Attendees at the Fantastic Fest secret screening on September 29, 2015 were treated to a junk-food cinema treasure: Drafthouse Film’s showed off “Dangerous Men”, their most recent acquisition, which will surely join “Miami Connection” as one of the film distributor’s “so bad it’s good” classics.
Best-known previously in L.A. film geek circles, the film was the passion project of John Rad, an Iranian immigrant who began writing, producing, shooting and scoring the project starting in the 80’s. But it took nearly two decades for the film to be released, and even then, it was only to a handful of Californian movie theaters.
The film is a crazy quilt fever dream action film about a woman who goes on the rampage after witnessing the death of her fiancee from a group of thugs. But the straightforward description is a poor way to setup the film experience, because its sleazy synth soundtrack, awkward dialogue, bad editing and turgid pacing have to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
The Drafthouse Film press release elaborates on its unusual charms: “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.”
It took nearly four years to secure the rights from Rad’s family (he passed away in 2007), and extra time working with the American Genre Film Institute to restore it. This makes it a major score for the Drafthouse Cinema brand, and for cult classic film lovers the world over.
Be sure to check out the film’s trailer which we’ve embedded, because it must be seen to believed. ‘Dangerous Men’ will get a national release on November 13th, 2015, followed by VOD in December. A Blu-ray, DVD and VHS release date will be announced in early 2016.