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Annihilator (1986)

Humanoid killer robots stalk a newspaperman who has knowledge of their existence. One of the robots is made to look like his girlfriend.


Michael Chapman
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Lindsay Chapman ... Richard Armour
Susan Blakely ... Layla
Lisa Blount ... Cindy
Brion James ... Alien Leader
Earl Boen ... Sid
Geoffrey Lewis ... Prof. Alan Jeffries
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Angela Taylor
Nicole Eggert ... Elyse Jeffries
Paul Brinegar ... Pops
Barry Pearl ... Eddie
Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend ... Celia Evans
Channing Chase Channing Chase ... Susan Weiss
Glen Vernon ... Henry Evans
Richard Partlow ... FBI Agent #2
Biff Yeager ... FBI Agent #1


Humanoid killer robots stalk a newspaperman who has knowledge of their existence. One of the robots is made to look like his girlfriend.

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Their time has come!


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Release Date:

7 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Executor See more »

Filming Locations:

Crestline, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A TV series pilot that was not picked up by the network. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Great TV Movie, with so much lost potential...

I first saw this TV movie on late-night British TV in the late eighties and was thrilled with it's simple, yet effective sci-fi edge; obviously, the film was made for a prospective television series that never happened - Which is a shame as the end result was far better than many of the series' that were approved and syndicated at the time.

Synopsis: Mark Lyndsay Chapman plays Richard Armour, a likable reporter whose life changes after his girlfriend, Angela (Catherine Mary Stewart) returns from a holiday in Hawaii with a female friend (Lisa Blount). Their return sees them change into emotionless cyborgs (like that of Terminator, complete with robotic red eyes under their lifelike human skin masks! In fact, so close is the analogy to "Terminator", that the "Annihilator" also stars Earl Boen (whom played Dr Silberman in both movies!) in a supporting role as fellow reporter, Sid!)).

These cyborgs (or Dynamitards as they are later revealed to be known as) exhibit calculated and unsympathetic views of animals, at one point referring to a dog as being 'One of these lesser animals', before disposing of the poor canine in a dumpster! Angela's lack of 'humanity', soon gives Richard just cause to think that something is up and is easily convinced that a dirty weekend away to a remote log cabin would be the ideal solution to rekindle and reconnect! It is here that Angela reveals her deadly intentions and Richard gets more than he bargained for as he barely escapes with his life and is forced to go on the run...

Richard soon discovers that the Hawaii passenger manifest is something of a Dynamitard 'hit list' and tries to find other passengers in hope of finding answers - And possibly the whereabouts of the real Angela - Before running into more deadly Dynamitards! The film is punctuated with Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes" soundtrack, using this now classic song to great effect as our hero staggers around, disillusioned and helpless; armed with a pump action shotgun, an English accent and some attitude, Richard's quest for the truth is soon accompanied by female friend and convert, Layla (Susan Blakely) as she convinces him to seek additional help and advice from Professor Alan Jeffries (Geoffrey Lewis), with disastrous consequences of betrayal...

Truly could have been a great TV series ( Personal Rating 8 / 10 )

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