Trancers is a 1985 sci-fi thriller starring Tim Thomerson, that is in the vein of The Terminator and Blade Runner, but arguably more fun than the two aforementioned classics. Why Trancers never quite had the same cult status as those two gems, I'll never quite fathom. It is the first of six films to feature the dimwitted but whole-hearted cop / bounter hunter, Jack Deth. Plus, THE Helen Hunt of As Good As It Gets fame co-stars in one of her really early roles, playing the 'dumb blonde' part of Lena, Jack's city guide and future wife.
Trancers is also the main subject of this very wiki. But you already knew that, didn't ya? :)
Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert people into zombie like creatures known as trancers. Whistler has managed to escape through time travel and is loose in 1980s L.A. but Deth is on his trail.
Revealing mistakes: Just after the opening credits finish, the mist disappears on the left half of the screen for about a second, showing that it was a filter or special effect.
Continuity: The "long second" device is supposed to stretch out 1 second of time to appear as 10 seconds. The first time, it lasts for some 90 seconds, and we see a bullet moving at well under 1 mph, indicating a reduction factor of much more than 10. The second time, the effect lasts for about 45 seconds.
Boom mic visible: During the scooter chase.
Continuity: Items in the kitchen when the first Trancer is scorched.
Factual errors: 'Art LaFleur' 's surname is misspelled in the opening credits as Le Fleur, though it does appear as La Fleur in the closing credits.
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After Jack shoots Santa Claus, he is grabbed by Santa who says 'welcome to the 21st century Jack Deth' but you can clearly see Santa's mouth not talking.
Revealing mistakes: When Jack and Lena are travelling along Caheunga Blvd in the T-Bird after the shopping mall incident, it is obvious the car is on a trailer as they appear to be higher up than the passing traffic, including vans! Also, if you observe Jack's steering wheel actions which appear to be quite erratic at times, the car does not appear to copy his movements.
Revealing mistakes: Near the start of the movie when Jack is shown a baseball card with Hap Ashby on he says '1963 Angels, what the hell is this?' if you look closely at the card there is no mention of the year 1963 so how would he have known the year?