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Trancers

USA 1985
produced by
Charles Band for Empire International
directed by Charles Band
starring Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani, Art Lafleur, Thelma Hopkins, Richard Herd, Anne Seymour, Miguel Fernandes, Biff Manard, Peter Schrum, Barbara Perry, Brad Logan, Minnie Summers Lindsey
written by Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, music by Phil Davies, Mark Ryder, special effects makeup by John Carl Buechler, cinematography by Mac Ahlberg

Trancers, Jack Deth

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In the 23rd century, when Los Angeles has sunk into the Pacific Ocean (& become Lost Angeles), cop Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) hunts for the Whistler (Michael Stefani) & his zombielike minions, the Trancers, "slaves to Whistler's psychic powers, not really alive, not dead enough". But the Whistler has found a new way of killing the "High Council", going back in time to 1985 and plucking the council's members ancestors out of time just then. Deth, good cop that he is, follows him to '85, but once there he realizes that the people back then are not really interested in his crazy story & more than a little reluctant to help him - & when he has finally convinced Helen Hunt he's telling the truth, he's already chased by the cops for murder - & the main detecitve on the case is ... the Whistler. Of course, after many more chases & fights with almost everyone from the cops to the trancers, Jack Deth can capture the Whistler & send him back to the future, but is himself now stuck in 1985 - which isn't all bad, for he's fallen for Helen Hunt anyway.

 

Before Charles Band was the Head of Full Moon Entertainment, he was the head of Empire International, a company that turned out basically the same video-fodder in the 80's that Full Moon would turn out later (and actually, Band would produce quite a number of sequels to Trancers at Full Moon). This here movie, obviously influenced by Terminator storywise, but closer to 40's & 50's hardboiled dick-movies in style, actually isn't half-bad, being fast paced, even having some good action & never taking itself too seriously. Also, the scenes set in the 23rd century do show some imagination - though obviously marred by a limited budget - not usually seen in cheap B-sci-fi-movies (or many big budget Hollywood-science-fictioners for that matter).

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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