Brad Dourif's performance as the evil mad-man is classic. Ely Pouget as the tough corporate executive is the perfect foil for Dante. Cale and her new anarchist buddies must survive the perfect killing machine and come up with a strategy to destroy the indestructible invention. This is an exciting and loud movie with very exaggerated characters. Director Norrington, pays homage to many of the 1980s horror icons, and his creature f/x here are terrific. This movie will keep you enthralled for its duration, which will feel like a roller-coaster ride.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Death Machine, The Beauty vs. The Mechanized Beast
1994's "Death Machine" was made by Stephen Norrington, who did creature f/x for some of the Alien films. His mechanized beast is reminiscent of the Alien creature, and the protagonist, Hayden Cale, played by Ely Pouget (see picture), is reminiscent of the Ripley character...tough, smart, and unable to look at herself as a victim. The setting is also very similar to Alien. Instead of a hulking, Gothic spaceship, "Death Machine" uses a cavernous skyscraper which houses the proverbial evil corporation (Chaank, Inc.). This movie also gives us guidance in answering that embarrassing question we all face sometimes, "Would you sleep with a total stranger if it was a matter of national security?"