Friday, April 22, 2016

DANGEROUS MEN (Drafthouse Films Blu-ray) - Beach Thugs, Synthesizers and Overflowing Morgues

Dangerous Men is the next Miami Connection, Ninja Busters or Samurai Cop for you. I hesitate to say it’s the next Raw Force because that movie is absolutely filled to the brim with gonzo 80’s action that crosses genres while Dangerous Men is really a true Action Thriller. What took 26 years to create will become an instant favorite because it combines superb action sequences that are all 80’s with quotable dialogue, that music that all the hip kids are trying to emulate these days and a baddie named Black Pepper. Drafthouse Films has been digging these things out of the ground lately to provide maximum entertainment for folks who thought they had seen everything from the Canon Films school of filmmaking.

After watching the picture I was re-reading what Drafthouse films had to say about the story and the action sequences. It isn’t often that you get “beach thugs”, overflowing morgues and blairing synthesizers in one release from a director who started in Iran and came to the US of A during the time of Regan to create badassery on an escalating scale. It’s not that this is a retro movie that was shot today and perfectly emulates the time in which the story takes place. This movie simply took a long time to come into fruition and is finally making its way to HD Blu-ray for you. This movie looks great on Blu, but it also still has the 1980’s feel and look, uncompromised by restoration and release.

Remember that if you like Dangerous Men you absolutely must pick up Miami Connection, Ninja Busters and Samurai Cop. These are recent Blu-ray releases with similar feel and look to DM. In the same way if you enjoyed Miami Connection and movies that feature 80’s action, 80’s awesome and could have been shot by the Golan-Globus production team you owe it to yourself to get this in front of your eyeballs. John S. Rad, the working name of Jahangir Salehi, passed in 2007 and will not get to see the reception this film will receive from a generation that appreciates his over the top vision. The film did see it’s release initially in 2005.  If you’re interested in digging deeper into his work, he made two films prior to leaving Iran, If a Leaf Never Falls and Under the Skin of the Night in the mid 70’s.

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By the by, I saw that one reviewer said that this movie was “worse than Tommy Wiseau’s The Room”. They are completely different animals and the basis comparison is only that they are “so bad they are good movies”. Don’t go in expect anything like the Wiseau classic nor any comparison to Ed Wood Jr. pictures. You might find suitable comparison in The Exterminator 2 with some of its poor production value with maxed out violence and in your face tactics.

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From Drafthouse Films:

Killers. Perverts. Bikers. DANGEROUS MEN.
In 1979, Iranian filmmaker John S. Rad moved to the U.S. to shoot his dream project, a rampaging gutter epic of crime, revenge, cop sex and raw power. Just 26 years later, he completed an American action film masterpiece that the world is still barely ready for today: DANGEROUS MEN.

After Mina witnesses her fiancé's brutal murder by beach thugs, she sets out on a venomous spree to eradicate all human trash from Los Angeles. Armed with a knife, a gun, and an undying rage, she murders her way through the masculine half of the city's populace. A renegade cop is hot on her heels, a trail that also leads him to the subhuman criminal overlord known as Black Pepper.

It's a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, brain-devouring onslaught of '80s thunder, '90s lightning, and pure filmmaking daredevilry from another time and/or dimension. Blades flash, blood flows, bullets fly and synthesizers blare as the morgue overflows with the corpses of DANGEROUS MEN.

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