The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Expect No Mercy

When: Feb. 7, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

What: The platonic ideal of vintage CanCon fisticuffs on 35mm!

EXPECT NO MERCY (1996)
Dir. Zale Dalen
Cast: Jalal Merhi, Billy Blanks, Laurie Holden, Wolf Larsen
Runtime: 91 min
Country: Canada
Format: 35mm!

“Zale Dalen brings a steady hand that helps to elevate the production well above other films like it. The plot cooks, the action is well shot…. [it] achieves a campy, b-movie sense of fun.” – Karl Brezdin, Fist of Blist

“You are in for a ridiculous romp with plenty of 90’s nostalgia.” – Comeuppance Reviews

It is the future – at least as speculated from the vantage point of 1995 – and a brilliant, but nefarious tech guru has founded the Virtual Arts Academy under the auspices of training students in self-defense via virtual reality simulations, and an ulterior plot to assemble a secret army of elite assassins for contract killings. Wise to this scheming is one of the Academy’s own instructors (Brazilian-Canadian martial arts legend Jalal Merhi), and with the help of a technophobic fighter (Tae Boe fitness icon Billy Blanks) enlisted by the government to expose the conspiracy, these two warriors are about to give the school’s master of virtual reality the ultimate reality check.

Sporting a charismatic cast that includes a young Laurie Holden (THE WALKING DEAD, SILENT HILL) and the unforgettable visage of Lazar Rockwood (of the Canadian cult classic BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR), loaded with deliriously dated, but outrageously surreal CGI, and anchored by rock-solid direction by one of English Canada’s most underrated filmmakers, Zale Dalen (SKIP TRACER), EXPECT NO MERCY is the platonic ideal of vintage CanCon fisticuffs.

The Laser Blast Film Society is proud to present the film on producer and star Jalal Merhi’s personal 35mm print!

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.