“If you’ve ever been frightened by anything, you’ll be frightened by this!” That’s a bold tag line for Nomads, a movie with plenty of supernatural spooky moments, but nothing truly terrifying. The cover art, of which I am most familiar, having passed this rental many times a young kid only now having the chance to enjoy it on Blu-ray, is misleading. The spookiness, the supernatural elements, the real creep out is all psychological. This isn’t a ghostly/ghastly effects driven romp through a world of specters. Nomads plays out like a psychological thriller with some paranormal elements involving mind and though transfer. It’s true the titular nomads do have a bit of haunter in their nature, but first and foremost they appear as persons, unmade up save for their biker outfits.
Things to watch for: Pierce Brosnan’s accent is laughable and perfect. Unfortunately I found it moderately distracting. His performance itself is fine with great intensity and lovability. Keep your eyes on Mary Woronov too. She’s terrifying as always. She has a natural eeriness to her that is only amplified by her silent, stoic performance here.
The transfer looks solid though this is my first outing with the film. Some minor dust marks, but nothing to be worried about. The cover art is the traditional, powerful (though misleading) artwork. Though Nomads is not my favorite Scream Factory release of the year nor is it my favorite 80’s horror picture, I would surely pick up a one sheet for this release for its commanding creepiness alone. The reverse is a movie still, no alternate cover here. The interview with Bill Conti is tremendous for soundtrack lovers (that’s me). Conti discusses working with Ted Nugent, how to create scores in general and how to work with filmmakers. There are great lessons for aspiring artists here, composers and directors alike.
There’s something of October in Nomads. Something that might go well with The Wraith for a double feature. Once you get past some minor flaws in the production the Brosnan energy machine will carry you from beginning to end filling you with the proper amount of tension. Do not expect an effects driven, supernatural, Poltegeist showscape. Expect a subdued, thought provoking tale of the other and the strange and the supernatural with roots that almost feel real. Nothing goes bump in the night. In Nomads the darkest moments are in the everyday, in the real, right in front of you.
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From Scream Factory:
There are angels who patrol Los Angeles. And then there are the Nomads.
They creep. They kill... and no one knows who they are or where they came from. But when these rootless, demonic spirits descend on a determined doctor, all hell breaks loose. Bitten by a dying madman named Jean Pommier (Brosnan), Dr. Eileen Flax (Down) becomes the vessel for his turbulent and insane thoughts. Thrust into his last days, she is shocked to discover the existence of mysterious and murderous demons on a quest for destruction... and begins her own quest to somehow stop them before she joins Pommier in his horrifying fate!
New Interviews With Actress Lesley-Ann Down And Composer Bill Conti