Band but not bad
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1985 | 15 | Blu- ray Director: Charles Band Cast: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani Band’s CV, one directorial credit stands out: Trancers, a cult item so entertaining that it balances out the surrounding dreck like Gingerdead Man Vs Evil Bong.
It follows Jack Deth, a maverick cop from 23rd century LA, who leaps back into the body of an ’ 80s forebear to pursue an evil mastermind intent on wiping out the future’s ruling council by killing their ancestors. At Christmas.
The high- concept is pure Terminator. The look and sound – narration, electro score, red and blue neon – is low- rent Blade
Runner. Deth’s trenchcoated character and the seedy downtown locations are hard- boiled noir. The tone is tongue in cheek. It’s a combination which works surprisingly well.
Plus, there are amusing oneliners aplenty, and some cute gimmicks – like a digital watch which can stretch time. If only Band had directed five movies this good, instead of the 47 he actually has, he’d probably be as well- respected as Roger Corman.
Extras: Commentary by Band and star Tim Thomerson; this could have done with a moderator, as they get sucked into watching the film instead of talking. A Making Of with Band and the writers ( 14 minutes) is more illuminating. Trancers: City Of Lost Angels ( 25 minutes) is one third of an anthology film shot in 1988, then lost until a workprint was found on VHS; by the same cast and crew, it’s an interesting curio, if you can tolerate the ropey picture quality. Other bits and bobs won’t detain you for long. Ian Berriman One line – “Nice tan – very Christmassy” was pinched from the Raymond Chandler film The Lady In The Lake.
Staying admirably calm in the face of background lightsaber battles.