Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
I’ve seen Dangerous Men twice now and it’s just as brain-breaking as the trailer implies. John Rad‘s mesmerizing B-movie cocktail of sex, violence, and revenge brought the house down at this year’s Fantastic Fest and it will soon start collapsing movie theater roofs all over the nation (in a purely metaphorical manner, of course). There are a ton of great “bad” movies out there, but this film, shot over 26 years by a bootstrapping Iranian immigrant, is top-notch, grade-A insanity. There has never been anything else quite like it – it has no right to exist or to be seen in any format beyond a crummy VHS tape passed along from one curious set of hands to another. But here it is.
We’re pleased to present an exclusive new clip from Dangerous Men, which is being re-released by Drafthouse Films, a company that has a habit of rescuing odd and unusual films from oblivion. These 60 seconds represent only a tiny fraction of the movie’s pleasures. Know that the fight scene depicted in the video below isn’t even the most bizarre fight scene in the movie. There’s a lot more where this came from.
Prepare to have your psyche annihilated by the new Dangerous Men clip after the jump.
It’s literally impossible to sum up the plot of Dangerous Men in a few concise sentences. Even the official synopsis can’t quite capture this sprawling, weird, formless story that picks up and abandons characters and subplots like an eager child changing toys mid-playtime. So let’s just say that it’s the female revenge flick / bikers vs. cops epic that you’ve been waiting for. In the clip below, rogue cop-on-the-edge David has a showdown with Black Pepper, the biker crime lord with a thing for knives, belly dancers, and rad ’80s hairdos. However, the real star of this clip is the sound editing:
You probably know if Dangerous Men isn’t for you. Not everyone likes this kind of outsider weirdness and that’s cool. But that just means the rest of us will have to love it more. Viewers may be quick to giggle at Rad’s joyful incompetence (and the movie is frequently hilarious whether it intends to be or not), but like the truly great bad movies, this is a movie worth engaging. Dangerous Men reminds me very much of Edward D. Wood’s films. Sure, they’re bad, but they’re not made by a hack who doesn’t care – they’re made by an independent artist working outside of the system to bring his vision to life. Rad and Wood represent the best kind of Z-grade filmmakers. Their insane, mind-melting passion is evident in every frame.
Here’s the official synopsis for Dangerous Men:
Killers. Perverts. Bikers. DANGEROUS MEN.
In 1979, Iranian filmmaker John 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.
Dangerous Men returns to select theaters this Friday, November 13. It will be available to watch on VOD platforms in December before hitting Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download early next year. If you have the chance to see this with a large, unruly crowd, don’t think twice.Cool Posts From Around the Web: