Revisited upon the realization that I've only ever watched the censored television broadcast of this. The uncut experience is certainly a lot more violent, a lot more sleazy, and sometimes as a result of its earnestness, a lot funnier (though being much older than I was when I first saw it likely played a bigger role in that regard). Hardware is a crimson dustbowl of blood, wire, and sex. It feels cobbled together with prop leftovers from Terminator and Mad Max; the killer robot M.A.R.K. 13 (an ominous reference to a verse in the Bible) is just a crazy jumble of metal shavings, appliances, and PCB circuit boards making it look more like a walking steampunk nightmare rather than some cutting-edge robotics (ironic given its weakness to water). The character leads are probably even weirder than M.A.R.K. 13.
You've got a drug addict named shades who's called that because he wears his sunglasses indoors. There's a creepy voyeuristic neighbor named Lincoln, likely due to his stone cold gaze. There's Mo, the wannabe Kyle Reece who's got a Nintendo Power Glove permanently grafted to his elbow, and his girlfriend Jill that just wants to make vapid sculpture art. Anyway, shit eventually hits the fan and M.A.R.K. 13 goes on a violent killing spree—slashing, cutting, throwing, and injecting drugs into the aforementioned Shades, Lincoln, Mo and Jill in the filthiest looking old-tech set pieces you can imagine.
Watch it (on VHS preferably) if you're looking for something violent, sleazy, circuited, and held together with spit, semen, and crazy glue.
DAVID LIKES IT TOO
Sleazy hyper violent tech noir. *chef’s kiss*