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February 25, 2018
The glam rock track is a bit dated, but the film itself has some amazing startling moments. I first saw this on late-night TV and had to search to find the title, and promptly bought the VHS years ago. If you can get past Brosnan's faux French accent (I could), and if you like sort of non-gore, but bizarre mindgame horror, this movie may be for you. Ignore the naysayers and give this a chance. One of the only times I've strongly disagreed with Roger Ebert.
September 12, 2017
pierce brosnan pretending to be french. hes an expert on nomads. hes in LA and hes amazed that there are nomads running around. theyre called homeless people! but it turns out these punks are really demons, they convert him into a demon. stupid and boring.
½ August 21, 2016
What a disappointment. There's some decent atmosphere and music, and it's got a cool concept, but it's just a muddled, incoherent mess. Brosnans horrible French accent is also very distracting.
½ April 28, 2016
Hey, MST3K reboot! I found your first victim!

(How is this the same director who went on to direct Die Hard, of the tightest and most coherent films of the 80s?)
½ November 1, 2015
This was an alright movie from John McTiernan starring Pierce Brosnan, Lesley-Anne Down and Anna Maria Monticelli.
A bit of a strange movie that has Dr.Flax seeing the events leading up to her encounter with Pommier before he dies.
Some Nomad spirits stalk the home of Pommier so he gets intrigued.
Pierce Brosnan had a really bad French accent through the whole movie and there was very brief nudity.
October 12, 2015
Ajoittain ihan viihdyttv. Tmn jlkeen alkoikin McTiernanin loistava triplaputki (Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October).
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½ October 8, 2015
This extremely risible, effete and addlepated film was basically an audition for John McTiernan. A demo reel if you will for his next gig which was the massively popularized Predator. Arnold Schwarzenegger screened this and envisioned him as the perfect candidate for his extraterrestrial action flick. What did he see? He certainly has a cinematic eye with blue blips on the nocturnal Los Angeles skyline. Shackled in handcuffs while babbling French nonsense, Pierce Brosnan is eye-rollingly cheesy in his shellshocked hysteria and broadly nasal Inspector Clouseau accent. His escape from captivity is incompetently drenched in a slow-motion frame rate (which is the padding for most scenes) as he whispers into Dr. Eileen Flax's (Leslie-Anne Down with Virginia Madsen's poutiness) ear and dopey staging for a jump scare. From that point onward, Flax rhapsodizes about flashbacks to sociologist Jean-Charles Pommier's (Brosnan) existence before his untimely departure. The most laughably mundane is a possessed Flax reciting verbatim Pommier's conversation with a real-estate agent. It's also not a flattering portrait for hospitals. The physicians and nurses act awfully cavalier about the "lunatic" Pommier's extemporaneous death (and the staff is somehow fluent in French). To his disadvantage, McTiernan also wedges a malapropos rock-n'-roll guitar stingers and a heartbeat during the "suspense" in what should otherwise be a classy, supernatural affair. If this were a kamikaze satire on yuppie-in-danger movies, it would be a riot but sadly, McTiernan is the Claudio Fragasso who devoutly believes that leather-clad biker gangs in a blackout van are the sources for helter-skelter in the audience's nervous system. An interlude with a kindly nun doesn't decipher the cryptic, impenetrable storyline any further. While Pommier is photographing them, it degenerates into a Motley Crue music video. Seems Schwarzenegger took a monumental leap-of-faith on McTiernan because, based on this wafer-thin affidavit, he wasn't ready for the next phase.
May 18, 2015
Nomads is a disappointing film. It is about a French anthropologist who moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he once uncovered. Pierce Brosnan and Lesley-Anne Down give terrible performances. The script is badly written. John McTiernan did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture.
May 11, 2015
This movie is terrible, and it's funny reading the synopsis on Rotten Tomatoes that sounds so sarcastic. There was nothing scary or interesting about this movie, the acting (specifically the French accents) is horrible, and to top it all off none of it really makes too much sense and it ends anticlimactically. Terrible.
½ July 2, 2014
A really fucking weird, unique little horror film, it's odd and silly and visually brilliant, full of intense and visceral stylistic flourishes and it has a truly bizzare concept and execution, it's one of those movies that may actually be bad, but it's so creepy and off beat that it doesn't matter, also Adam Ant is in it as an undead Inuit biker punk, and Pierce Brosnan rocks an amusingly committed phony french accent. I've never seen a film quite like this.
½ May 15, 2014
"If you've never been frightened by anything, you will be frightened... by NOMADS."

So growled the menacing voice-over from the trailer for this neglected gem from the halcyon days of VHS.
Upon finally tracking it down, I found it to have aged not-too-badly
McTiernan went on to higher-profile action-packed things, but this debut is an assured one, and utillizes some neat trickery without ever overdoing it.
The performances are pretty solid throughout; Lesley-Anne Down is
And by the way, any movie with an almost silent standoff between Adam Ant and a tyre-iron wielding Pierce Brosnan can't be all bad.
½ May 7, 2014
Nomads (John McTiernan, 1986)
[originally posted 12Dec2001]

Having read Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's adaptation of this script a few months back, I was pleasantly surprised to see it crop up on a movie channel, and I sat down to give it a go. I concluded that Yarbro's above-average novel was written from the original script, not the finished product, and that some ham-handed editor had a field day with this thing between McTiernan and the big screen. I spent a few minutes being amazed that such a shabby cut-job made it to release, but then I remembered that McTiernan's second feature, Die Hard, lost almost an hour of the director's cut on initial release, too. Someone up there just doesn't like John McTiernan, even though his films have grossed something close to a billion dollars, all told.

