Awesome Poster, Terrible Movie: R.O.T.O.R. (1988)

The whole point of a movie poster is to get you to watch the flick. That might be the most obvious statement I’ve ever written and while that job morseo goes to trailers nowadays, the one place the poster still rules is on Netflix Instant. I comb through the crappy sci-fi and horror movies and often just add whatever looks interesting/strange/weird/worthwhile. That’s what I did with R.O.T.O.R. How could I not? Just look at how rad that poster is! Compare that to what you see in the trailer below.

This flick doesn’t cross over from “bad” to “so-bad-it’s-good” territory even with the goofy stop motion video that shows how great the robotics work or the wise-cracking robot who talks in a robot voice and looks like Robbie the Robot’s underdeveloped cousin even though the same company created a completely human-looking and -sounding robot. R.O.T.O.R. probably would have been better with a bunch of friends and beers, but alone on the couch it was a disappointment on all fronts.

3 thoughts on “Awesome Poster, Terrible Movie: R.O.T.O.R. (1988)

  1. With a line like this from a science lab assistant when he takes over the project: “What do you think this is? A low budget sci-fi flick? What could possibly go wrong”. Its quite clear they set out to make bad movie from the start.

    This film was hilarious from start to finish. The cowboy/scientist/ex cop Coldyron makes a cup of coffee loaded with sugar (a horse on the coffee bag) then grabs a bunch of carrots and goes to feed his horse. You figure the coffee is for him to drink while he feed the carrots to the horse. Instead he gives the coffee to the horse the guy starts munching on the carrots.

    Looking at this as a serious movie is like looking at Plan 9 From Outer Space as a serious sci-fi movie.

    1. I never said I thought it would be a serious movie, though that is the bill of goods the poster is trying to sell. The goofiness and unevenness just didn’t land with me when I watched it, that’s all.

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