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The Vindicator (1986)

The Vindicator (1986)





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This horror film is a variation on the Frankenstein theme involving the experiments of Alex Whyte (Richard Cox), a robotics engineer for NASA. Whyte has designed a cyborg that incorporates a human brain and a mechanical body. The cyborg is fitted out with a computer program that forces it to react with extreme violence to anything (or anyone) perceived as a threat. In order to shut off this reaction, the cyborg is also fitted out with a remote control receptor that cuts its current if things get out of hand. Theory becomes reality when Whyte murders Lauren Lehman (Teri Austin), a scientist who faults him for his improper use of government funding, and then installs Lehman's brain in the cyborg. The cyborg escapes before the remote control device can be installed and now there is no way to stop its murderous rages.
Action & Adventure , Horror
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Michael T. Levy Enterprises


David McIlwraith
as Carl Lehman
Teri Austin
as Lauren Lehman
Richard Cox
as Alex Whyte
Maury Chaykin
as Burt Arthurs
Catherine Disher
as Catherine Collins
Pam Grier
as Hunter
Stephen Mendel
as Ian Massey
Micki Moore
as Mrs. Jan Scott
Larry Aubrey
as Kurt Kessler
Lynda Mason Green
as Gail Vernon
John Zobolles
as Paper Boy
Trevor Daves
as Lab Security Guard #1
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A scientist dies in a lab accident. His brain and other parts are preserved and kept alive in the lab long after his funeral. His remains are used to test what the other scients have been working on, a super-strength cyborg. The cyborg gets hella pissed when it touches anyone, for some strange reason. More of a revenge-horror film with a facade of a Frankenstein-type theme (fyi, it was originally known as Frankenstein 88 and later in some countries as Frankenstein 2000 [the D'Amato movie released in the US under that name has no relation]), it appears to have been marketed as a Terminator rip-off. It may also be seen a loose blue-print for Robocop and also has aspects remnicent of the earlier Swamp Thing and the later Darkman. Some gruesome stuff is shown, but his voice is damn annoying and the pacing sucked. (As an aside, for some strange reason I have seen this credited as being from any of the years 1983-86, but my VHS case says 1984.)


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