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Robot Holocaust (1987)

I don’t know about you, but ANY movie that begins with Wizard Video Presents and then manages to work its (pause for dramatic effect) title into the opening few moments of narration is sure to be a B-movie winner.  And, truly, the robot rebellion that levels New Terra (as described in Robot Holocaust’s opening moments) sounds truly frightening, but never as frightening as this film’s topless nomads and all its rubber-suited robots.

"has long been out of print and now, with a new interview with Jennifer Delora, it looks better than ever"


Maybe the poisonous air of this schlocky flick got to me, too, because – damn it – I kinda love this crazy flick and its cheapo depot ways.  Being one of the science fiction flicks that writer/director Tim Kincaid did before his run with gay porn, Robot Holocaust and its cast of emotionless actors – Norris Culf, Nadine Hartstein, and J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner to name but a few – prove that New York/Italian productions and their atomic wastelands are best enjoyed completely drunk.

Full of post-apocalyptic warriors ready for battle against all sexes, Robot Holocaust takes no prisoners as it tells the story of Neo (Culf) and his journey toward the power station, the headquarters of the Dark One and his pleasure machine.  In the power station, human slaves do the bidding of robots and, when under the spell of the pleasure machine, dance around it as one of the hottest females in cinema (Hardstein) gets naked inside it and then struggles to spit out her lines. Her accent is so thick that her lines of dialogue are all quite hilarious.

And then there is the red-suited robot named Torque.  He’s pretty cool-looking, dressed in red rags and performed by Michael Downend.  The only problem is that this robot is obviously a man and the design is so poorly executed that you cant help but last yourself silly as Downend struggles to move robotically . . . if he was ever told to do that by Kincaid.

And then there are the sewer worms.  Yes, sewer worms.  Looking a lot like penises with teeth, Neo’s group of sole survivors in the war against the Dark One and his rubber robot army stumble across this slimy obstacle as they make their way into this overlord’s hideout.  The scene is both awful and hilarious.  Think Mad Max with a dime for its budget and you get what the results might possibly look like. Robot Holocaust (1987)

But experiencing this flick is something else entirely, which is why Scorpion Releasing’s new 2K transfer of this cult classic is so damn important.  The film has long been out of print and now, with a new interview with Jennifer Delora, it looks better than ever.  So, you have robot warriors, flesh eating mutants, florescent lights, and the kooky pleasure machine all waiting for Neo and his robot Klyton (Ornsteiner).  The fate of mankind is in their hands.  God save us all!

Complete with a limited edition slipcover and 9x11 mini poster with artwork by Nathan Thomas Milliner, the blu-ray is available through Ronin Flix while supplies last.

4/5 beers

Robot Holocaust (1987)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scorpion Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- March 18, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: Stereo 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scorpion Releasing presents Robot Holocaust with a sparkling brand-new transfer.  This is as good as this shitty little film is ever going to look.  It is still fuzzy in areas, especially when it comes to the caverns and the pleasure machine scenes.  All that smoke.  It fogs up the lens and the dancing silhouettes don’t help either.  Some of the costumes, as cheap as they are, look absolutely hysterical in 1080p.  It’s a cheap film, for sure, but the simple backgrounds burst with new details and a nice level of clarity.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural.  This is, after all, a dark film. There are lots of underground scenes; thankfully, most lines hold their edges. Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  Audio wise, the DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

The new interview with actress Jennifer Delora is all fans of this flick get.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

  • New Jennifer Delora Interview

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 2/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

Robot Holocaust (1987)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
79 mins
Director
: Tim Kincaid
Writer:
Tim Kincaid
Cast:
Norris Culf, Nadine Hartstein, J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner
Genre
: Sci-fi
Tagline:
It's machine vs. man in the ultimate battle for the future!
Memorable Movie Quote: "Deep in the power station lies the pleasure machine, a reward for those who loyally serve the Dark One."
Theatrical Distributor:
Empire Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:

DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 18, 2019
Synopsis: Against the decimated ruins of New York, powerful robots have seized the earth, poisoning the air and reducing humans to slaves imprisoned underground. Against hideous giant worms, flesh eating mutants and robot warriors, the nomad Neo and his robot Klyton face the evil power of The Dark One in a spectacular battle to reclaim earth for the human race.

Robot Holocaust (1987)

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