Forgotten Action Cinema: Eliminators


“Demonic Toys” director Peter Manoogian’s cheesy 1986 science fiction flick “Eliminators” has, in cinematic theory, everything you could possibly want from an action movie. The feature generous offers up plenty of martial arts experts, badass cyborgs, adorable robot companions, evil scientists, butch lesbians, deadly lasers, intense boat chases, mind-warping time travel devices, Roman soldiers, and, of course, Denise Crosby in a wet t-shirt. What more could you possibly ask for? If you’re concerned with such things as plot, characterization, and story arcs, you’re casting your lines in the wrong waters, as “Eliminators” has little to offer in terms of actual depth and substance. The film follows the adventures of Mandroid, a gentleman who has, for reasons that remain entirely unclear to me, been meticulously transformed into a shoddy, low-budget version of “Robocop” courtesy of a crazed inventor who would love nothing more than to travel back in time and rule ancient Rome. Since the aforementioned lunatic’s robotic creation isn’t too keen on becoming just another killing machine, he breaks free, teams up with a sexy scientist, a scruffy river rat, and a ninja in the woods, and proceeds to exact revenge upon his demented maker. Low-budget bliss promptly ensues. If you’re a fan of producer Charles Band and you have a high tolerance for sci-fi goofiness and lots of poorly-staged action sequences, then “Eliminators” should be a no-brainer. I adore it.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Nix

    Dude, I love this movie! One of my very first theatrical experience. I can’t even remember how young I was but it blew me away! Or maybe I saw it on DVD (VHS back then)? Wow, can’t remember, but I do remember I love this.

  • Todd

    I love it. LOVE IT. People who haven’t seen the flick are often quick to dismiss it, but they don’t know what they’re missing.

    • Nix

      There is a ninja guy and a dude who is half-tank. WTF is there NOT to love???

  • Dubs

    Great fun watched it at least ten times as a kid in the 80’s.