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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 fiance'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 is perhaps the ultimate artifact in the hunt for the most profoundly insane piece of personal filmmaking ever produced. --Drew McWeeny, HitFix
One of the most gloriously baffling and yet mesmerizing films I have ever seen. --Brendan Foley, Cinapse
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The phrase "so bad, it's good" comes to mind, but honestly this doesn't begin to encompass the bizarre chain of events that occur during an 85 minute block. There is no protagonist to focus on, the characters have no clear motivation, and by the end of the film none of the original characters are even mentioned. But the thing is... I was still entertained. 85 minutes of schlock with some very questionable music was more than enough for me to laugh uncontrollably from beginning to end.
The acting is so bad. So bad. There's a actually a scene where an actor has his script open in front of him with his lines highlighted. Make no mistake, you'll be watching a film that is completely and utterly incoherent. Just go in with a sense of adventure, and enjoy this strange but endearing film.
Talon: These men are clearly dangerous. Taking that many punches to the face like Police Detective did would've left me in a coma.
Joe: Watching this movie almost left me in a coma.
Talon: I'm also confounded and emotionally confused that this took twenty-six years to make. Every scene I reminded myself of that, and it brought me to a state somewhere between depression and hysteria. I laughed at the wrong moments. I screamed at the television to spare me. Thoughts of throwing away the DVD came into mind, but that would take up too much space in the garbage.
Beyond the mental agony and brain scarring I endured, the fight scenes were worth seeing. My mouth turned dry from laughing so much.
But I don't want to see Tiger or Black Pepper make out with belly buttons ever again.
Joe: I probably shouldn't have watched a movie with such a high level of sloppy eroticism with my son.
I liked more than just the fight scenes. The whole film was so kludgey, so irreverent, it was like watching a drug induced dream.
Talon: Here's some of the dialog my dad and I had while viewing. Try to imagine some of our phrases as catchy slogans:
"Here comes the rape again. That an Eurythmics reference."
"How did the police cars change shape?"
"Twenty-six years of footage."
"Dangerous men... aren't really that dangerous."
"Is that the same guy? Holy cow he aged!"
"I'd be a prostitute too if men were always trying to rape me."
"Makes a warped kind of sense."
"I'm bleaching my hair and growing a mullet."
"Did you notice that no one from the beginning of the film made it to the end of the film?"
"John S. Rad is a god."