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The story focuses on a lone woman in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been engaging in a futile war of competing philosophies and belief systems. Newcomer Christine Spencer stars as the Girl, who lives in a crumbling laboratory repairing outdated robots while fending off the destructive video beams of the Enemy Leader. Cult horror star Angus Scrimm (Phantasm) stands out as the Scientist who has seen it all.
As potent as The Day the Earth Stood Still or Android, AUTOMATONS is a must-see for all science fiction fans.
Ed Wood, the notorious director of Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen or Glenda, has risen from the dead and returned to filmmaking as James Felix McKenney... And I mean that as a compliment. --V.A. Musetto, NEW YORK POST
Automatons is an excellent homage to the movies of yesteryear, and will be quite a thrill for anyone who misses those old days. --Steve Anderson, FILM THREAT
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My problem is that I have NEVER been able to see the entire film. So far I have bought three DVDs from different vendors and they all freeze 1:08:25 - 1:16:03 into the film on multiple DVD players and you can't get past the bad spots on the DVDs to even see the end of the movie. I just gave up on this DVD at that point.
It should have been cheaper and should have had more inspection and had carefully looked through from the expert before being released.
All or most of the product were stopped during playing and even me during watching the movie stopped almost at the end of the movie and had to go to the site called vimeo.com and accessed through my facebook account without doing anything and watched the last 3-5 minutes for free which was pretty lucky.
But all the other audiences who bought the same dvd complaint about the same problem even worse because they even experienced the dvd being stopped at the middle of watching the movie, it was not even almost at the end. They must have been really angry.
The movie was as I told you already tried to recall the look of 50s old fashioned sci-fi movie and added some of the very brutal images made by robots killing humans, some bloody stabbing shots, some slasher images with body parts being cut out with swords, some with rifles and we see the images of human penatrated by bullets in their stomach all the way.
The image of the screen is rather very bad I way VHS image at best to show as if it was coming right from the 50s as I already mentioned.
Some critics said it's a retro genious attempt, I say it's a so so trial but some dark going towards the cliff to kill oneself that we all know what will come at the end.
The end will be as we all guessed the tragedy which is all human will be extinct.
The robots are rather fakish mostly actors are inside try their best to look like robot movement rather pity to look at but somehow was quie ok too with special sound effect and all.Read more ›
Reel 13 website can view Glass Eye Pix's award-winning film,
AUTOMATONS, in its entirety. The film is available to watch streaming
for free along with additional AUTOMATONS content, including an
exclusive Reel 13 interview with writer-director James Felix McKenney:
Also available is the option to download a high-quality digital copy
of the film for anyone who makes a donation to Channel 13.
The Village Voice exclaimed "Robot radness achieved!" and the New
York Times said that "the buzzing static and fizzy backlighting
recall the glistening surrealism of the filmmaker Guy Maddin...
enormously endearing" when AUTOMATONS was first released in theaters
in 2007. The film was directed by DYI auteur James Felix McKenney who
also directed CANNIBALLISTIC!, THE OFF SEASON and the forth-coming
SATAN HATES YOU and HYPOTHERMIA.
Says McKenney, "I'm incredibly excited to have our film be part of
Reel 13. I have been a huge fan of Public Television my whole life.
In fact, AUTOMATONS is almost entirely inspired by my a large part of
childhood spent staring through the snow at a tiny B&W television
with a coat hanger for an antenna to watch DOCTOR WHO, THE PRISONER,
MATINEE AT THE BIJOU, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and the classic films
of Hitchcock as well as Universal horror movies on my local PBS
stations in Maine and New Hampshire. I think we've found the perfect
online home for our little film."
AUTOMATONS is the third film in Glass Eye Pix's ScareFlix series and
is currently available on DVD from Facets Video.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes independent science fiction films can be more intelligent than the big-budget effects-laden extravaganzas that Hollywood turns out. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Jonathan Golding
JFM is the MAN! Anyone who has the balls to resurect good old fashioned 50-60s sci-fi gets my loyalty any day! Smart script, socially relevant. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by Turge
Duct tape and elbow grease cinema strikes again. You have to be fairly magnanimous, if you're gonna thumbs up this movie. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by H. Bala
First, don't let the film format turn you off - this looks just like any sci-fi flick from the '50s. The 'bots are cool and there's lots of action (eventually...). Read morePublished on April 27, 2008 by J. McHenry
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