|Robo Vampire (198)|
|Director:||Joe Livingstone (alias)|
|Writers:||William Palmer (alias)|
|Starring:||Robin Mackay, Nian Watts, Harry Myles, and Joe Browne|
Surprisingly, Robo Vampire has far more original content than audiences may at first suspect. Although it does manage to cut a Thai movie into the midst of all the robot/vampire action, these scenes don’t seem to find their footing until somewhere around the halfway point in the movie. This is similar to the movie Ninja Operation: Knight and Warrior, which comes from IFD and manages to also pack a great deal of new footage. This is always a welcome surprise when looking into the back catalog of either of these companies, but these movies seem to be rather rare. If only these companies knew that in the future the things that they would be remembered for would almost always end up being their own creative endeavors. Sure, many of these Taiwanese/Thai/Filipino action films were good in their own right, but within the context of the IFD/Filmark formula, the most memorable bits always focus on the white ninjas or, in this case, the ape-suited villains and fake robots. When the Thai movie footage starts to really roll during the second half of this movie, viewers are likely to feel a little turned off. The original movie actually looks like it might have been entertaining in its own right, so this isn’t to disparage it. There is a brilliant shot featuring a dummy who gets launched off of a roof and also an exploding lift that sees two of the cast members taking part in an insane stunt where they fall from an outrageous height and then land inside of a river. Still, the footage is so shoddily incorporated into the movie that these sequences feel completely out of place and off-topic. In other words, it’s another day in cut-and-paste land.