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Trancers 6 (2002)

Trancer hunter Jack Deth travels through time and awakens in the body of his daughter. And now he must save himself (her body) and the world from a new a deadly breed of Trancers.

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Jay Woelfel

Writers:

Danny Bilson (characters), Paul De Meo (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zette Sullivan ... Josephine Forrest / Jo Deth
Jennifer Capo Jennifer Capo ... Shauna Wilder
Robert Donavan ... Dr. Paul Malvern
Timothy Prindle ... Mark
Jere Jon Jere Jon ... Sam
Jennifer Cantrell ... Hooker Jennings
Ben Bar Ben Bar ... Mr. Castle
James R. Hilton James R. Hilton ... Dr. Jennings
Kyle Ingleman ... Office Geek (as Kyle O. Ingleman)
Gregory Lee Kenyon ... Security Guard
Douglas Smith ... Punk #1
Chad Theroux Chad Theroux ... Punk #2
Robert P. Gustafson ... Punk #3
Kevin Comorre Kevin Comorre ... Punk #4
Ivona Rocque Ivona Rocque ... Trancer Girl #1
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Storyline

In a return to the groundbreaking original film's premise, Jack Deth is back - traveling back in time and into the body of his own daughter, Josephine, on a mission to save her life and save the world from the most lethal Trancers yet. Jack/Jo must adapt and survive being a girl while avoiding many assassination attempts by more powerful and dangerous zombie-like Trancers than he's ever faced before in the series. With his new friends, his new enemies and a new female hero are set to take Trancers into the next century for both the planet and Full Moon Pictures. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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Same Attitude. Different Sex.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trancers 6: Life After Deth See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Even though this is the 6th entry in the Trancers series, there is no mention of any of the events from parts 4 or 5. The events of part 3 however, with Jack having wiped out all the Trancers, is mentioned. See more »

Goofs

When Jack arrives in his daughter's body, s/he searches her apartment for something to drink to clear his head. He looks in the fridge and laments that there is nothing but carrot juice - but visible in the upper left-hand corner of the fridge is a box of red wine. See more »

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Josephine Forrest: I've always figured the only jobs worth doing were the jobs worth dying for. That's not for everybody, especially not my kid. Scumbags are looking for her now, so I've got to stay right here to strike at them first. My name's Jack - Jo Deth, and I'm a trancer hunter. As I look out on the sea of faces around me, I wonder how many of them are regular folks, and how many of them are ready to trance out. My job is to find out. Trancers: not really alive, not dead enough, until I'm ...
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Follows Trancers 4: Jack of Swords (1994) See more »

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Thomerson fails to return, so the franchise gets a sex-change reboot
10 March 2011 | by Richard HawesSee all my reviews

Lacking even the mediocre production values of its predecessors, including Tim Thomerson as the arrogant Dirty Harry inspired hero of the franchise, Trancers 6 adds a gender-swap twist to the overextended franchise.

In an early trick that sets the low-budget tone of the film, series star Thomerson appears to hold a conversation with another character through use of clips from the previous films. Thomerson, who is thanked in the closing credits, is a spectral presence in the film; appearing in flesh only courtesy of a body double.

In typical "Quantum Leap" style, this latest adventure puts hero Jack Deth into the body of his own daughter as he tries to preserve the integrity of the timeline and stop an alien invasion. The paradoxical novelty of this idea enables the filmmakers to essentially remake the first film to lead the series in a new direction. In fact the closing scenes make it quite apparent that this is the intent.

B-movie sci-fi flicks from the 1960s and 1980s were characterised by representations of the future which were essentially cheap display of props and flashing lights and Trancers 6 continues this tradition.

The majority of the film is set in Los Angeles in 2022 but there is nothing despite a title card to suggest this fact. Everything looks the same as now! Shot mainly in fairly ordinary looking rooms and old industrial locations, this form of production design is present throughout the film. In true Ed Wood tradition, offices are identified by maps pinned to walls and laboratories are endearingly characterised by fluorescent liquids in smoking test tubes. As if this wasn't enough to evoke those late night movies of old, the main prop is a ray gun.

The great thing is that it isn't laughable. You actually find these aspects comfortably familiar and they help draw you into the B-movie world. Trancer 6 doesn't take itself too seriously, but it isn't unintentionally funny either. The direction and the performances of the largely inexperienced cast make this fun for all the right reasons.

What is interesting is the treatment of the theme of male/female relations. There are a lot of dated, chauvinistic clichés which seem vaguely offensive. Jack's sexist words coming out of a young woman's mouth is an attempt to undermine his macho persona.

The idea of a female hero is a popular one, but even now all are essentially male fantasies. In this case the integrity of its female heroine is undermined by giving her the mind of the male hero of the franchise. But there is no effort to concentrate on the complex differences between the sexes, which are laughably reduced to a single scene in which Jack/Jo attempts to put on tights.

If one were to give the film a look over from a "Newsnight Review" perspective, one could say that Trancers 6 comments on the very manner in which female protagonists remain essentially controlled by male ideals. This would certainly give a greater significance to the other dated aspects of the film which I have already mentioned.

This film is filled with female stereotypes, each worthy of consideration. The heroine is, prior to transformation, a shy scientist, while Deth's supervisor appears to him in the body of a prostitute. There is an instant contrast. Jo Deth is petite and fragile looking, which obviously adds to the novelty value of her suddenly acting macho, but this is the very form which audiences seem to appreciate most. It's a valid point to consider that if the roles were reversed, that the buxom actress was in the lead, it would undermine the integrity of the film.

Highlighting female sexuality degrades a film. Trancers 6 parodies the Hollywood casting of such sexless, nonthreatening heroines. As is usually the case in films like this there is a similarly sexed antagonist. Again her sexuality is seen as negative. She's a man-eater, a manipulator using her body to control weaker men. A Lady Macbeth figure, she is very definitely representative of the 'woman-behind-the-man' mode of thinking. In many ways she may be superior to her employer, but she embraces the mainstream acceptance of a male-dominated society.

Reviving the franchise 8 years after Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994) was always going to be an interesting proposition. The sex change novelty has breathed new life into the series. The opportunities for intelligent discussion are merely a bonus.


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