The Vindicator (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  14 February 1986 (USA)
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An employee of a secret company operation becomes the victim of the company's special weapons project. He is transformed into a robotic killing machine that, because of his programming must... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David McIlwraith ...
Carl Lehman / Frankenstein
Teri Austin ...
Lauren Lehman
Alex Whyte
Burt Arthurs
Catherine Disher ...
Catherine Collins
Ian Massey
Micki Moore ...
Mrs. Jan Scott
Larry Aubrey ...
Kurt Kessler
Lynda Mason Green ...
Denis Simpson ...
Joe Simpson
Caroline Arnold ...
Lisa, Massey's Girl
John Zobolles ...
Paper Boy
Trevor Daves ...
Lab Security Guard #1
Carl Knutson ...
Lab Security Guard #2


An employee of a secret company operation becomes the victim of the company's special weapons project. He is transformed into a robotic killing machine that, because of his programming must destroy anything that comes near him. Written by Michael Silva <>

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They thought they took his he wants theirs. Invincible. Unstoppable. Indestructible. He's out on the street and out of control!


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein '88  »

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$4,210,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Carl Lehman: I reprogrammed myself in the computer room - I don't have to kill anymore!
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Post-Terminator meets the Pre-Robocop
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is an evolutionary piece - from Terminator to Robocop .

Stan Winston did the SPFX !

In this film, a scientist working in a sinister robotics company with a really creepy boss(they always are) gets is killed by them in a horrible lab explosion and has his brain placed inside an indestructible robot body .

The rest of this movie goes on with a romance angle as this Cyborg/Man regains consciousness and wreaks havoc while trying to communicate with his wife, played by the gorgeous(back then in 1986) Terri Austin . (He tries to reconnect with his old life, like in that scene in RoboCop)

The rest of this movie is about breaking things, while trying to defeat the evil his evil boss from recapturing him for some ill-defined 'turn humans into cyborgs' project .

This film pays homage to previous movies like THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL - - as the cyborg breaks free like the giant robot Gort does .

Except for the 'Frankenstein Suite' designed by Stan Winston, this movie's production values are typically Canadian: SLEAZY ! !

Pam Grier stars in this film as an hired killer-commando, a cheap role of the likes she was doing so much of during the 80's .

As for a Sci-Fi Horror B movie, out of 4 Stars, this film ranks about a <3

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