Necromancer (1988) – Necromancing the stone

This is not the kind of typically silly, low budget, 80s Horror I expected it to be. To be fair, there is some neck stabbing, a seductive demon, and a friendly neighbourhood Satanist, yet that doesn’t quite satisfy. For the most part, Necromancer is a wild ride of relative banality and disappointment, with its focus firmly on the psychological. At least I assume that’s what it’s going for…

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Deadly Addiction (1988) – The kids wanna rock

What you’ve got here is the classic premise of a reckless, renegade cop versus an international drug ring. Director and star Jack Vacek can barely contain his excitement, and it’s somehow infectious. The story is entirely unoriginal, predictable, and ham fisted, but it goes down in an over-the-top blaze of glory…

Dead End City (1988) – “It’s showtime!”

Man this movie knows how to get your attention, coming at you hard and fast in the opening credits, leaving several bodies in its wake. The slickness of the production had me a little excited straight away – throw in Robert Z’Dar and a cheesy, pulsing, synthesiser score, and the whole thing comes out looking pretty promising…

Robo Vampire (1988) – You won’t believe your eyes

Prepare your whole body, all of your senses, and warn your immediate family, because Robo Vampire is an experience out of this world. It features a trash can RoboCop, brought to life in Hong Kong to fight a minor drug lord and a Chinese wizard who controls jumping, flipping, smoke breathing, firework shooting, immortal vampires. Take that and throw in half an hour of Thai (I think) mercenaries recovering prisoners from evil dudes, the kind who throw jumbo cartons of eggs on the ground for no reason…

R.O.T.O.R (1988) – Stupid SciFi shenanigans

Imagine taking The Terminator and RoboCop and melting them for scrap in Megacity One, while a Noir protagonist watches on, narrating of course. Now water it down, and throw in irrelevant mouthfuls of dialogue, and you’ve got this strangely amusing, postmodern rubbish heap…