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Enemy Territory (1987)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  22 May 1987 (USA)
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An insurance salesman inadvertently gets trapped after dark in an apartment building that is terrorized by a street gang called "The Vampires."

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Barry
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Will
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Parker
Frances Foster ...
Elva Briggs
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The Count
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Toni Briggs
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Chet
Tiger Haynes ...
Barton
Charles Randall ...
Mr. Beckhorne
Peter Wise ...
Haj
Robert Lee Rush ...
Psycho
Lynnie Godfrey ...
Althea
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Decon (as Teddy Abner)
Tad Truesdale ...
James Sr.
Renee Banks ...
The Hooker
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Gary Frank, an ordinary, blue collared John Doe insurance salesman, is about to learn the hard way that there're certain areas that are off-limits to all outsiders. One specific tower block Lincon, is just such a place; as it belongs to a hostile small army known as *the vampires*, who basically own it and oversee that no one who does not occupy a dwelling there, will live thought the night. He's not fully aware of how much he shouldn't be on their turf, that he doesn't belong on their *property*. But it's a simple tap on Decon a child gang member's shoulder, that seals his fate as this act prompt's The Count, their leader to come looking for reprisals from Gary. When a security guard tries to defuse the situation, he ends up dead and so does Decon, who Gary *violated* with his touch. Blamed for the Decon's death by The Count, he's now marked for death, along with anyone else who dares aid him. Stuck on the top floor, with no way down, he's only means to escape or survive is telephone... Written by ???

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In ENEMY TERRITORY they take no prisoners. You've got to kill your way out. See more »


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22 May 1987 (USA)  »

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$197,791 (USA)
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Film debut of Stacey Dash. See more »

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Will Jackson (Ray Parker Jnr.) acquired a pair of black shoes early on in the movie from Toni Briggs (Stacy Dash). A scene shortly afterwards when he enters Chet's home he is clearly wearing white trainers, yet scenes afterwards show him wearing the black shoes again. See more »

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The Count: I'm immortal... I'M IMORTAL
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References Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) See more »

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Lord, I Praise Him
Written by Denise Mitchell and Skip Scarborough
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Not bad, but not particularly memorable.
16 January 1999 | by (SoMeWhErE iN dA U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

When the sun goes down and the moon shines brightly, the tenants inhabiting the Lincoln Towers tremble in fear...terrified of an evil, omnipotent presence, a merciless street gang calling themselves the "Vampires." The Vampires are lead by none other than Tony Todd as the Count! As the King of these apartments, he strikes fear into the hearts of his innocent prey...

Gary Frank is an insurance salesman, an ordinary, blue collared John Doe. Ray Parker Jr.mis a telephone repairman. The two share absolutely nothing in common except for the necessity of survival. Caught in the warfare of the Vampires' vicious nightly activities of chaos and total fanatical frenzy, the two must align together if their chances of surviving the Vampires' ordeal is at all, to say the least, tenuous. The hunted duo's lives are in jeopardy. Their only essence to triumph over adversity is a motley of courageous souls including a tough elderly woman, her beautiful teenage granddaughter, Toni (Stacey Dash), and a crippled, psychopathic Vietnam veteran (Jan-Michael Vincent. This Vietnam vet may very well serve as much of a hostile threat rather than an ally to both Frank and Ray Jr. The clash between good and evil continues in a vortex of anxiety and perturbation until the last survivors of both sides meet in a final confrontation...

Enemy Territory is a creepy urban thriller with satisfactory performances and a fair amount of tension and uneasiness. Gary Frank enunciates a couple of sly one-liners. Ray Parker Jr. does little but sneer at Frank's naivete of the whole distressing situation the two are experiencing. The two also manage to save each other's rear ends a few times from the aggression of the innumerable Vampire gang members. Tony Todd is a scream as the leader of the hardened Vampires. He conveys a bad-to-the-bone antagonist who shows everyone who is the boss of the territory... Tony Todd arrogantly proclaims himself as the emperor of his territory, and he does a great job playing a demonic guy on the edge. Jan-Michael Vincent gives a nutty performance as an insane Vietnam veteran who's screws are not tightened on properly.

This low budget formula offers a few violent action scenes and lots of blood. Don't watch this movie on a full stomach! I also observed how offensively mean-spirited and racist this movie was at times.

Enemy Territory is not bad, but not particularly memorable. The cast is good, the violence is shrill, and the apprehension pierces one's nerves. Still, you can't help but to feel a sour taste in your mouth once this film is finished. This is due to the rough characteristics protruding throughout the duration of this film. An interesting and unique journey into the depths of "Enemy Territory!"

RATING: ** out of ****.


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