Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Overlooked Movies -- Trancers


Tagline: Jack Deth is back -- and he hasn't even been here before.

Trancers is a dandy little B-movie that spawned quite a few sequels (I stopped watching with Trancers III, but I think there were more).  It's a hardboiled detective time travel movie.  Irresistible?  Sure.  Add to that Tim Thomerson doing a fine job as the trenchcoated star and voiceover guy and Helen Hunt being Helen Hunt (I like Helen Hunt).  It's a great combination.

The plot? Okay, here we go. Thomerson is Jack Deth (great name, right?), a police trooper in the far future (2247) who's after a guy named Whistler, who uses the power of his mind to turn people into zombies who serve him.  He evades capture by means of a drug that enables him to travel back to 1985 and inhabit the body of one of his ancestors, leaving his 2247 body behind (hey, it could work).  Deth finds out what's happened and destroys Whistler's body so he can't return to it.  Then Deth goes to 1985 to get Whistler.  Many complications ensue, including the fact that Whistler's ancestor happens to be a high-ranking cop and that Deth's ancestor is a reporter whose girlfriend is Helen Hunt.  Who'd go back to the future if his girlfriend was Helen Hunt?

If you watched the trailer posted below, you know that the special effects are cheap, and in fact the whole production is cheap, but Trancers is one of those B-movies that overcomes its flaws and brings the fun.  There's a reason there are so many sequels (which, let's face it, aren't as good as this one, although Trancers III isn't bad).  Check it out.

9 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Can't believe I never heard of this one.

Bill Crider said...

I can't believe it, either.

Patricia Elrod said...

It IS fun and Mr. Tim is in fine form!

Gerard said...

I just watched the trailer. I watched the whole two minutes 58 seconds and that should be enough.

Bill Crider said...

Gerard, you clearly don't have enough appreciation for Helen Hunt.

Don Coffin said...

I'd have liked the trailer better if it had been 2:58 of Hellen Hunt...or even better, 2 hours and 58 minutes of Helen Hunt.

Todd Mason said...

Then you need the film THE SESSIONS. IF you haven't seen that one, Bill, I suspect you'll enjoy it. I think it's a good film, and Hunt is much on display as a therapeutic sex-surrogate.

Todd Mason said...

And TRANCERS was a definite cult hit...probably the best-known, and one of the few good, films out of the Full Moon production unit, IIRC. (SUBSPECIES 2 being one of the few others, a rarity also in being a a sequel vastly better than the first film.)

Bill Crider said...

I've seen THE SESSIONS. Very interesting film.