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August 17, 2014
Futuristic cyper punk movie,a scientist is creating a killer robot named the death machine secretly ,and sends it on a killing spree,a army of mercenaries have to stop it,only to find out its nearly unstoppable and has to use the hard man program whitch turns you into a cyborg to try and kill it great sci fi b movie action any fans of the terminator and aliens will love this movie
½ 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. *
May 27, 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...
½ October 27, 2012
Termintor-Alien ripoff where an executive at a futuristic weapons company uncovers internal illegal programs has death machine unleased on her. Shot almost entirely in dim light. Disappointing that the robotic death machine has no lasers.
½ 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.
December 29, 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.
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.
½ October 22, 2011
A bit cheesy and dated, but not bad. A crazy hacker scientist makes a robot death machine that seeks to kill his enemies. There were a bunch of great actors in this. The scientist and the crazy Asian definitely made this movie enjoyable. It's worth a watch. Total B movie.
July 18, 2011
imagine Die Hard with a mixture of Alien, Robocop and Terminator then take away the budget and your just about there. Enjoyable enough but has a mid 80's feel to it than mid 90's.
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
½ February 15, 2011
This is a perfect example of what a B movie really is... At least by 1994 standards. Brad Dourif (the voice of Chucky) plays this hilarious mad scientist type, that creates this "death machine" Somewhere in the plot people are in the wrong place at the right time. Nothing else matters... Low budget affair with humble special effects. Add cheesy characters and it's pure entertainment. Not at all a great film, but lots of fun! Trust me, watch it with friends.
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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.
January 11, 2011
This film is the perfect quintessential early 90's sci-fi/action film that I want from every film of that specific genre. For someone who loves Starship Troopers, it is important to know your roots. The funny over-exaggerated character stereotypes are always great: The eccentric computer geek with an evil plan (who reminded me of a bad Heath-Ledger-joker impersonation). The super hot scientist chick. The badass "punk" guy who appears to also be a bodybuilder. Not to mention the whole bloody thirsty killer robot monster that every movie goer loves. And throw in a little super-soldier robot body armor. It's all there. And as an added bonus you get a bit part cast member from Star Wars!
½ January 10, 2011
Rogue employee of illegal weapons manufacturer unleashes death machine on upper management; demanding to be promoted and allowed to 'interface' with the new Chief Executive. Could not buy in to Brad Dourif's character.
November 2, 2010
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 plumets out of control into flat out horribleness. The script is simply put, awful. It might have been written by a kindergardener 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 hillarious. If you're into cheesy/campy sci-fi and horror, its right up your alley.
½ September 19, 2010
DEATH MACHINE (1994)
½ August 2, 2010
Pour son 1er long, Norrington s'en va bouffer aux râteliers de TERMINATOR, ALIENS et ROBOCOP 2 et s'écrit un script de DTV technoïde typiques des 90s. Après, y'a pas de faute de gout et il mène sa barque tranquille, et à bon port...
July 28, 2010
A fine opportunity for Bard Dourif to show what he can do.
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