This year's Fantastic Fest had two secret screenings. The first turned out to be Crimson Peak, and it screened on Friday with an in-house appearance by Guillermo del Toro (for the record, the crowd went apeshit for it). The second secret screening, Dangerous Men, just finished screening to a capacity crowd, and...well, I'm told there were no survivors.
What is Dangerous Men? I'm glad you asked. Here's how they're describing it in the press release:
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.
Sounds bananas, right? It is. Just look at this teaser trailer:
Yes, once again, Drafthouse films has rescued another certain-to-be-forgotten classic from the gaping maw of oblivion, and will be unleashing it upon an unsuspecting populace very soon (you guys won't be "unsuspecting"; we're giving you the head's up first, because we know this is right up every BMD reader's alley). Here's the full press release, in case you're curious about how this amazing clusterfuck of a movie got rescued:
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Drafthouse Films, the curatorial force behind exceptional repertory releases such as the ninja-blasting synth-rock monolith Miami Connection, the psychedelic sci-fi brainmelter The Visitor, and the most dangerous movie ever made, Roar, have announced the acquisition of their latest cult sensation, Dangerous Men, following a packed-house screening of the film at Fantastic Fest.
The fanatical brainchild of Iranian polymath John Rad, Dangerous Men is a passion project that remained in obsessive production for nearly two decades before finally debuted in Californian theaters in 2005. An unflappably prodigious creative force, Rad handled much of the technical duties of the film, appearing multiple times in the film’s credits as the director, writer, location scout, producer, executive producer, and more.
Despite initially languishing at the box office during its limited theatrical release, and never finding a likeminded audience before Rad’s untimely death in 2007, Dangerous Men developed a devoted following before vanishing as mysteriously as it appeared. Chief among them was Hadrian Belove, of the independent Los Angeles theater The Cinefamily, who saw the film multiple times during its brief theatrical run, and alerted Drafthouse Films and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema programming teams to the existence of the film. Working with the late artist’s family, the team worked tirelessly alongside the American Genre Film Institute to locate and restore the original film.
“It took us almost three and a half years of continuous begging, pleading and debasement before John Rad’s family agreed to license us the film,” said Drafthouse COO James Emanuel Shapiro. “It was well worth it! We are immensely proud that we've carved out our own niche of mind-shredding repertory releases and beyond thrilled to unleash what should very much be considered the Holy Grail of Holy F*cking Sh#t on audiences worldwide!”
Dangerous Men will storm screens nationwide starting Friday, November 13th, and will hit multiple video on demand platforms in December. A home video release on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS is planned for early 2016.
Stay tuned for more on this as it becomes available, folks. We'll have more for you as we get closer to the film's November 13th release date!