The story introduces us to Eileen Flax (Lesley-Anne Down), an ER doc who finds herself confronted with a violent nutzoid type who's on his way off this mortal coil (Pierce Brosnan). Before he dies, said nutzoid bites Dr. Flax, and in some way this causes her to relive his final days. Turns out said nutzoid is Jean-Charles Pommier, world-famous sociologist and studier of nomads, and his profession has gotten him in some rather hot water. Can Flax get herself off Pommier's track before she ends up facing the same fate he did?

Read the novel before you see the movie. Whole subplots disappear. Flax's best friend goes from being one of the novel's major roles to being such a minor character in the film she's not even credited. (Not even on IMDB-that's MINOR.) If you've read the novel, you'll at least be able to figure out what's going on; otherwise, you'll probably say "what just happened?" at least ten times while trying to piece together what's left of this. Unwatchable, unless someone bothers to release a director's cut. Since it's McTiernan, that's a distinct possibility, but it doesn't exist as of this writing. * 1/2
April 2, 2014
Slick, intelligent, and demanding that the viewer watch, listen, and follow a perfectly plotted storyline, "Nomads" is the thinking person's "Fright Night". The titular demons are only '80's punks because story takes place in the '80's. Today they might be gangbangers, a hundred years ago they would have been street thugs, and so on. In fact, they are whatever they need to be in order to thrive, and thrive they do, at terrible cost to their victims. If you need blood thrown at the screen, glowing-eyed children scuttling across ceilings or tedious CGI whiz bang effects to frighten you, "Nomads" is not the movie for you. And Pierce Brosnan's French accent is, in a word, deplorable. But John McTiernan's looming terror ghost story, set in a moody depiction of an L.A. that is never quite fully illuminated, even in broad daylight, leaving plenty of shadows that let things... collect... is, in it's own way as powerful a masterpiece of tension and horror as Takashi Miike's "Audition". Just as the lead character in Audition could not see thee threat of the lovely Asami in "Audition", in "Nomads", too, the protagonists, like the audience, will see only what they look for. The luckiest of viewers will finish this film with a crawling certainty that what they saw was looking back.
February 13, 2014
It's hard to imagine anyone thinking this is a great movie. I can imagine something thinking its campy, but the story line is so underdeveloped and the premise so silly that it warrants nothing more. The possession theme makes no sense: (1) Pommier is better described as obsessed rather than possessed, but the lack of any detail in the backstory makes even his obsession incomprehensible, and (2) just how HIS memories become transferred to Dr. Flax and how it's related to having to do with the urban nomads is left completely unexplained. Again, not even an attempt at providing a basis for the plot line. Given the anthropological theme as the basis for the "spooky" parts of this movie, it doesn't even rise to the level of sophomoric. The nomads are a supposed to be a tribe, that's why Pommier gets interested in them, yet they have no characteristics of a tribal society. Then they turn out to be "in reality" trickster demons, which of course as demons are anarchistic, and so NOT a tribe! Are they anarchists or a tribe? Either way the premise and backstory fall apart. Also, punks and bikers together? Really? The writers and director must have never stepped outside of the suburbs. Research is what this story needed to turn it into something at least mildly interesting.
November 1, 2012
The writing is pretty bad at times (McTiernan never wrote another of his movies) but the premise is interesting and McTiernan shows flashes of what would make him one of the best action/suspense directors of the late 80s. More interesting than good.
July 23, 2012
Strange but scary, makes you wonder what you are really seeing. Saw this many years ago and when I found a CD I bought it. Great for a dark stormy night!
May 4, 2012
Dès le générique, et grâce à la musique, le film nous emporte et les premières séquences nous prennent aux tripes. La marque d'un grand. Déjà.
½ February 22, 2012
One of the worst movies ever made.
February 1, 2012
You thought listening to Pierce Brosnan sing in Mama Mia! was rough, how about listening to him try out a French accent; it's as bad as it sounds. The film itself is one of those bloodless horror films that attempts to pass itself off as intriguing simply because it plays with its own timeline. Sorry, but I dont think so. The roving band of nomads terrorizing Brosnan look like a reject gang from The Warriors. But how scary are these misfits supposed to be when Adam Ant is their leader? Yes, that Adam Ant. I should also tell you that we see most of the film as memory Brosnan's character has inserted into a vacant Lesley-Anne Down's head near the beginning of the film. Don't ask. Nomads turns out to be one of those movies where the characters should have just gotten the heck out of town instead of actually following the bad guy. It's a throwaway piece of mid-80's junk that I'm sure Brosnan never talks about.
December 28, 2011
This one was something of a forgotten title for me, as I was familiar with the video box but had somehow never gotten around to checking it out until I ran across it in a 'best horror/thrillers you've never seen list and figured it was time to give it a day in court.

The idea of creepy spirits roaming around modern cities is discomforting enough, but to see the toll that they take on a person who has a casual encounter with them is even more disturbing.

Well worth a rental or a Netfux Streaming viewing.
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