John S. Rad
Mina (Melody Wiggins)… or perhaps Mira if the credits are to be believed, and her fiance have their lovely day at the beach interrupted by two scummy bikers. Her fiance is killed, and she instantly becomes a one woman wrecking crew, prowling the streets and taking her victims out for a nice dinner, followed by some stabbing with knife carefully concealed in her butt cheeks. Her fiance’s brother, begins to search for her after linking her to series of violent murders. Her target is men who harm women. His search leads him through the criminal biker underworld and into the lair of a man
only know as, Black Pepper (Bryan Jenkins).
|"Is that a ghost or a sheet in desperate need of washing?"|
While Dangerous Men never quite reaches the giddy heights of its kindred spirit, Miami Connection (1987), it does produce a steady stream of astoundingly odd music choices, bad line readings, and poorly choreographed action. It feels like Rad is trying to created a gritty rape-revenge action film, but he can’t quite commit to the sleaze or the violence. Mina (or Mira)’s explicit instructions to get a biker into a compromising position is to tell him to, “Rub my knees and lick my bellybutton.” Hardly the successor to, I Spit on Your Grave (1978).
|"Wait... we're the Dangerous Men? Really?"|
With Dangerous Men we are viewing American action films through someone born outside the US (John S. Rad was born in Iran). Action movies veer towards the absurd anyway, so it’s those elements that often shine the brightest. I think much like 1980 Italian efforts to replicate American action films, those absurdities are the things that get emphasized. John S. Rad was inspired and wanted to be a part of the action boom of the 1980s, it took decades to complete it, but he did shortly before his death. That is admirable. Dangerous Men might not be the movie he set out to make, but it is a hysterical and enjoyable one none the less..