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Robowar (film)

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aka Robot Da Guerra
Directed byBruno Mattei
Produced byFranco Gaudenzi
Written byClaudio Fragasso
Rosella Drudi
Bruno Mattei
StarringReb Brown
Catherine Hickland
Music byAl Festa
CinematographyRichard Grassetti
Edited byDaniele Alabiso
Distributed byFlora Film
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
92 minutes

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Robowar (also known as Robot da guerra) is a 1988 science fiction-action-horror film, starring Reb Brown, Catherine Hickland, and Massimo Vanni. Directed by Bruno Mattei under his most common pseudonym, Vincent Dawn, and written by the husband and wife team of Claudio Fragasso and Rosella Drudi, Robowar is a rip-off of the 1987 American film Predator, in the tradition of Shocking Dark and Strike Commando, both also directed by Mattei. Although featuring a partially American cast, the movie was not released in the United States until 2019,[1][2] when Severin Films gave it a Blu-Ray release.[3]


Major Marphy Black (Reb Brown) leads a group of commandos through the jungles of an unnamed island, but unknown to all involved but Mascher (Mel Davidson), they are being stalked by Mascher's robot invention, Omega-1. Over the protests of Mascher, the group first saves a volunteer hospital worker, Virgin (Catherine Hickland), from a band of guerrillas, then take out the hospital camp, killing all the guerrillas there, also. At this point, the robot begins killing members of the commando group, one by one. That night, Mascher admits to Marphy that he created Omega-1, that it was acting sporadically, and that he was there to check out the match-up between the decorated Marphy and Omega-1.

The next day, they continue, and are further stalked by the Robot. At one point, as Mascher is reviews a computer to check Omega-1's location, one of the commandos tosses it into the river, declaring that Macscher is now in the same danger they are. Later, Mascher reveals the radio device which can destroy Omega-1, but the robot kills Mascher and others, leaving only Black and Virgin, and takes the radio destruct device. That night, Black listens to an audio tape given by Mascher, which reveals that Omega-1 is a human/machine hybrid, whose human parts were made up of the brain of Black's old friend, Lt. Martin Woodrie. Omega-1 attacks in the house they're hiding, but Virgin stuns the robot with acid, and Black blows up the house. Black and Virgin reach the shore, and try to signal the boat, but Omega-1 catches up, and chases Black into the jungle. Cornering him, the robot removes the visor of his mask, hands Black the destruct radio, and instructs him to key the destruct sequence. Black does so, and returns to the shore.


  • Reb Brown as Maj. Marphy Black
  • Catherine Hickland as Virgin
  • Massimo Vanni as Pvt. Larry Guarino
  • Romano Puppo as Cpl. Neil Corey
  • Claudio Fragasso as Omega-1, The Hunter (as Clyde Anderson)
  • Max Laurel as Quang
  • Jim Gaines as Sonny "Blood" Peel
  • John P. Dulaney as Arthur "Papa Doc" Bray
  • Mel Davidson as Mascher


In Spinegrinders: The Movies Most Critics Won't Talk About, Clive Davies writes, "Predator ripoff with a cyborg is a mindless bore after five minutes."[4]


  1. Roberto Chiavini, Gian Filippo Pizzo, Michele Tetro. Il grande cinema di fantascienza: da 2001 al 2001, Vol. 1. Gremese, 2001. p.53. ISBN 88-8440-114-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  2. Aa.Vv. Il sopravvissuto. Guida al cinema di Bruno Mattei. Dossier Nocturno n.45, 2006.
  3. http://www.filmaf.com/rt.php?vd=amz295605
  4. Davies, Clive (2015). Spinegrinder: The Movies Most Critics Won't Talk About. Headpress. ISBN 9781909394063. Retrieved 14 September 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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