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You have to admire filmmaker David Heavener. Sure, he makes awful movies, but at least he's making them and not just dreaming about it. And he makes them his own way (here he is the star, director, writer, producer, and musical composer!) And you have to give him extra credit here for managing to round up a dream B movie cast (Estrada, Tweed, Brown, Van Patten, Stroud, and Black) - though most of these people have little to do here. Anyway, if you know Heavener, you know what to expect with this movie - an ultra low budget enterprise. It's pretty cheap-looking (though it could have been worse, I suppose), with a futuristic setting that at no time looks advanced in technology or anything else. Poor audio and bad continuity also make the movie suffer, though what really sinks the movie is how lifeless everything is. It's slow-moving, and there's no passion even in the action sequences. I guess there's occasionally an unintended chuckle, but generally it's as dreary as Heavener's other movies.
In the futuristic Los Angeles of 2010 where weapons are outlawed,
policeman James Tucker (played by David Heavener, who also written,
directed & produced this) kicks it old-school by using the tactics that
other cops won't as he tracks down a drug-addicted rapist/killer all
the while arguing with his boss Gage (Erik Estrada)
This film was just painful to watch, and thanks to Heavener wearing so many hats in this production I know who exactly to blame for that. Horrible stilted dialog, awful 'action' sequences and atrocious acting made this pathetic little number a chore to sit through from beginning to end. Almost as bad as an action movie can get.
Eye Candy: Bonnie Paine gets topless
My Grade: F+
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I'm surprised this cop movie copped such bad reviews. Someone even complained that the color was no good. My DVD copy was excellent. Production values were solid too. In fact, measuring them by Troma's usual standards, they were very good indeed, with solid photography by David Hue, eye-catching sets and some excellent performances -- especially from writer/director/producer/star David Heavener himself and Shannon Tweed as the erotic Hinkle. The pace is fast, the action solid, the hero charismatic and the women alluring. What more do you want? Available on an excellent Troma DVD. I'll admit the extras are a lot of self-serving time-wasters, but who needs to watch them?
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In the year 2020, guns are outlawed, so as the saying goes, only
outlaws have guns...one of which is L.A. cop James Tucker (Heavener), a
cop on the edge who plays by his own rules - but, by his own admission,
"I always follow orders". Cops instead use a gun-like device called a
"stinger", which shoots tranquilizer darts. When a new drug hits the
streets called "Umbra", which negates the effects of the stinger,
criminals run wild. One of which is a psychopathic serial killer/rapist
called "The Bullseye Murderer". Taking heat from all sides, will Tucker
be able to neutralize this jerk? Once again David Heavener is tracking
down a serial killer (this seems to be the plot of most of his movies),
but this time it's in the future. You can tell it's the future because
of the wacky vests the heroes wear and the futuristic font used for
some of the lettering in the movie. He wrote, directed, starred and did
the music for this film. His charm goes a long way, and he assembled an
excellent B-movie star-filled cast. Erik Estrada puts in a
pleasantly-surprising amount of effort into a role he easily could have
slagged off. Jim Brown is unintelligible as he mumbles/whispers all his
lines. Karen Black is literally wasted in a nothing role that a much
less talented actress could have done. Shannon Tweed takes a break from
her "erotic thrillers", which is a nice change, but she's under-used as
well (she keeps her clothes on). Julie Austin, last seen in Night Of
the Wilding (1990), appears here as well, alongside a bunch of other
names such as James Van Patten (which they misspell in the credits) and
The interplay between Estrada and Heavener is a highlight, and Estrada gets arguably the best line of the movie when he describes The Bullseye Murderer as "A turbocharged Fruit Loop". Clearly David Heavener proves his writing prowess with such a bizarre image. However, he shows some of his weaknesses as well with his blatant imitations of the great Stallone movie Cobra. There are many lifts from Cobra on show here, not least of which is that Heavener is a quirky cop who drives a car and wears shades like Marion Cobretti. And there are also some apparent nods to Future Force, of all things, as well: A loner law-enforcement dude of the future named Tucker that has a futuristic communications device in his car. So in the final analysis, Twisted Justice is like a cross between Cobra (1986) and Future Force (1989), but neither of those movies have Freud (also spelled wrong in the credits) the Rat, in his only credited performance to date, sharing a donut with David Heavener.
While the movie could have used some more energy towards the end, especially needing another action scene or two in the final third instead of some talking, with a few minor tweaks, the movie could have been better, while still retaining its low-budget qualities. Unfortunately, this, as well as other Heavener DVD's, were released by Troma. So the colors are washed out and it adds another layer of cheapness/junkiness where it REALLY isn't needed. Troma DVD's tend to suck, let's face it, and a bunch of self-serving "extras" aren't what the fans want. Not that I need to say it, but in case any potential DVD companies are reading this, we want as pristine a print of the original movie as possible, in its original aspect ratio, uncut. That's all we really want. And maybe a trailer for the film. Thanks for reading this.
Heavener fans (there HAVE to be Heavener fans out there) will really enjoy this, as will fans of any of the stars involved. People with a low tolerance for junky-looking so-called "crud" movies won't be so forgiving, but those people are lame anyway. Go Heavener!
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If there was any any justice no one would ever have to sit through this movie. What can you say about a movie in which Erik Estrada is the best actor? Twisted is the only way to describe how logical the writing is. None of it makes any sense and the action scenes lack pizazz. Let's hope there's no sequel.
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