Story: A new drug is loose on the streets, known as Umbra and it has side effects that make it much more of a concern than normal narcotics. Those who take Umbra find themselves immune to the shock attack of the police’s main weapons, known as stingers. This is a disaster, as the cops aren’t allowed to carry traditional firearms, which means that when the stingers no longer work, the criminals have a bigger upper hand than ever. As the police begin to lose the streets to rampaging crooks, one serial killer is out there, amped up on Umbra, and basically invulnerable to the efforts of law enforcement, at least until Tucker (David Heavener) shows up with his personal hand cannon. But can one cop that refuses to play by the rules end this violent, drug fueled crime wave?
Entertainment Value: This low rent action movie is way more fun than it should be, thanks to an abundance of b movie vibes and of course, David Heavener performing just about every position in the production. Heavener would not only have the lead role in Twisted Justice, but he would also direct, write, produce, and oversee the film’s music! The narrative here is decent enough, as crooks neutralize the police and only our loose cannon, knockoff Lethal Weapon hero can help, so this is a fine premise for an off the wall, b movie like Twisted Justice. If you don’t appreciate these kind of b movies, you’ll likely be let down by this one, but I think there is immense fun to be had here, if you can vibe with how outlandish and misguided the film can be at times. This is pure schlock, from the ridiculous, hokey action scenes to the hilarious production design elements, passing that sacred line into so bad, its fun territory and never looking back. There isn’t much as far as sleaze or bloodshed, but Twisted Justice boasts a wealth of awful, hilarious one liners and awkward exchanges, so it all balances out. I had a blast revisiting Twisted Justice and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys wild, inexplicable b movies.
As he wrote, directed, produced, and supervised the music for Twisted Justice, it only makes sense that David Heavener would turn the picture into a vehicle for his thespian skills as well, playing the lead role of loose cannon cop James Tucker. His performance is a sight to behold, as he goes for broke and dials things way up, with no regrets whatsoever. Heavener seems to be having fun and relishes the chance to go over the top and spout off cheese encased one liners, showing unflappable enthusiasm throughout his entire performance. And that is what drives the movie’s entertainment at times, as he just pushes the pedal down and never looks back, treating this outrageous b movie material as if he was playing the role of a lifetime. I love that kind of energy and I’m sure that enthusiasm leaked into the direction as well, as most of the cast takes a similar stance. Of note is Shannon Tweed, who has a small role, but a gigantic earpiece that has to be seen to be believed. The cast here also includes Jim Brown, David Campbell, Karen Black, Don Stroud, and of course, Erik Estrada.