Nomads (1986) Review

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.

Review by Nick Clement

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