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      2006 1h 23m Horror List
      63% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 50% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A film about the horror of war and robots. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune I yearn to encounter livelier less-than-zero-budget attempts at post-apocalyptic science fiction than this one. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 18, 2007 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post McKenney worked in underground theater and comics before turning to filmmaking with movies such as Canniballistic. Judging by Automatons, he's worth keeping an eye on. Rated: 3/4 Dec 13, 2006 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times With its retro look, cautionary theme and not-so-special effects, Automatons is a shameless ode to 1960s sci-fi and classic television shows. Rated: 3/5 Dec 12, 2006 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3/5 May 22, 2007 Full Review Maitland McDonagh TV Guide The acting is flat, and the scientist's ideological speeches too bluntly designed to mirror post-9/11 rhetoric. But there's a dreamy fascination to the iconic images of machines fighting a perpetual war for the human creators they'll inevitably outlast. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 12, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member this movie is the worst movie I have ever seen it's painfully boring and makes my eyes hurt with the tedium of this PILE OF CRAP! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member this now in my top 3 weird bizzarre yet wonderful right behind liquid sky & eraserhead. its a little slow at first but hang in there its worth it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Automatons takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a long human survivor lives her life in a bunker, working on her small army of robots while listening/watching the tapes left by her creator (the great Angus Scrimm, in a cool role) where he dictates the events of the robotic apocalypse. Meanwhile, an enemy bunker continually tries to corrupt her systems and turn her robots against her. As the film goes on, the lone girl works to try and fix the robots in hopes of taking down the other bunker soon, which unfolds in a eventful (and surprisingly gory) climax that was a 180 degree turn from how the rest of the movie was playing out. Keep in mind, movie watchers, Automatons is painfully different from other films. It's a EXTREMELY low budget, independent film that tries to interpret those old classic Killer Robot films of the 50's and 60's, while adding a nice mixture of modernized filmmaking using progressive story-telling and inventive action. Most will not see this and will be ignorantly repelled by the film, which is a shame because it's so damn interesting. I would definitely recommend this film to fans of such interesting elements, as well as fans of writer/director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter, founder of Glass Eye Pix, which put this movie out) who has a very brief role in the film. Great film from writer/director James Felix McKenney, whose only continued to churn out good films like the upcoming Satan Hates You and his already highly anticipated next film, Hypothermia). For what it's worth, a cool and interesting movie, but only to the more seasoned viewer who "gets" this sort of thing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The lone survivor of a devastated nation lives alone in a bunker, her only companions being the voice recordings of a long-dead scientist (Angus Scrimm) and the robots she sends out to do battle with the enemy on the unliveable, poisoned surface. In scratchy black and white with lots of theremin noises in the background and deliberately cheesy, clunky robots, it's a recreation of a 1950s sci-fi movie or serial; it evinces a real love for the style, but sadly but there's just not enough story to maintain interest even during its short run time. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member An astounding effort given the budget and means to make the film, and hands-down the best throw-back pictures I have ever seen. This really feels like this was made in the 50s and has all of the resonance that the low-budget sci-fi films had back then. The audio is a bit off-putting at first since it is so obviously over-dubbed, but this doesn't much take away from the filmmaking and budget-squeezing genius that went into this work. Even the cryptic messages from Angus Scrimm's character serve to make the character all that much more of a true sci-fi work, making us look more at how we treat humanity and the threats we are posed with. Throwing in the extra gore and horror elements were definitely welcomed since this is the kind of audience for these types of pictures that is probably around for this type of film nowadays and just made for that much more over-the-top entertainment. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Probably the worst movie I've seen in my entire life. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A film about the horror of war and robots.
      James Felix McKenney
      Larry Fessenden
      James Felix McKenney
      Production Co
      Glass Eye
      Original Language
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 29, 2008
      1h 23m