Dark Angel / Craig R. Baxley

  • Country and year: USA 1990
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 92 min
  • Director: Craig R. Baxley
  • Writer: Jonathan Tydor, David Koepp
  • Producer(s): Jeff Young
  • Cinematographer: Mark Irwin
  • Music: Jan Hammer
  • Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues, Jay Bilas, Jim Haynie
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: DCP

”While making a drug bust, police detective Jack Caine witnesses as a tall blonde man with milky white eyes slaughters the drug dealers and his partner. Determined to avenge the murder of his partner, the rule-bending Caine is partnered with tightass, regulation-quoting FBI agent Larry Smith. The two of them realise that the person they are chasing is in fact an intergalactic drug dealer who injects people with massive doses of heroin in order to harvest the high doses of endorphin produced in the brain, which are prized intergalactically as a drug.

Dark Angel was one of a body of early 1990s sf/action hybrid films that took their inspiration from the cops vs aliens plot of The Hidden (1987). — Dark Angel proves surprisingly entertaining, far more than the mere actioner it might seem to be at first glance. It has been very well put together – the action is slick, tight and spectacular. (Director Craig R. Baxley used to work as a stuntman). The scenes in particular of the aliens’ weaponry in operation – vibrating killer CD’s and guns that fires pulsed explosions – are top notch. —

Baxley had previously made Action Jackson (1988) and went onto to maintain a reasonable career as a genre director.” – Richard Scheib / Moria – The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review


“Smartly scripted and crisply directed (by Craig R. Baxley of Action Jackson fame) science-fiction spin on the buddy cop movie. — Owing debts to Predator, Alien Nation and Miami Vice, the stock ingredients are all well proportioned in a cracking yarn that’s exciting to watch thanks to the extra twists added by Baxley.”
– Alan Jones / Radio Times

”Fast pacing and a near-constant stream of fights, car chases and explosions to keep you entertained”
– Graeme Clark / The Spinning Image

“Dark Angel is ripe for cult rediscovery. It’s certainly the best buddy-cop film I’ve ever seen about an extraterrestrial drug dealer harvesting human endorphins and decapitating people with a CD gun.”
– David Harley / Bloody Disgusting

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