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.