Aka "Future Cop"
"Trancers" really deserves no more than 2 stars but I couldn't help it. It's such a damn entertaining B-movie that I had to bump it up a star. I mean come on, a film about a future cop named Jack Deth that travels back in time to 1985 Los Angeles to catch the leader of a psychic-like zombie cult? Sounds like one of the best B-movies ever made to me! Well maybe not, but it sure is a guilty pleasure
The film opens in a dark, "Blade Runner"-like future with a burnt-out Dekker like cop (Tim Thomerson, in his career defining role of Jack Deth) killing (excuse me, I believe the proper term is "singeing") Trancer scum. The council leaders in this bleak future announce to Jack Death that the leader of the zombie-like cult (named Whistler) has transferred his consciousness to an old relative in 1985 in order to kill off the council members ancestors, negating their existence in the future. Deth takes the mission and it's a fun man out element (or time) adventure as he convinces his ancestor's girlfriend (Helen Hunt, in her first major role) to help him to singe our scum leader before he goes back to a future that's only populated by Trancers. The plot is essentially Blade Runner meets Terminator with a hint of Scanners so one can't expect anything remotely original. Despite this is low budget, B-movie goodness that only the likes of Charles Band can make.
Written By Eric Reifschneider