Death Machine (1994)


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In this futuristic sci-fi tale, Jack Dante is a nutty, long-haired genius inventor who has developed a killer robot. Soon, the greedy head of a corrupt corporation and the dope-smoking survivor of a terrorist group find themselves at the mercy of Dante and his robot.

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2000


as Jack Dante

as Hayden Cale

as John Carpenter

as Sam Raimi

as Scott Ridley

as Sheriff Dickson

as Glitching Hardman

as Duty Sergeant Batema...

as Anchor Man/Woman

as Screaming Demonstrat...

as System Analyst

as Junior Executive

as Media Controller

as Argumentative Execut...

as Cale's Personal Assi...

as Screaming Demonstrat...

as Reporter

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Death Machine

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

October 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Death Machine

This movie was so horrible yet had a few redeeming qualities. I won't list what was bad about it, since it's everything you can imagine bad. The only things worth while are: Brad Dourif freaking out with his bug eyes and his great one liners, a white skinhead guy with a tattoo of a Japaneese sun on his eye that says random Asian words here and there, and a cop that after demonstrating the worst acting ever cries 'Holy Doughnuts' before he dies. All that should have made this a good movie, but it just couldn't save itself. I wished for the end far before I was rewarded with it.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Die Hard with a killer cyborg as John Mclaine. Healthy sprinklings of Alien, RoboCop and Evil Dead.

Brad Dourif is the ONLY reason this mish mash is decent.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Like with many other horror movies, this flashes just enough potential only to dash your hopes, and realize how awful it is. Pretty much just a mish-mash of already seen films ('Robo Cop', 'Alien', 'Terminator', etc) and it adds nothing of its own.

It actually starts out alright, but at about the 1/2 hour mark, just plummets out of control into flat out horribleness. The script is simply put, awful. It might have been written by a kindergartener for all I know. The acting is just as bad, with the exception of Dourif, who manages to turn in a frightening and unsettling performance. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find out that Heath Ledger incorporated Dourif's performance into the Joker, as they come across as very similar characters.

Its cinematography isn't bad. It does manage to capture a creepy vibe of claustrophobia at times. This gets 2 stars due to the fact that it is terrible, but entertaining and hilarious. If you're into cheesy/campy sci-fi and horror, its right up your alley.

Julian Toepfer

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