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Future-Kill (1985)

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Commentary 1: Director Ronald Moore and actor/co-producer/co-screenwriter Edwin Neal Rating:6.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 27th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Director Moore and co-creator/actor Neal strike just the right tone of self-deprecation and fondness for their mid-80s mash-up of "Animal House," "The Warriors," and "The Terminator." Both commentators are handy with the trivia and Neal especially seems to have a great recall of the shooting. No stock footage here, as shots of Downtown Dallas were used to portray a "futuristic" nightscape (as "RoboCop" would utilize further along in the decade). Incredibly, "Future-Kill" operates as a sort-of "time capsule" of Austin, Texas; years before its' resurgence as a mecca for "hipsters." Neal and Moore explain what it was like to shoot in Downtown Austin, while achieving a distinct lighting pattern with a very miniscule budget (approx $250,000). Brushes with producers as varied as Lloyd Kaufman and Arnold Kopelson also highlight this vivid commentary. One Schlock-meister necessitated a name change (from "Splatter") while the other called for more gore, nudity, and stunts (you can guess which one produced "Platoon," no?). A real fun and lively commentary, that would deserve a 9 out of 10. However, the duo miss the screen debut of one John Hawkes (of "Deadwood," "Freaked," and "Winter's Bone" fame). He shows up at the 6 minute mark in the frat house. But, for the visual references to "Chainsaw Massacre" alone, this track is a solid 8/10