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Film / Robot Holocaust

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Robot Holocaust was a 1986 post-apocalyptic yarn by director Tim Kincaid, who was mainly a director of Gay porn films. It involves a world in the far-future after "The Great Robot Rebellion of '33", in which most of humanity & human civilization are wiped out. All that's left is a city called "New Terra" (played here by a fully functional New York City), which is ruled by the mysterious Dark One. The remaining humans become his "Air Slaves" & are forced to fuel the power station that keeps the Dark One alive & in charge. The Dark One has the power to clean the poisoned air & uses this as a means to control the "Air Slaves".

The film itself is horribly done with cheap, cheesy sets, no-name actors, horrible acting, poorly-written plot & script and bad special effects. It was the first modern, color film to be shown on the television cult classic comedy, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (barring the KTMA episodes) in one of the more memorable episodes of the First Season. For the said episode see here.


Robot Holocaust provides these Tropes:

  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: The "Beast of the Web" evidently consists of a single articulated leg that flops up and down at its prey.
  • Barbarian Hero: Kai is this with a bit of The Big Guy & The Speechless.
  • The Big Bad: The Dark One.
  • Big "NO!": Bray lets one out when Haim is killed by the mutants.
  • Cassandra Truth: Valeria tells The Dark One that the power source has been compromised but the latter doesn't believe her (despite being dependent on said energy...again, the screenplay is poorly thought out).
  • Conceive and Kill: What the Amazons had planned for Kai before Neo and his bunch came waltzing through. They overpower and kidnap a guy, cut out his tongue, gang-rape him to get themselves pregnant then kill him.
  • The Dark Chick: Valeria.
  • Does Not Like Men: Nyla. Comes with being an Amazon and all.
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  • Dull Surprise: Jorn takes this to a whole other level. Even when confronted by the Dark One's true form, the most he can muster up is looking like he has slight indigestion.
  • Dwindling Party: Little by little, the group of protagonists end up in the Big B-Movie in the Sky.
  • Electric Instant Gratification: The "Pleasure Chamber", where Valeria stands around and shows us her boobies. She doesn't appear to be getting much pleasure out of it, even though the Dark One reprimands her for using it as a habitat instead of a reward.
  • Electric Torture: Valeria inflicts this on Jorn. Valaria also gets this briefly a couple of times from The Dark One.
  • Expy: Klyton... world's most annoying C3PO clone.
  • The Heavy: Torque, the Dark One's other main henchman... a big mean robot who resembles an anthropomorphic lobster man.
  • I Am a Humanitarian: The mutants roaming "The Wastelands", they have Haim for a nice snack.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Jorn, which sets off the plot.
  • Mercy Kill: Jorn's fate, which also kills the Dark One in the process. Jorn's half-eaten but barely alive but it's impossible to save him at that point (most of his body is likely dissolved but not enough to stop Jorn from telling Deeja & Neo to kill him).
  • Mr. Fanservice: Kai the mute barbarian. The wrestlers in the beginning may also qualify.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Valeria wears a variety of skimpy outfits and even has a gratuitous topless scene.
  • Neck Lift: Torque does this to Neo during their battle near the end.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The mutants.
  • Phlebotinum: The anti-air-toxin gizmo that Jorn & Deeja invent.
  • Plant Aliens: The Dark One...we think.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Klyton is meant to be this but comes off more as royally annoying.
  • The Reveal: Valeria turns out to be a robot. Jorn is eaten by The Dark One, who's apparently a triffid-like thing, giving the appearance of Jorn becoming an avocado-man.
  • Robot Girl: Valaria.
  • Room101: "The Room Of Questions", "The Tortures Of The Damned" and other stupidly-named stuff.
  • The Speechless: Kai, due to having his tongue cut out by the Amazons.
  • The Stoic: Neo, The Hero & Jorn...and both are acted so woodenly that they seem comatose.
  • Those Two Guys: Roan & Korla. Bray & Haim.
  • The Thunderdome: The film opens with two guys wrestling to the death...but it's not very thrilling.
  • Tongue Trauma: Why Kai, the hunky be-loinclothed barbarian the gang rescues, is a mute.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Kai is spends the entire film in a dinky loincloth.
    • Also, some of the guys at the Air Slave's place, especially the big hunky wrestler guys clobbering each other in the beginning of the film.
  • We Can Rule Together: In a futile effort to beg for mercy The Dark One says this verbatim.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: The Dark One wants to know the secret of Jorn's invention, so Jorn is kidnapped and tortured & Valeria threatens to do the same to Deeja. Jorn still doesn't budge.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Valeria. She has some kind of European-sounding accent combined with a lisp. She's nearly impossible to understand.