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ROBOCOP

ROBOCOP-United States-102 Mins. 1987

Peter Weller as Alex Murphy

 Directed by Paul Verhoeven Written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner     Robocop is one of the coolest films to come out of the 1980′s. It has everything a sci-fi fan could possibly love, and although technically not a horror film, there is enough blood, guts and dismembered limbs to make the splatter fans happy, especially if they catch the unrated director’s cut of the film. Also, for those of you who wonder why Eric was so scared of his dad on That ’70′s Show you need look no further than right here. Before he was Red, Eric’s grouch of a dad, Kurtwood Smith was bad guy Clarence Boddicker and he was one bad mother-SHUT YOUR MOUTH!-but I’m talkin’ ’bout Eric’s dad-WELL WE CAN”T DIG IT! You will forgive the lame ‘70’s blaxploitation reference, I hope.     It is one hell of a dystopian society in what is now called Old Detroit. Crime is rampant, the cops are outnumbered and outgunned and there’s no end in sight. That is until OCP-Omni Consumer Products, steps in with their idea of building a cop that will be the future of law enforcement, Robocop. There’s just one little catch. They need a volunteer, and that’s where Alex Murphy, freshly transferred police officer from another precinct, comes into the picture, the poor schmuck. You see, you have to be dead to volunteer for the Robocop program. So, after our boy Alex is literally shot to pieces by bad boy Boddicker and his band of baddies he is all set to step up and be all that he can be for OCP. First order of business: track down the miserable varmints that killed him in the first place, Clarence Boddicker and his band of miscreants.

Nearly every scene in this film is wrought with violence. Even the quietest moments in the film have a tension to them that forewarn us that something nasty is about to happen. Even the nightclub scene is filled with shaking fists and in your face camera angles. There’s enough blood in this movie to fill 10 films.  I loved this film when it first came out and I have never tired of it. It is one of the best films that is the representation of a dystopian society and should easily be considered a classic of the sci-fi genre. In fact, this film is so damn good it can almost make you forgive Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls. You will note that I said ‘almost.”

TRIVIA

The entrance to the OCP building in the movie is actually the front entrance of Dallas City Hall with extensive matte work (by Rocco Gioffre) above to make the building appear to be a giant skyscraper.

Writers and producers were concerned that cops would be offended by their portrayal on the movie. On the contrary, they loved it. They especially enjoyed the scene where RoboCop throws one of the thugs through a building while reading him his rights.
RoboCop’s first Directive, “Serve the Public Trust,” was inspired by a fortune cookie.
For a while, Michael Ironside was attached to the role of RoboCop, but they had to give up on the idea when they realized that the actor would have to have a much smaller frame to fit into the costume envisaged.
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CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2

CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2-United States-93 Mins. 2011

Thomas Dekker as Tommy

Owain Yeoman as King (Photo not from actual film)

Brian Austin Green as Preston

Danielle Harris as Spann (Photo not from actual film)

Directed by Robert Hall Written by Kevin Bocarde and Robert Hall

Let me see if I got this straight; the first Laid to Rest was all about Chromeskull, the titular character of this film and how he liked to murder people and videotape the act. He seemed like kind of a loner in that film. So now you’re telling me that he’s the head of an organization similar to the one in Hostel? Okay, I’ll admit that this new film has some nice little gory treats for all the hardcore splatter fanatics like me; but why in the hell do they have to turn it into some kind of Murder Inc. plot that is about as ludicrous as Paris Hilton becoming a nun? I’m just not buying it. They could have easily kept the storyline in which Chromeskull tracks down the survivors of his final rampage in the first film, the hooker and Tommy, and they could have left all this other bullshit out.

The first film was a kind of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles alumnae party seeing as how Thomas Dekker and Lena Headey were both featured in it. For this one they kept Dekker, killed off Headey in the first film and threw in another T: TSCC cast member in Brian Austin Green. I guess if they decide to make a third film they can include Summer Glau or maybe even Shirley Manson or Garret Dillahunt.

If you like a horror film loaded with gore, dismemberment and decapitations then this is definitely a film you’ll want to check out. I love a good gore-fest as much as the next guy. But if you’re looking for a plausible story to go along with it then you are barking up the wrong tree. That hound dog just isn’t going to hunt.

TRIVIA

The character ‘Trost’ is named for cinematographer Brandon Trost.

Identical twins ‘Jade ramsey (I)’ and Nikita Ramsey are both credited as playing Thomas Dekker’s character’s roommate Lourrie. During Lourrie’s death scene, she is stabbed and thrown to the ground off camera and then, without any cuts, is seen with full stab wound makeup already on her chest. This was possible by having one sister perform the stabbing while the other was already in makeup and on the ground off camera.

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