Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Crash and Burn (1990)

Directed by:
Charles Band

It's the year 2030 and various characters (a elderly station director, his granddaughter, a deliveryman, a teacher, a sleazy talk show host, a pair of female porno stars and a handyman) end up stranded at an isolated television station during a nuclear storm. Characters start turning up dead thanks to a faulty android, who is hidden amongst the group of otherwise normal humans. The futuristic Ten Little Indians-style storyline is aided by David Allen's excellent stop-motion special effects, which are effective but scantly used in this low-budget production. A giant robot, similar to the one from ROBOT JOX (1990) and its sequel ROBOT WARS (1993) - from the same team of filmmakers over at Full Moon - shows up at the very end and the screenplay pinches numerous ideas from a variety of popular sci-fi and horror movies, such as WESTWORLD and THE TERMINATOR. The cast (many of whom appeared in other Band productions) includes Megan Ward (in her debut film), Ralph Waite (from The Waltons), Paul Ganus, soap opera actress Eva La Rue, Jack McGee, Elizabeth Maclellan (PUPPET MASTER 2), Bill Moseley and John Davis Chandler.

★★

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