22 Jan ‘I Like to Hurt People’

This bonkers vintage wrestling doc shot entirely in Detroit was originally conceived as a schlock horror film. Only after embarking on their project did the filmmakers realize it made more sense as a documentary. With touches of the initially planned fictional film joining little-seen footage of prime ‘80s personalities like Andre the Giant, Bobo Brazil and Michigan native Ed (the Sheik) Farhat enthralling audiences at Cobo and carousing around the streets of a bygone Detroit, “I Like to Hurt People” achieves an absurd synthesis of historical document and meta cultural parody. Unrated; lots of wrestling violence.

After the film: Free Press sports writer George Sipple talks to Bryan Greenberg, producer, director of photography and co-editor of the film.

6:30 p.m. Sun., April 15, Cinema Detroit

YEAR 1985
RUN TIME 83 minutes
Directed by Donald G. Jackson