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Automatons (2006)

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Machines fight for control of a world destroyed by man in this ultra-low-budget sci-fi saga from filmmaker James Felix McKenney. A global war has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable, and the few humans who have lived through the conflict have been driven underground in order to survive. The Girl (Christine Spencer) lives in a subterranean bunker that she shares with several rattletrap robots of her own design. The Girl occupies herself by watching old videotapes of a scientist who was her friend and mentor before the apocalypse, but lately she has other things on her mind. Another survivor (Brenda Cooney) has established a robot army, and is using the machines to lay claim to the remains of the Earth. As the Girl constructs her own mechanical security force, she discovers the Enemy Leader has a dangerous surprise in his arsenal -- the ability to turn the Girl's robot friends against her. The ranting scientist in Automatons is played by Angus Scrimm, best known to horror film buffs as "the Tall Man" from the Phantasm franchise.

Cast

David W. Hale
as additional puppeter
Dick Wayne
as additional puppeter
Brenda Cooney
as The Enemy Leader
Angus Scrimm
as The Scientist
John Anthony Blake
as Communication Captain
Jennifer Boutell
as Enemy Commander
Jennifer Shag
as Sick Enemy
Daniel Mazikowski
as Enemy Guard
Larry Fessenden
as Enemy Guard
Don Wood
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Laree Love
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Noah DeFilippis
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Matt Huffman
as Soldier Robot
Mike Thurston
as Soldier Robot
Michael Vincent
as Soldier Robot
Jeremiah Kipp
as Soldier Robot
Noah DeFillipis
as Warbot Voice
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Critic Reviews for Automatons

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

I yearn to encounter livelier less-than-zero-budget attempts at post-apocalyptic science fiction than this one.

January 18, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

McKenney worked in underground theater and comics before turning to filmmaking with movies such as Canniballistic. Judging by Automatons, he's worth keeping an eye on.

December 13, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

With its retro look, cautionary theme and not-so-special effects, Automatons is a shameless ode to 1960s sci-fi and classic television shows.

December 12, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

An unwieldy mix of self-conscious camp and heavy-handed allegory, Automatons plays like a cheesy '50s no-budget sci-fier with serious delusions of grandeur.

Full Review… | December 12, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Robot radness achieved!

Full Review… | December 12, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

The acting is flat, and the scientist's ideological speeches too bluntly designed to mirror post-9/11 rhetoric. But there's a dreamy fascination to the iconic images of machines fighting a perpetual war for the human creators they'll inevitably outlast.

Full Review… | December 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for Automatons

this now in my top 3 weird bizzarre yet wonderful right behind liquid sky & eraserhead. its a little slow at first but hang in there its worth it.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood
½

Automatons takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a long human survivor lives her life in a bunker, working on her small army of robots while listening/watching the tapes left by her creator (the great Angus Scrimm, in a cool role) where he dictates the events of the robotic apocalypse. Meanwhile, an enemy bunker continually tries to corrupt her systems and turn her robots against her. As the film goes on, the lone girl works to try and fix the robots in hopes of taking down the other bunker soon, which unfolds in a eventful (and surprisingly gory) climax that was a 180 degree turn from how the rest of the movie was playing out. Keep in mind, movie watchers, Automatons is painfully different from other films. It's a EXTREMELY low budget, independent film that tries to interpret those old classic Killer Robot films of the 50's and 60's, while adding a nice mixture of modernized filmmaking using progressive story-telling and inventive action. Most will not see this and will be ignorantly repelled by the film, which is a shame because it's so damn interesting. I would definitely recommend this film to fans of such interesting elements, as well as fans of writer/director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter, founder of Glass Eye Pix, which put this movie out) who has a very brief role in the film. Great film from writer/director James Felix McKenney, whose only continued to churn out good films like the upcoming Satan Hates You and his already highly anticipated next film, Hypothermia). For what it's worth, a cool and interesting movie, but only to the more seasoned viewer who "gets" this sort of thing.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron
½

The lone survivor of a devastated nation lives alone in a bunker, her only companions being the voice recordings of a long-dead scientist (Angus Scrimm) and the robots she sends out to do battle with the enemy on the unliveable, poisoned surface. In scratchy black and white with lots of theremin noises in the background and deliberately cheesy, clunky robots, it's a recreation of a 1950s sci-fi movie or serial; it evinces a real love for the style, but sadly but there's just not enough story to maintain interest even during its short run time.

Greg S
Greg S

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