There are some voracious film watchers on Letterboxd with diverse tastes so I thought it would be interesting to see…
His name is Deth. He hunts Trancers. Even in the 20th Century.
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!
Trancers are sci-fi "zombies" in more of the voodoo sense of the term. The future villain of the movie is apparently able to turn weak-willed people into "trancers" who will mindlessly do his bidding. It seems that this villain does not actually need to be anywhere near a person in order to turn them into a trancer, meaning that trancers can turn up at pretty much any time during the movie.
The future villain in question is called Martin Whistler, which is far less interesting a name as the rogue cop who wants to track him down: Jack Death. (Okay, so imdb says it's spelt "Deth" but whatever.) It's a rather silly macho name like Jake Bullet (ref: Red Dwarf).…
Kicking off a new year of Patron! I love Letterboxd and I love all my faithful readers who like my stuff and engage me in conversation, every like and comment means a lot to me so thanks guys. Although I didn't expect it for another week my copy of 88 Film's new release of one of my favourites, "Trancers" has arrived and I can't think of much better a film to celebrate with.
Honestly Trancers is a film that surprisingly benefits from the scrutiny of HD rather than so many similar films which have crumbled under the weight of it, the singeing effect has never looked better and neither have the Trancers themselves. Although the quality of the BD itself…
Trancers is probably the most 80s movie ever made. Its got neon lights, a synth score, laserguns and a scene where the main character gets into a fist fight with a mall santa.
The film’s biggest debt seems to be to The Terminator, but the premise here doesn’t have the resonance of the earlier film, nor does it have the atmosphere. What it does have, though, is a lot of humour. It doesn’t take itself seriously, at all; but not to its own detriment.
Low budget 80s sillyness, but how can anyone hate a film that features a punk version of jingle bells?
Hugely recommended if you are into that whole neo-80s thing.
The hero of this story threatens to kick a little girl's ass.
This is a good movie.
Trancers is seemingly a mash-up of pretty much every action-sci-fi film ever made, but interestingly at least a few of the gimmicks it employs are borrowed from stuff that hadn't yet been made when it was released. If there's a more convincing argument for time travelers already being among us, I'd like to see it.
I've seen part 2 because it was always played on cable. Never saw the original until now. Really enjoyed it's low budget b movie charm. Thomerson and Helen Hunt have real good chemistry. The film was a lot of fun. Got a kick out of the Santa scene as well. Glad I finally caught up with this one.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Plot holes galore.
How did they develop time travel?
Why do people remember the changes in the timeline?
How can you "Trance" someone?
Why do they disintegrate?
Doesn't really matter that much to me because it's so gloriously entertaining. The main characters name is Jack Deth.
Still stupid. Still fun. Helen Hunt is still fucking gorgeous. Give me one of those long-second watches, please.
Dumb 80s sci-fi. Probably just about the best film to come from the Band family, with a fun (though overrated) performance from Tim Thomerson (who I keep wanting to spell as Thim Thomerson) and a very young Helen Hunt.
I liked Helen Hunt better when she was in fun crap like this.
I still don't know what a Trancer is.
Charles Band hace su Blade Runner para la Full Moon, y creo que no hace falta decir más. Aunque la peli se va desinflando poco a poco, el breve metraje y la fascinante media hora inicial dan para una merienda entrañable y palomitera que te devuelve a los 80 al instante. Divertidísimos Helen Hunt y el machoman Tim Thomerson.
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
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