Okay, we had Alien in 1979, The Terminator in 1984, Runaway from 1984, Aliens in 1986, Predator in 1987, plenty of high tech horror stuff to learn from... and this movie is from 1990.

We have spent 70 minutes already and there's been only ONE attack scene from the creature?

Come on, you can do better than that.

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@rick_777 Hardware is basically set in the present of 2019, not a distant future with fantasy tech.

Besides, you already saw the monsters: The cities are full of them.

@mdhughes It's not about the tech, it's about the art direction.

There was practically no suspense and no increase in the sense of danger. We never SAW what the creature was capable of until it started attacking the protagonists. That's a terrible way of directing a horror film.

@rick_777 You get some of that during the midget's killing. But the machine is not the monster. Seriously. It didn't have a nuclear war, it didn't pollute everything, it doesn't out-reproduce its environment. Jill's dialogue about stupid, suicidal, and sadistic is what the film's about.

And yeah, there's no budget to have a street chase, so it has to all be in the apartment set.

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> And yeah, there's no budget to have a street chase, so it has to all be in the apartment set.

Well that sucks.

@rick_777 The sad/awesome part is his cheap-ass street and poisoned river sets are better than 90% of big-budget SF movies. There just isn't anything further than what was shown. And Richard Stanley's career was shivved by the studios, so we don't get the modern big-budget version.

@mdhughes @rick_777 it's also a low budget movie compared with Aliens (I just checked in imdb), so maybe they didn't have enough money to make enough action scenes with it?

@ella_kane @mdhughes Nah, I don't buy it. They could have split that five minute scene into two (or maybe three) two-minute horror scenes, each more brutal than the previous. A shot of the robot getting more powerful as it began collecting more and more parts would have been way better.

Wait - there WAS a similar movie in this vein: Moontrap (1989). A war robot found in a moon colony started rebuilding itself from scrap. The movie was a flop, but they got the suspense right.

@rick_777 @ella_kane That's because Moontrap is a horror movie (and I love Koenig and Campbell in it) about killer robots.

isn't a horror movie, it's a cyberpunk dystopia slice-of-… well, death, mostly. Even having the machine is maybe a mistake, but it gives them something to do.

@mdhughes @ella_kane Exactly, it's like the movie can't decide what it's supposed to be. Horror? Post-apocalyptic Sci-fi? ...art? :blobshrug:

@rick_777 @mdhughes cyberpunk dystopia is its own genre, inside sci-fi, though. This one is just a lil more gory than the usual WAN choices.

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