UPDATED: Photos from 'Trancers' Cast & Crew reunion and signing event!
MEET JACK DETH! Tim Thomerson and others to attend a TRANCERS cast & crew reunion on 5/21.
I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that growing up in the '80s was such a fun and cool time to be a genre movie fan. I rather pity anyone who wasn't around to see films like Aliens, The Fly, Ladyhawke or even The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai during their original theatrical runs. These films were so fresh, so new and opened your eyes and minds to new worlds and perceptions. Back than I would say genre fans weren't very fickle or even discerning and studios like Troma, New World and Empire Pictures gladly provided genre fans with the films they most craved. Some would hit, The Toxic Avenger, and others will miss, Treasure of the Four Crowns, but this was a time when the films would actually receive a theatrical release as opposed to straight to VHS. On May 22, 1985 genre fans were introduced to a new hero, Jack Deth, when Charles Band's Future Cop, later re-titled as Trancers, hit the silver screen. Genre fans took note and consider it to not only be one of the most memorable but also one of the best B-movies the genre had to offer.
Nearly 31 years later to the day, Creature Features (2904 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, CA) will be celebrating the beloved franchise, as well as, Intrada Records' release of the expanded soundtrack from the first three films on CD. A cast and crew reunion, as well as an audience Q&A, will take place at the genre boutique on Saturday, May 21st beginning at 2:30pm. The confirmed guests include a who's who from the film franchise. In attendance will be Tim Thomerson, yes, Jack Deth will be in the house. Also appearing, from the first Trancers, will be actor Richard Herd (Chairman Spencer), screenwriter Danny Bilson and composer Richard Band, who served as music supervisor on Trancers 1-5 and scored Trancers III. From Trancers III will be director C. Courtney Joyner and actor Andrew Robinson (Col. Daddy Muthuh). The Q&A will be moderated by Daniel Schweiger, who wrote the liner notes for the new CD release.
Admission is free, though seating is first come, first served. Merchandise will also be available to purchase from the cast and crew for a separate charge. Copies of the Intrada Records release will be available at the store for purchase. Autographed copies, signed by composer Richard Band, can be pre-ordered at the Creature Features website.
UPDATE: Here are photos I took at the event: