The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Furious

When: August 31, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

  • FEATURE: 7:00 p.m.

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

FURIOUS (1984)
Dir. Tim Everitt
Cast: Simon Rhee, Loren Avedon, Howard Jackson, Philip Rhee
Runtime: 85 min
Country: USA
Screening Format: VHS

“A ridiculous, scrappy, sometimes laughable, always surprising, genre-bending masterpiece that some might, file under the “so bad, it’s good” heading, but that I consider to be an inspiration, and one of the great American independent films, just waiting to be discovered.” - Kevin Clark, Strange Movie Reviews

“Furious has no right to exist. But it does. There’s no fathoming its creation. It’s a movie with 10,000 ideas but zero story; impossible ambition coupled with the desire to alienate anyone watching.” - Zack Carlson, BLEEDING SKULL

Although advertised as a martial arts adventure in which “heroes battle aliens from the Astral Plane for control of the universe” the true contents of FURIOUS are far, far stranger.

A martial artist wordlessly strikes out from his woodland abode to seek vengeance for his sister's death, but at the behest of his master is sent on a surrealist adventure that pits him against hordes of baddies, including an evil chef, a chicken-obsessed magician, and the director's own DEVO-esque punk band.

Shot over six days by a two man crew for the cost of 90 minutes of 35mm film stock, necessitating a strict 1:1 shooting ratio, and featuring a stolen Soviet-era score and credits from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Tim Everitt's psychedelic kung fu debut is a fiercely independent work that both baffles and inspires.

Furious also jump-started the career of PM Entertainment stunt experts Simon and Philip Rhree (The Best of the Best series) and Seasonal Films legend Loren Avedon (No Retreat, No Surrender 2, 3 & King of Kickboxers), in a sense making perhaps the most pivotal film in the pantheon of the Laser Blast Film Society.

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.