A while back, I spent a whopping $5 on this 50-movie set, Sci-fi Invasion. That adds up to 10 cents per movie. If you like non-stop action sci-fi with a lot of pretentious Biblical references, 1986’s Future Hunters has got you covered.
Here’s what happens: In the post-apocalyptic future, a Mad Max-type hero steals the Spear of Destiny – you know, the one from the Bible. He then travels back in time to the “present” of 1986. Fatally wounded, he gives the spear to a sexy young couple and tasks them with returning the spear to its sheath, which will magically prevent the apocalypse.
Speculative spectacle: The movie begins with a Road Warrior-style car chase, complete with machine guns and crashing cars. This puts the hero in jail, where he fistfights with a bunch of his fellow inmates and manages a daring escape. He then single-handedly storms his enemy’s compound in a huge gun battle. He successfully gets the magic spear and unleashes its power, blowing up the entire compound in a massive explosion – AND ALL THIS HAPPENS IN THE FIRST EIGHT MINUTES OF THE MOVIE!!! Once the setting moves to the present, it’s mostly conspiracy thriller stuff, with more chases and fights. Then, in the final third, the action shifts to the jungle, where we meet not one, but two lost tribes. One is a tribe of little people who pull off all kinds of Ewok-ish antics, and the other is a tribe of fierce yet scantily-clad warrior women. Is your head spinning yet?
Sleaze factor: You want romping around a hotel room undressed? We got romping around a hotel room undressed.
Quantum quotables: (As thugs are shooting at them) Boyfriend: “Just give it to them, huh? Just do it. Just get rid of it. Just throw it to them, huh?” Girlfriend: “Who is ‘them,’ Slade? This could make my career.”
What the felgercarb? At around the halfway point, a martial arts master is introduced, and the movie becomes an old-school kung fu flick. It’s fun, but so out-of-nowhere that I thought I’d bumped my remote and accidentally put on a different movie.
Microcosmic minutiae: A very young Robert Patrick, of Terminator 2 and The X-Files, starts earning his sci-fi cred as the boyfriend. The martial arts fighter is played by Bruce Li, one of many Bruce Lee rip-off actors that populated low-budget action films in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s.
Worth 10 cents? This movie is better than most this set, and here’s why: It has a fast pace and tons of action. Nothing beats the badass-ness of the opening sequence, but the rest of the movie has fights and chases galore. There’s no downtime – something exciting is always happening. If you love bad movies, this one’s a must-see.
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