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The film concerns a near-future {{Mega Corp}} known as CHAANK Industries, which deals primarily with weapons. At the center of the story is a conflict between the new Chief executive Hayden Cale (played by Ely Pouget) and the resident genius mad scientist Jack Dante (Brad Dourif), with a group of pacifist humanitarian eco-warriors and other executives thrown into the mix. Then there is the titular death machine which closely resembles what a terminator based on Alien queen anatomy would look like. There are also child experiments, brain-wiped combat vets and combat exoskeletons all for good measure. Finally, the story itself plays out in the office of the corporation - a 50-something story skyscraper, providing a fittingly claustrophobic backdrop.

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The film concerns a near-future {{Mega Corp}} known as CHAANK Industries, which deals primarily with weapons. At the center of the story is a conflict between the new Chief executive Hayden Cale (played by Ely Pouget) and the resident genius mad scientist Jack Dante (Brad Dourif), (Creator/BradDourif), with a group of pacifist humanitarian eco-warriors and other executives thrown into the mix. Then there is the titular death machine which closely resembles what a terminator based on Alien queen anatomy would look like. There are also child experiments, brain-wiped combat vets and combat exoskeletons all for good measure. Finally, the story itself plays out in the office of the corporation - a 50-something story skyscraper, providing a fittingly claustrophobic backdrop.


* MeaningfulName: characters named [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]], [[Creator/JohnCarpenter John Carpenter]], [[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]], [[Film/{{Alien}} Weyland and Yutani]].


* MeaningfulName: characters named [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]], [[Creator/JohnCarpenter John Carpenter]], [[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]], [[Film/Alien Weyland and Yutani]].

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* MeaningfulName: characters named [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]], [[Creator/JohnCarpenter John Carpenter]], [[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]], [[Film/Alien [[Film/{{Alien}} Weyland and Yutani]].


* MeaningfulName: characters named [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]], [[Creator/JohnCarpenter John Carpenter]] and [[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]]

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* MeaningfulName: characters named [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]], [[Creator/JohnCarpenter John Carpenter]] and Carpenter]], [[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]]Dante]], [[Film/Alien Weyland and Yutani]].

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* MeaningfulName: characters named [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], [[Creator/SamRaimi Sam Raimi]], [[Creator/JohnCarpenter John Carpenter]] and [[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]]


* ShoutOut: Numerous and obvious, such as [[ShoutOutThemeNaming character names]] ([[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]], [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], Creator/JohnCarpenter, Creator/SamRaimi, [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Weyland, Yutani]]) and direct quotes such as Raimi's [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'll be back"]] complete with Austrian accent, that leaves the other characters baffled.

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* ShoutOut: Numerous and obvious, such as [[ShoutOutThemeNaming character names]] ([[Creator/JoeDante Jack Dante]], [[Creator/RidleyScott Scott Ridley]], Creator/JohnCarpenter, Creator/SamRaimi, [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Weyland, Yutani]]) and direct quotes such as Raimi's [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'll be back"]] complete with Austrian accent, that leaves the other characters baffled. Also before opening fire on the Warbeast when they encounter it on the rooftop, Yutani growls out "[[Franchise/StreetFighter Shoryuken]]!"


* UnusualEuphemism: "[[DonutMessWithACop Holy donuts!]]", says the useless cop as he sees he will be crushed by a couple of tons of psychotic robot.

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* UnusualEuphemism: "[[DonutMessWithACop Holy donuts!]]", says the useless cop as he sees he will be crushed by a couple of several tons worth of psychotic robot.

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* UnusualEuphemism: "Holy donuts!", says the useless cop as he sees he will be crushed by a couple of tons of psychotic robot.

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* UnusualEuphemism: "Holy donuts!", "[[DonutMessWithACop Holy donuts!]]", says the useless cop as he sees he will be crushed by a couple of tons of psychotic robot.


The film concerns a near-future {{Mega Corp}} known as CHAANK Industries, which, in the vein of any cyberpunk mega-corp, is powerful and amoral, ([[ClicheStorm Because, of course.]]) dealing primarily with weapons.

At the center of the story is a conflict between the new Chief executive Hayden Cale (played by Ely Pouget) and the resident genius mad scientist Jack Dante (Brad Dourif), with a group of pacifist humanitarian eco-warriors and other executives thrown into the mix. Then there is the titular death machine which closely resembles what a terminator based on Alien queen anatomy would look like. There are also child experiments, brain-wiped combat vets and combat exoskeletons all for good measure. Finally, the story itself plays out in the office of the corporation - a 50-something story skyscraper, providing a fittingly claustrophobic backdrop.

