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Death Machine Reviews

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September 2, 2013
was a pretty terrible movie, but had the equivalent of a low budget Jay from jay and silent bob in power armour. So automatically makes it better than dead noon
August 6, 2013
Death Machine (Stephen Norrington, 1994)

The best thing I can say about Death Machine is that it shows Stephen Norrington, whose second feature was Blade, learned a lot from his mistakes. Blade is a fun, fun movie that gets pretty much everything right that Death Machine gets wrong. A confused, muddled mess that came from some really good ideas.

Plot (I think, it's a bit tough to tell): Chaank Armaments, whose iron-fisted founder recently died and left the company to his daughter, Hayden Cale (model and TV character actress Ely Pouget), has been experimenting with things that, shall we say, would violate the Geneva Convention, all top-secret, and all under the aegis of lunatic genius Jack Dante (Heaven's Gate's Brad Dourif). Cale is horrified at the unethical nature of Dante's work, and within ten minutes of metting him, fires him and shuts down his entire wing of the operation...except that at the same time, a band of eco-terrorists named after horror film directors, headed by one Sam Raimi (El Maquinista's John Sharian), spurred on by a recent incident in which one of Dante's failed experiments got loose and trashed a diner (we see this in the opening scene), break into Chaank's headquarters and shut the place down in order to do as much damage as possible... leaving them, Cale, and her right-hand man Carpenter (the late William Hootkins, easily the best thing about this movie) trapped in the building with a very pissed-off Dante and the plaything he kept secret from everyone in the company, which he calls the Warbeast.

There's just enough promise that shows through here for me to be able to hypothesize that at some point in its construction there was a really, really good movie here, but that the "good movie" bits got stripped out and left on the cutting-room floor-the character development that would have injected some real teeth into Dante's obsession with Cale (he may be trying to kill her, but he's still trying to get into her pants at the same time) or put some genuine warmth into the banter between Raimi and Yutani, one of the other ecoterrorists. Hell, ANY of Yutani that got left on the cutting-room floor needs to find its way into a director's cut. The same goes for any scenes of Carpenter that disappeared; William Hootkins , who died in 2005, was a fearsome and far too underutilized actor who left his mark on every movie in which he had a part, however small (from Star Wars to Flash Gordon to even The Breed), and this is a movie that gave him a large enough part to exercise his considerable talent. Unfortunately, here it's playing to a mostly empty room. I'd like to see the original cut of this to see if it's really as good as I think it might have been. *
John W.
May 24, 2013
convoluted story and terrible dialogue. not even Brad Dourif or Red Six could make it much better. And why does crappy sci-fi always have to look like an even cheesier Solarbabies? Not to mention the impracticality of the 'killer robot' itself. Death machine...I wish...
May 19, 2012
Mashing genre ideas into a single film and chucking Dourif into the mix makes an oddly better movie than you might expect. Dourif carries the whole thing with his amazing sense for character depth when he has nothing to work with. The movie is Bad-Movie fun to watch, mainly for its shameless plot element theft.
juliantoepfer
October 4, 2011
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 T.
December 8, 2011
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.
July 2, 2011
Its not a good movie, in fact it's trash, but that doesn't mean that its not good at being trash
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January 18, 2011
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.
moviebuff18cab
September 7, 2006
DEATH MACHINE (1994)
July 28, 2010
A fine opportunity for Bard Dourif to show what he can do.
tom s.
April 12, 2010
what is apparently a typical science-fiction movie or terror, hides something else, a film that despite not seem to be bad, basically it is not, and that entertains a lot and is very well done, done with a budget that George Lucas, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg would not do even 5 minutes.
Jhon T.
March 30, 2010
Very entertaining movie, 100% cyberpunk, with good direction by Norrington and lots of acion, science-fiction and horror.
adam B.
March 25, 2010
Very good movie, with many curiosities, Brad Dourif one crazy and directed with originality.
rafael j.
March 24, 2010
Muy entretenido y muy original, recomiendo su visualización.
Tiene horror, ciencia-ficción, humor negro, acción y cyberpunk. Todo esto + Brad Dourif (Dante) = 100%.
Joan b.
March 22, 2010
A great movie, if you are someone who likes cyberpunk, Alien, entertainment and want to try something new, this film will not disappoint.
rafael b.
March 22, 2010
Joya guardada en secreto, Esta película es digno de ver, esta increíblemente bien realizada, la maquina tiene un realismo increíble, la música le acompaña y un buen trabajo por parte del reparto, esta llena de curiosidades y anécdotas, y que decir de la magistral interpretación de Brad Dourif, si eres un fanático de Stephen Norrington, te gustara, si eres de los que le va el cyberpunk te gustara, si te gusto Blade, esta no te desilusionara.
austinmh
September 6, 2009
This film, although a B movie, was great!! Luv Brad Dourif!!!
kameokat
August 30, 2009
my favourite movie right now, it's so orgasmic!!!!
*strokes dante* oh so arousing
March 3, 2009
Brad dourif does love his strange dark and grotesque films. Basically he's invented a robot version of an "Alien" which seems to be programmed nearer to a terminator. Lots of running and blood splatter they dont make gore look like this anymore
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