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Trancers (1985)

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With the whimsical tagline "Jack Deth is back and he's never been here before," director Charles Band melds Blade Runner, The Terminator, and Jingle All the Way for this low-budget science fiction adventure. The story takes place in Angel City in the year 2247, when enforcer Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) has just retired from the weekly grind after vanquishing villain Martin Whistler (Michael Stefani) and his roving cohorts, called "trancers." But Whistler and his trancers have gone back to Christmas 1985, with the insidious plan of exterminating the ruling council by killing off all the council members' ancestors. So Deth agrees to go back in time to get Whistler and the trancers all over again. To do so, he must transfer his memory into the body of one of his ancestors, who in this case has just had an erotic interlude with the perky and attractive Leena (Helen Hunt), who works as a Santa's elf at a shopping mall and gets to wear a skimpy, tight-fitting elf suit. Deth discovers that Whistler has taken over the body of the police inspector and has started transforming the Los Angeles population into trancers --including Santa Claus. With Leena's help, Deth sets out to even the score.

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Cast

Tim Thomerson
as Jack Deth/Philip Dethon
Michael Stefani
as Martin Whistler/Lt. Wiesling
Art LaFleur
as McNulty
Telma Hopkins
as Engineer Raines
Richard Herd
as Chairman Spencer
Anne Seymour
as Chairman Ashe
Miguel Fernandes
as Officer Lopez
Miguel Fernández
as Officer Lopez
Biff Manard
as Hap Ashby
Peter Schrum
as Santa Claus
Barbara Perry
as Mrs. Santa Claus
Pete Schrum
as Santa Claus
Richard Erdman
as Drunken Wise Man
Wiley Harker
as Dapper Old Man
Allison Croft
as Baby McNulty
Michael McGrady
as Chris Lavery
Edward McClarty
as Jerry the Punk
Alyson Croft
as Baby McNulty
Don Ross
as Security Guard
Michael Heldebrant
as Boy with Santa
Kim Sheppard
as Newswoman
Steve O. Jensen
as The Butthead
Nicky Beat
as The Butthead
Lantz Krantz
as The Butthead
Tony Malone
as The Butthead
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Critic Reviews for Trancers

All Critics (6)

Lots of fun science fiction adventure

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Enjoyable low-budget sci-fi with good performances and a sense of humor.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A mish-mash of 50's and 80's retro that is laughable at best. But you can certainly do worse when you're in the mood for a "drive-in" kind of night

Full Review… | March 19, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Trancers

Tim 'king of the sci-fi B-movie' Thomerson is again in yet another time travelling sci-fi flick and again he's a cop with a really good name...meet 'Jack Deth'. Yep another cracker alright, this film makes Pyun's films look like mega budget affairs with top class acting. There really isn't much I can be positive about here, its not even enjoyable as a daft B-movie like 'Dollman'. Terrible effects with dreadful acting and some almost Ed Wood style moments of corn and action...plus the plot is surreal and incomprehensible at times. Look out for Helen Hunt and Thomerson with dark hair! amazingly Thomerson acted in another four more of these with Helen Hunt. On the plus side the electro synth musical score is really good and quite haunting. It really adds a touch of emotion to the film even though there is no emotion to be had because its so low budget and cheesy. Love the films poster art too.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

An okay sci-fi action thriller, with an average cast, and a predictable ending. It has some good scenes, but it could have been a lot better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I can't decide which is the more craptastic Blade Runner knockoff; this or "Runaway" starring Tom Seleck and his mustache. And I'm also not sure what exactly it is that inspired so many sequels but I think there is something to be said about the swagger and conviction of Tim Thomerson's performance. Both he and Helen Hunt lend a certain lovable humanity to an otherwise ridiculous film, making this time capsule of all that was wrong with 80's sci-fi (and the 80's in general) seem almost bearable. Unlike similar futuristic action flicks, Trancers doesn't even bother going through the motions. It's so predictable and throwaway in nature that it almost laps itself and transforms into something unique...almost.

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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