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Motion Picture Purgatory: 984 Prisoner of the Future (1982)

Another strange sci-fi collaboration between director Tibor Takacs and screenwriter Stephen Zoller, who had previously collaborated on the offbeat musical METAL MESSIAH, 984: PRISONER OF THE FUTURE is a much more straight-forward dystopian tale about an anti-government group fighting against a totalitarian society.

Drawing some inspiration from classic British series THE PRISONER, albeit on a far lower budget, the film went unreleased for several years, only to land on CBC in the summer of 1982. Regardless of the pedigree, the film went on to become a mainstay of Canadian video rental stores (and later, public domain DVD sets). While obviously made for well-read sci-fi fans, its dour and bleak approach continues to confuse viewers to this day.