Future Kill (1985)

Genres - Action, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Sci-Fi Action, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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What kind of movie has frat boy heroes disguising themselves as punks, only to be hunted by a Freddy Krueger cyber clone in a pseudo-post apocalyptic cityscape? The answer is Future Kill, a 1985 Warriors rip-off that featured a brilliant H.R. Giger ad campaign, but failed to live up to the expectations that the tagline "The stars of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are back!" promised. The film does indeed star Edwin Neal and Marilyn Burns, along with fellow alumni Robert A. Burns on the special effects -- but unlike the previous pic, there's not one chain saw, nor was it directed by a complete madman. In fact, you shouldn't be too surprised to find out that this is the one and only feature for Mr. Ronald W. Moore, an auteur in the most bland sense of the word, here taking on producing, directing, and writing credits for this hunk of junk. Neal headlines the film as the cold-blooded, cybered-up mutant Splatter, truly a moment of inspiration on his part if you believe that co-writing credit of his. The funny thing is that he's actually hardly in the movie -- instead, you're forced to watch the most unlikable group of wannabe new wave misfit dudes incessantly rant about wanting to get back to the frat. Filled with all sorts of anti-nuclear mumbo jumbo bred straight out of the Cold War Reagan era, Future Kill is slightly interesting for its relative place in history, but better viewed as '80s trash cinema whose long life on home video spawned more memories of its box art than anything else.