JOHN MCTIERNAN’S NOMADS — A REVIEW BY NICK CLEMENT

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Action-adventure auteur John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for the Red October, Die Hard with A Vengeance) made a unique and striking debut with the fun and freaky supernatural horror film Nomads in March of 1986, announcing himself as a major action director in the making, and showcasing the formation of his often imitated muscular visual aesthetic. Starring Pierce Brosnan as a French scientist with a background in nomadic history, the zesty script cooked up by McTiernan mixed biker culture, Inuit mysticism, and the expectations of the vampire genre, and threw all of the ingredients into the cinematic blender, resulting in a strangely compelling slice of B-movie fun. The film features an awesome musical score by Bill Conti, while Lesley-Anne Down matched solidly with Brosnan, who found himself on leading-man turf for the first time in a big motion picture after years of work on the hit TV series Remington Steele. Despite not making a dent at the box-office, the film got McTiernan noticed by the industry, and critics spotted his signature style beginning to emerge; rumor has it he got the Predator job after Arnold Schwarzenegger saw a screening of Nomads and thought the atmospheric touches be brought to the film would perfectly suit the sci-fi in the jungle tale which would become iconic.

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  1. Although Nomads was released in U.S. theaters March 1986, the end credits list the copyright as 1985. Not sure when it was filmed or how long it “sat on the shelf” but the company went bankrupt a few months later. Wish the Bluray had audio commentary, but then again other McTiernan films such as Medicine Man aren’t available in HD at all.

    Predator began filming in April 1986.

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