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The film concerns a near-future {{Mega Corp}} known as CHAANK Industries, which, in the vein of any cyberpunk mega-corp, is powerful and amoral, ([[ClicheStorm Because, of course.]]) dealing which deals primarily with weapons.

weapons. At the center of the story is a conflict between the new Chief executive Hayden Cale (played by Ely Pouget) and the resident genius mad scientist Jack Dante (Brad Dourif), with a group of pacifist humanitarian eco-warriors and other executives thrown into the mix. Then there is the titular death machine which closely resembles what a terminator based on Alien queen anatomy would look like. There are also child experiments, brain-wiped combat vets and combat exoskeletons all for good measure. Finally, the story itself plays out in the office of the corporation - a 50-something story skyscraper, providing a fittingly claustrophobic backdrop.


* TooKinkytoTorture: When Hayden Cale points a gun at Jack Dante, he not only isn't afraid, he's actually aroused and says so.

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* TooKinkytoTorture: TooKinkyToTorture: When Hayden Cale points a gun at Jack Dante, he not only isn't afraid, he's actually aroused and says so.


* StalkerwithaCrush: Jack Dante crushes for Cale. She ''starts'' grossed out and becomes much more horrified as the film goes on.

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* StalkerwithaCrush: StalkerWithACrush: Jack Dante crushes for Cale. She ''starts'' grossed out and becomes much more horrified as the film goes on.



* SuperSoldier: Hardman project. Unfortunately, it's AwesomeButImpractical and has an unpleasant tendency to drive the recipiients insane.

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* SuperSoldier: The Hardman project. Unfortunately, it's AwesomeButImpractical and has an unpleasant tendency to drive the recipiients recipients insane.


* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jack Dante is one of the most horrifying man-children ever put on screen, but he's so good at creating the kind of weapons CHAANK wants that the more amoral executives try to tolerate him. The deconstruction lies in that by the point the movie starts he's screwed up a bit too much for them to consider his projects practical but he's creeped them out to the point that they can't bring themselves to fire him, so Cale (the OnlySaneEmployee) decides that there's no advantage in having such a psycho around no matter what.



* DeathFromAbove: A minor character gets crushed when death machine decided to jump down from the top of the building.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Cale's drive to fire Dante (and additional CharacterDevelopment on the extended version) lies on the fact that she can't condone the kind of horrors CHAANK has started to delve into, even if aside from that she was an obedient corporate drone.
* DeathFromAbove: A minor character gets crushed when death machine the Death Machine decided to jump down from the top of the building.



* TheDogBitesBack: When Dante is left alone with the containment vault with a bomb, the warbeast, and [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl no warbeast remote]] it is [[AloneWithThePsycho implied he died]].

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* TheDogBitesBack: When Dante is left alone with the containment vault with a bomb, the warbeast, Warbeast, and [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl no warbeast remote]] it is [[AloneWithThePsycho implied he died]].


* CoolButInefficient: Titular Death Machine, aka Frontline Morale Destroyer aka Warbeast - scary looking bipedal robot with alien-escque spin-capable head and huge claws, designed to track by fear pheromones. Supposedly would be helpful in scaring the bejesus out of the troops on the front line. Either by way of being a prototype or simply bad design it has exposed hydraulic lines all over it, and can only track you if you are scared in the first place.

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* CoolButInefficient: Titular The titular Death Machine, aka Frontline Morale Destroyer aka Warbeast - scary looking bipedal robot with alien-escque ''Alien''-esque spin-capable head and huge claws, designed to track by fear pheromones. Supposedly would be helpful in scaring the bejesus out of the troops on the front line. Either by way of being a prototype or simply bad design it has exposed hydraulic lines all over it, and can only track you if you are scared in the first place.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Warbeast is classified as a '''Frontline Morale Destroyer'''. That description ''alone'' could destroy morale.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Warbeast is classified as a '''Frontline Morale Destroyer'''. That description ''alone'' could destroy morale.



* UncomfortableElevatorMoment

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* UncomfortableElevatorMomentUncomfortableElevatorMoment: Involving Yutani stoically ripping off his own underwear via atomic wedgie to give Cale something to patch his wounds with.


* TheJuggernaut: Warbeast. Almost completely impervious to gunfire, falling from absurd heights and explosions

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* TheJuggernaut: Warbeast. Almost completely impervious to gunfire, falling from absurd heights and explosionsexplosions.

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