Over the past couple of years, the Alamo Drafthouse has unearthed and released a clutch of vintage films — including Miami Connection and Roar — which have proven hugely entertaining despite, let us say, failing to embrace Hollywood’s usual movie-making norms.
Its latest so-absurd-it’s-fantastic release is Dangerous Men (out in theaters Nov. 13), a revenge-thriller of sorts, which its Iranian writer-director-producer-composer, the late John S. Rad, apparently toiled over for 26 years before releasing it to a handful of cinemas in 2005.
“It took us almost three-and-a-half years of continuous begging, pleading and debasement before John Rad’s family agreed to license us the film,” Drafthouse COO James Emanuel Shapiro said in a statement last September, when the film’s acquisition by the Austin, Texas-based company was announced. “It was well worth it! We are immensely proud that we’ve carved out our own niche of mind-shredding repertory releases and beyond thrilled to unleash what should very much be considered the Holy Grail of Holy F–king S–t on audiences worldwide!”
Dangerous Men may not have the lunatic rock-band-full-of-martial-arts-experts plotline of Miami Connection nor the absurdly danger-filled back-story of Roar. But this demented effort certainly boasts its own unique flavor, a taste of which you can get from the trailer and exclusive, somewhat violent, clip, below.