Mar 26, 2008


After watching horror film after horror film, you find less and less that you want to comeback to. Many are forgettable or at the very least have no type of replay value. Its not that they are bad films, but you get all you can out of them after just one viewing. This is especially true in regards to more obscure and unknown horror flicks.

After watching Future-Kill, directed and co-written by Ronald W. Moore, I felt I had found something that I could pop into my DVD player anytime and watch. Not that it is the greatest film ever made or in any way artistically merited. Future-Kill is just a fun film that you can watch with your friends anytime. It has just enough laughs and gore to keep a group of people happy.

Don’t let the cover artwork by H.R. Giger deceive you. Future-Kill is faraway from being in the darkly erotic nature of Giger’s work. Instead what you get is a mixture between National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Warriors, and a very slight hint of David Cronenberg. Future-Kill’s antagonist Splatter has a couple sexual problems for perv Freudians out there.

Future-Kill was directed in 1985, around the time that the American Hardcore punk scene started to die out. The mutants in the film seem to represent that subculture both politically and aesthetically. The frat boys represent that typical naive American looking to have fun and not give a shit about anything or anyone else. One of the things that makes Future-Kill so interesting is the interaction between the frat boys and the mutants. This interaction makes for a fun survival flick in the middle of a man made zoo; the city.

Gore and killing are abundant in Future-Kill but not exclusive to the rest of the film. The combination of all elements of the film is what makes Future-Kill enjoyable. With its combination of synthesizer based music, cyberpunk wardrobe, cheap boob shots, and unapologetically lame jokes, Future-Kill keeps you interested throughout.

Future-Kill is a great flick for anyone out there looking to add something new to their DVD collection. At the very least you won’t be disappointed. Its full of 80’s nostalgia for those born in the era of the 8 Bit NES system and synthesizer based music. I’m sure Future-Kill can be fit into a marathon viewing of The Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Maniac.

-Ty E

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