CUFF

Dangerous Men

John Rad
Feature 35mm 80:00 2005 Chicago Premiere

In late 2005 a film appeared mysteriously on the marquees of several Los Angeles area theaters. No one in the industry had heard of this film and journalists Internet searches turned up nothing on it or its equally mysterious director John Rad. Over the next several months the film played continuously, and as word of mouth spread, audiences grew until lines formed around the block to see what may prove to be the world¹s next great

underground cult movie.

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Research has since revealed that Dangerous Men was shot sometime in the late 1980s and completed in the mid-¹90s by Rad, an Iranian born architect, musician and filmmaker who in addition to directing is credited as screenplay writer,² editor, executive producer and ³original music, song and lyrics as well as just about everything else. The result is one of the most oddly unique and self-contained filmmaking sensibilities ever witnessed: Key exposition is delivered away from the camera. Actors appear to repeat key speeches phonetically. Kung fu sequences employ reverse zooms, sucking the action out of the scene. Sex acts invariably involve massaging of knees and licking of navels. A biker bar prominently features an

espresso machine.

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Ostensibly the plot can be summarized like this. Mira and Daniel are in love­ so in love it¹s scary. The recently engaged couple is inseparable, blissfully walking along the California beach holding hands, gazing into each others eyes and basking in the glow of their adoration like a couple of infatuated teenagers. Their cooing love-fest is soon interrupted however by a pair of unprovoked bikers attack them, raping Mira and killing her beloved Daniel. Instead of going to Daniel¹s police detective brother for help, Mira instead takes a cue from Ms. 45 and embarks on a campaign of vengeance against all dangerous men by, naturally, posing as a prostitute to lure them to their death (her first victim doesn’t realize she has stashed a knife between her ass cheeks). Her crusade is cut short, however, not by the police investigation, but rather by Mr. Rad himself, who fired his lead actress midway through production and abruptly abandoned Mira¹s story altogether. This proves to be but a minor set back as the police soon set their sights on the leader of the biker-rapist gang, a long haired albino who goes by the name Black

Pepper.

PURCHASE TICKET-FRIDAY 8/17 11:30 PM