Texas University frat boys are held responsible for the accidental killing of the Anti-Nuke Mutants' leader and must flee through the hostile parts of downtown Dallas, aided by friendly Mutant Julie (Alice Villarreal). They're mercilessly hunted by the psychopathic Splatter (Ed Neal), the Mohawk sporting mutant seeking revenge for the killing of his leader.
A bizarre twist on THE ROAD WARRIOR, Future-Kill is perhaps best remembered for its recasting of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE stars Edwin Neil and Marilyn Burns and its amazing key art by Alien creator H.R. Giger.
Watch also for a cameo in the film from Texas Chainsaw Massacre II's Leatherface, Bill Johnson.
The Freaks and the Frats come together during their moment of terror in Future Kill
, a sci-fi film that doesn't have much to do with its H.R. Giger poster/DVD cover. Directed by Ronald Moore, the film's The Warriors
-like plot, in which a gang navigates the city maze for survival, features a group of Texan fraternity boys who accidentally witness the murder of an anti-nuke group leader, Eddie Pain, when they try to kidnap him as a prank. Pain's killer, Splatter (Edwin Neal of Texas Chainsaw Massacre
), seeks to eradicate his witnesses, so that the Frat boys must find shelter among their enemies, the Freaks, those previously convinced by Pain to dress like radiation victims. The Freaks' costumes resemble Derek Jarman's punks from Jubilee
, making Future Kill
fashionable if anything. Between the average Freak, Splatter's half-metal, half-human look reminiscent of Phantom of the Paradise
, and the New Wave synthesizer soundtrack, it's hard to take seriously the Frats' war casualties as Splatter kills some of them. Not until the Frats team up with Splatter's ex, Dorothy Grim (Marilyn Burns), do they distinguish the nuances between Freaks, along with the need to eliminate Splatter from the Freaks' non-violent scene. The final, harrowing battle between Splatter and his opponents looks like Tron
. Overall, Future Kill's
horror takes place in back alleys populated with fire-breathers, punk rock bums, and mini-skirted hookers, providing a satisfying glimpse into an imagined '80s subculture. --Trinie Dalton