- Hardware (1990 film)
name = Hardware
caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Richard Stanley
producer = Ray Corbett
Polly du Plessis
Dylan McDermott Stacey Travis Iggy Pop Carl McCoy
Simon Boswell Paul Barker Al Jourgensen Motörhead
September 14, 1990
runtime = 93 min
language = English
amg_id = 1:21569
imdb_id = 0099740
budget = $1,500,000 (estimated)
The 21st century world is a
radioactive wastelandas a result of a nuclear war. A travelling scavenger comes across the remains of a cyborgnamed Mark 13 in the desert; He salvages pieces of it. The cyborg head ends up with a metal sculptress, who is unaware of the cyborg's infamy as a governmental killing machine project that was scrapped due to its defects. Mark 13 reconstructs itself utilising household appliances and metal parts, and goes amok.
Advertised as "
The Terminator" for the nineties, the film's soundtrack features music from Iggy Pop(who, although never seen in the movie, has a cameo role as the radio personality known as "Angry Bob"), Motörhead(whose lead singer, Lemmy, has a cameo as a taxi driver), Ministry and Public Image Limited. Additionally Carl McCoy, the vocalist from Fields of the Nephilimplayed the 'zone tripper' who brings the Mark 13 into human contact, additionally GWARis featured in a music video where Ministryplays in the background. The film features excepts from the film Salodirected by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Special effects were provided by Image Animation (" Hellraiser", "Highlander" and " Nightbreed").
M.A.R.K. 13 is a prototype killer combat droid. Its name is a reference to the
Gospel of Markin the New Testamentof the Bible, part of which reads "no flesh shall be spared".
The robot, capable of reconstructing itself if damaged in combat, can augment and rebuild its body using nearest available machinery and metal parts. It also comes equipped with an anti-personnel
chemical weaponin the form of an injectable cytotoxin, that causes sensory distortion before death. The ultimate purpose of this weapon is to allow the government to commit mass genocideof its own citizens to alleviate overpopulation.
Achilles' heelis a faulty insulation system, highly sensitive to moistureand humidity. Although built for fighting in aridterrain, this huge flaw in the droid caused its governmental project funding to be initially suspended. At the end of the film it is revealed the Mark 13 will enter mass production.
The film is based on a 2000 AD comic called "SHOK! Walter's Robo-Tale". [ [http://www.2000adonline.com/index.php3?zone=thrill&page=thrillviewer&thrill=shok The Shok! strip] , requires (free) registration to view online. (Navigate to "One-off Thrills.")] [ [http://www.britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/shok.shtml Shok!] at British Horror Films.co.uk] In the comic version, the robot head part is recovered from the bloody aftermath of the
Cursed EarthSaga (almost making Hardware the first Judge Dreddmovie ever). The original theatrical release did not mention the comic book despite heavily plagiarizing its storyline. Following legal action a notice was added to later versions and the strip's creators, Steve MacManusand Kevin O'Neill, now get full writers' credits.
It is now considered to be the first "2000 AD" movie spin-off, followed by the better-known "Judge Dredd". [ [http://www.2000adonline.com/?zone=spinoff&page=films 2000 AD's film adaptations page which includes "Hardware"] ]
Dylan McDermott— Moses "Hard Mo" Baxter
Stacey Travis— Jill
* John Lynch — Shades
William Hootkins— Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
Iggy Pop— Angry Bob
Carl McCoy— Nomad
Mark Northover— Alvy
* Paul McKenzie — Vernon
Lemmy— Water Taxi driver
* [http://www.everythingisundercontrol.org/nagtloper/write/hwscript.php An early draft of the film's screenplay]
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