Trancers

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

On Charles

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.

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