Trancers 4: Jack of Swords (1994)

Filmed at the same time as Trancers 5: Sudden Deth in the Full Moon castle — how did they avoid it for so long — this Trancers movie finds Jack Deth without his wife Lena and having lost his other wife Alice to Harris. So now, all alone and angry at everything, he agrees to go into the past again.

Due to an attack by a Solonoid, Jack finds himself in a whole new dimension that’s a lot like medieval times where the Nobles — proto-Trancers? — sick the life force out of humans — like vampires. This would seem like the perfect time to crossover Subspecies with Trancers, but come on. We don’t have the budget for that.

To battle the evil Lord Caliban, Jack must travel to the Castle of Unrelenting Terror and perhaps even work with the evil ruler’s son Prospero. And because none of his technology works, he might not make it out alive.

Written by comic book writer Peter David (the Oblivion films), this movie’s budgetary challenges were solved by director David Nutter taking entire pages out of the script. Nutter would go on to much bigger and better things, including directing multiple episodes of Game of Thrones and Disturbing Behavior.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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