Forgotten Action Cinema: R.O.T.O.R.

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Fans of cheesy 80’s cinema are probably well-versed in the world of “R.O.T.O.R.”, writer/director Cullen Blaine’s seriously misguided sci-fi actioner that borrows liberally from both “The Terminator” and “Robocop”. However, what those aforementioned flicks don’t have is a tin ear for dialogue, some incredibly lame special effects, and one of the most uncharismatic leads in the history of celluloid. Regardless of how much you think you hate film, you’ll soon find that it’s infinitely rewatchable, as everything that makes the picture inherently awful somehow manages to entertain your traumatized brain for the duration. Locating a copy of the film on VHS is somewhat pricey — a new copy currently goes for roughly $79 on Amazon — but it’s well worth the cash if you can locate it for under five bucks. Out of all the cheap knock-offs that the 80’s produced, this is definitely one of the stronger titles. Assuming, of course, you have a high tolerance for pathetic post-production dubbing, flabby robotic police officers, and quotes that seem destined for hipster T-shirts. If it ever reaches DVD, I’ll probably wet myself.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a peek at the trailer below.



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) beyondhollywood.com.