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Dangerously Close

Director: Albert Pyun Run Time: 95 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1986

Starring: John Stockwell, J. Eddie Peck, Carey Lowell, Bradford Bancroft, Don Michael Paul, Thom Mathews

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At an elite high school, a group of boys, all from wealthy families, start a secret society called The Sentinels, with an outward mission to preserve law and order. However it is quickly evident that they are targeting students they consider socially inferior, so when some of these kids are found murdered, a recent transfer student who has knowledge of the actions of the Sentinels tries to expose them.

Director Albert Pyun transformed what started as a teen slasher into a movie with a social conscious, after he read about a similar story in the news involving students inspired by Nazi tactics. One of several films Pyun made for The Cannon Group, Dangerously Close may be his most visually inventive, with plenty of smoke and shadows setting the mood for this effective thriller.