Sci-Fi Horrorfest – Cyborg 2087 (1966)

2018 Sci-Fi Horrorfest: Cyborg 2087 (1966)
Cast:        Michael Rennie as Garth A7
Karen Steele as Dr. Sharon Mason
Warren Stevens as Dr. Carl Zeller
Eduard Franz as Professor Sigmund Marx
Wendell Corey as Sheriff

Written by Arthur C. Pierce
Directed by Franklin Adreon

Plot: In the year 2087, the world is controlled by corporations and free thought is illegal. A resistance group sends a cyborg back in time to 1966 to prevent the creation of a device that will lead to mass thought control.

Richard’s Review: I’ve never heard of this film before a few years ago and I’m amazed it’s not more well-known due to the similarities to The Terminator.The cyborg is a mix of Kyle Reese (who tried to change the timeline) and the Terminator (who tried to keep it intact). I know Harlan Ellison sometimes get credit but this had to have inspired James Cameron at some point.

I love Michael Rennie and he’s good here but a little subdued. Yet, he’s supposed to lack emotion, which may explain his sometimes droll performance. It was nice to see some familiar Star Trek faces and the action was fun but there wasn’t quite enough plot for the running time. It would have been much better within a 75-minute time frame or even an hour. The special effects budget is a little low but it doesn’t pull you out of the moment. I really enjoyed this flick and recommend you give it a chance.

Karla’s Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one, especially as it’s obvious to see where it inspired The Terminator. The cast did a great job and the story was fun but it did drag on in places. It took a while for the story to get started and it seemed like the chase scene went on a little too long. But it had a happy ending so I’d definitely watch it again.

Trivia:
  • Michael Rennie, best known for his role of Klaatu in Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) died in 1971 at the age of 61 due to emphysema.
  • Karen Steele is better known as Eve in the classic Star Trek episode Mudd’s Women. She died in 1998 as the young age of 56 due to cancer.
  • In another Star Trek reference, Warren Stevens appeared as Rojan in the 1967 episode By Any Other Name. On a side note, I met Mr. Stevens at Trek Expo ’99 along with his Forbidden Planet co-star Anne Francis.
  • Jo Ann Pflug appears briefly in the opening moments of the film as the women in the control booth. She was a regular television character actress throughout the 70s and 80s, as well countless daytime game show appearances.

Availability: Despite a lack of extras, Cyborg 2087 looks great on Blu-ray from Kino Classics.

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