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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cyborg 2087 (1966)

In the year 2087, the fascist state controls the population through something called "radio telepathy". A group of anti-fascist revolutionaries send a cyborg (Michael Rennie) back in time to the year 1966 to find the inventor (Eduard Franz) and stop the discovery of "radio telepathy". Directed by Franklin Adreon, this low budget slice of science fiction isn't outrageous enough to qualify as "camp" but its cheesy ineptness provides an eminently watchable "B" movie experience. Actually intended as a TV movie, it was released into cinemas instead. With Rennie as the cyborg of the title, one can't help but be reminded of the similarities of his Klaatu in the classic THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. But plot wise, the film resembles and anticipates Cameron's THE TERMINATOR (1984) more than anything else. The film is very much of its time (1966), the film has a flat TV look and shot in bright colors and there's even a sequence where the movie stops so we can watch some teenagers do The Jerk! With Wendell Corey, Karen Steele, Warren Stevens, Jo Ann Pflug, John Beck and Adam Roarke.    

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