc

Undefeatable in full

 

 

Thank you for reading,

Dom.

For John.

 

All imagery is sourced from Undefeatable (1993) Whe Europe Limited / Dir: Godfrey Ho / Prod: Ho.

 

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