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Angel City trooper Jack Deth is sent back in time from 2247 to 1985 L.A. to inhabit the body of his ancestor. Deth's assignment is to find his archenemy, Whistler, who turns people into zombies, before the fiend is able to kill all the ancestors of the future's governing council.
The bad guy in this movie gets subdued thanks to a former professional ballplayer turned alcoholic drifter who has retained his accuracy in throwing empty liquor bottles. Fun!
I had a lot of fun with this movie, from adorable Helen Hunt to the lead actor's tough guy persona, to the neon lights that infuse everything. It's a really offbeat Terminator ripoff, but I don't really give a shit about originality; everything's a copy of a copy, and it's not as if James Cameron didn't steal his ideas from somebody else (Harlan Ellison). There's some fun tough guy noir dialogue and some weird ideas about time travel. This is trash at its best.
Dry hair's for squids.
Wow that was shockingly entertaining. Easily my favorite film directed Charles Band now. The "shockingly" comes from having the words "favorite" and "directed Charles Band" in the same sentence.
It's a fun sci-fi take on zombies where the evil bad guy can basically turn weak minded people into zombies telepathically. They're smarter then "real" zombies, but you get the gist of it. Oh and there's time travel too.
Where this B-movie really shines though is it's cast. You have Tim Thomerson who is basically doing his Brick Bardo character from Dollman except here he's normal size and his name is... get this... Jack Deth. Ok, Dollman actually came out 6 years after this, but…
It's nice to be reminded that sometimes Charles Band movies are worth it. This shit is low-key bananas, like a z-grade Blade Runner/Terminator riff, but with a weirdly humpy Tim Thomerson, more neon than even American Gigolo, young Helen Hunt being amazing and ridiculous, and the most 1980s tinged 2385 you've ever seen (it's glorious, the temple setpieces look like Memphis).
In all probability, I wouldn't have watched this if I knew Helen Hunt was in it.
But as it turns out, this is probably her best performance and indeed her best film. Which is perhaps damning Trancers with about the faintest of faint praise that you can possibly get, but it's actually as enjoyable and dumb as I was hoping for and expecting.
I always used to see Trancers films in the local video shop when I was younger but I never went for them because they didn't look horrifically gory enough, so I left them be. However, now that I'm older and wi.... well, just older, I obviously appreciate the talents of Tim Thomerson. As everyone should. Yet I…
"he used to be a good cop... until a trancer killed his wife."
outstanding production for a FMP film. also like, a really great film? like blade runner mixed with samurai cop.
a fun sci-fi romp. It's short, fast paced, and entertaining. Has plot problems, but is overall worth a watch and a nice time killer.
This is some high-grade 80s cheese, and for that, it’s actually quite well-made and well-written. I like it.
"Your name's Jack Deth? What a dumb name."
1985. Directed by Charles Band.
Trancers is a definitive cult guilty pleasure, a film that revels in its foolishness and delights with its creative and respectful theft of tricks from other, genre giants
Jack Deth is a trooper, a police officer in the futuristic Angel City. He hunts Trancers, zombie-like cult members who serve Whistler, a rogue psychic who is able to bend his subjects wills to his own designs, leaving them as hidden monsters, waiting to strike when you least expect it. Deth learns that Whistler has "traveled down the line", a unique method of time travel in which the persona takes over the body of an ancestor in a different when. Deth himself takes the trip and…
This may be my new favorite Christmas movie
WHY WAS HELEN HUNT IN 3 OF THESE THINGS
For a low-budget time-travel movie that only lasts for 76 minutes, this is way better and more cohesive than it had any right to be.
Poor man's Blade Runner. Really muddled and underdeveloped concept in a plot that makes little to no sense, but which manages to deliver some moments of unintentional comedy gold. The hardboiled element has its charms, though, as well as the cheap noir-esque neon visuals of a dystopian Los Angeles.
I don't even want to imagine what the five sequels are like.
This starts out kind of cool and futuristic (cheapo Bladerunner rip-off, basically) but then seems to give up on that altogether. He was totally going for Harrison Ford too (i.e. "pal.") But then we don't even seem to be the future anymore for the rest of the movie. I like the slo-mo matrix thing, whatever that was, I guess. And there are some nice neon night shots. Helen Hunt's cute. I think I just didn't even pay attention to this movie. I don't really know what happened.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…