From the Vault: I Come In Peace (1990) Simon Fitzjohn March 29, 2011 From The Vault 1981 In the action-tastic era for musclebound epics that was the late 80s and early 90s, Dolph Lundgren could usually be relied upon to deliver the goods. Whether it be in the likes of Red Scorpion or The Punisher, the Swedish giant cut an imposing figure, but added a side order of charm missing from the likes of say Sylvester Stallone. And, if truth be told, Dolph was more eager to take risks than some of his chiselled counterparts (Johnny Mnemonic anyone?). No doubt this was the genesis of I Come in Peace, or Dark Angel as it was known on these shores, a somewhat bizarre hybrid of action, sci-fi, police thriller and even horror. Set in Houston, the flick follows cop Jack Caine (Lundgren), a hard-nosed detective delving into a host of strange murders among the city’s drug community underbelly. And this is where the strange comes in, as the murders are being carried out by Talec, an intergalactic drug baron who sells the fluid from human brains back on his home planet. Played by Euro-beefcake Matthias Hues, we get a number of pleasantly nasty scenes as Talec skewers human skulls with a spike which then drains the liquid, as well as an impressive flying disc device that slashes human throats. The whole thing sounds ridiculous on paper but it actually manages to work, thanks to some quality direction and a real sense of fun. Helmed by Craig Baxley, who served as stunt director on the likes of Predator and The A-Team, the production certainly looks polished and there are numerous neat touches, cuts and edits that build the vibe. There are also plenty of cliches in place, from gruff police bosses to whiny, obstructive Special Agent partners and a soundtrack that really could only exist in a cheesy 80s extravaganza. Not only that, but you also get one of the most memorable pay-off lines in action movie history (to reveal it would be giving away the surprise). Getting to see this will probably be pretty difficult – I only stumbled across it again in my box of old videos I had in storage – but it is most definitely worth tracking down.