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Trancers (1984) Review

Trancers is an American science fiction action film directed by Charles Band and starring Tim Thomerson and Helen Hunt. The film was released in 1984 and was followed by four sequels.

The film follows Jack Deth, a police officer from the future who is sent back in time to stop a group of criminals known as trancers. Trancers are people who have been hypnotized and turned into zombies who do the bidding of their leader, Whistler.

Jack is successful in stopping the trancers and Whistler is killed. However, the ending of the film hints that there may be more trancers out there and that Jack’s work is not yet done.

Trancers is an enjoyable science fiction action film. The acting is good, the action is exciting, and the film has a sense of humor. The film is not without its flaws, but it is still a fun ride.


In the year 2247, Angel City is overrun by crime and poverty. The city’s only hope is Captain John Blade, a former cop who now works as a private investigator. Blade is hired by the city’s mayor to find a missing scientist, Dr. James Anderson.

Blade soon discovers that Anderson has been abducted by a group of criminals known as the Trancers. The Trancers are led by a woman named Lily, who has the ability to control people’s minds. Lily wants Anderson to help her create an army of Trancers that she can use to take over the city.

Blade is able to rescue Anderson, but Lily escapes. Blade pursued Lily to a warehouse, where she uses her mind control powers to force him to shoot himself. Blade is able to resist Lily’s control and kills her. With Lily dead, the Trancers are no longer a threat and the city is saved.

Movie Details

Director: Charles Band
Writer: Danny Bilson
Actors: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani
Release Year: 1984