#46 – ENEMY TERRITORY
The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Enemy Territory
When: July 18, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
- PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
- FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.
What: 35mm print of ENEMY TERRITORY
ENEMY TERRITORY (1987)
Dir. Peter Manoogian
Cast: Gary Frank, Ray Parker Jr., Jan-Michael Vincent
Runtime: 90 min
“A film ripe for rediscovery and reappraisal” - Flickfeast
“(A) Grindhouse Gem” - Severed Cinema
“..Zips along thanks to an abundance of pure personality. Most of that comes courtesy of Tony Todd as The Count, doing that James Cagney thing where every part of his body seems to be operating independently of the whole.” - Joe, Letterboxd
When a down on his luck insurance salesman (Gary Frank) visits a New York tenement building to land a big score, he ends up on the wrong side of a vicious street gang called ‘The Vampires’ (led by CANDYMAN’s Tony Todd!) and with the sun disappearing over the horizon, there's only one path to survival: The salesman has to head down to on foot, floor by floor, with everyone out for his blood. It’s an impossible journey, but thankfully he's got the help of Ray Parker Jr. (Yes, the guy who wrote and sang the GHOSTBUSTERS theme) and a drunken Vietnam vet (Jan-Michael Vincent) who likes to ride around in a weaponized wheelchair.
It’s gonna be one hell of a night.
Unfairly forgotten, ENEMY TERRITORY is an oddity in Charles Band’s EMPIRE PICTURES catalog: There’s no little creatures, robots or puppets! Instead, the film is a little hyperstialyzed gem of survival, suspense, and revenge. Featuring colorful early cinematography by Ernest Dickerson, who shot DO THE RIGHT THING and directed DEMON KNIGHT, it has somehow never been released on DVD or BLU-RAY.