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Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth

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Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth

Current Status:
In Season
85 minutes
Helen Hunt, Tim Thomerson, Jeffrey Combs
Charles Band
Paramount Home Video
ActionAdventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a D

Back in 1985, a tatty TerminatorBlade Runner fusion called Trancers created a small stir by being one of the first movies to virtually skip theatrical release and make its name on home video. The adventures of future cop Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) as he travels to present-day Los Angeles to stop a wave of zombie killers, Trancers benefited from bemused performances and an enjoyably silly script. Six years later, the shelves are glutted with Z-grade quickies, so Trancers II would have to be mighty special to succeed. It’s not. In fact, if you haven’t seen the first movie, this slow, clanky sequel will seem like exposition hell. Despite the plot gymnastics, all you need to know is that a baddie has created another zombie army under the guise of the ”GreenWorld” ecological organization, and Jack has gotta stop him. Dumping on environmentalists is bad enough, but Trancers II also wastes of a lot of perfectly good B-movie actors: Thomerson (the poor man’s Harrison Ford), Helen Hunt (the poor woman’s Ellen Barkin), Re-Animator vets Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, scream queen Martine Beswicke, and cutie pies Megan Ward and Dani Klein. All that talent, and Trancers II still has no future. D