The War of the Robots (1978)

aka La Guerra dei robot
Article 2438 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-4-2007
Posting Date: 4-15-2008
Directed by Alfonso Brescia
Featuring Antonio Sabato, Yanti Somer, Malisa Longo
Aliens kidnap scientists. Spacemen set out to rescue scientists, battle robots with Prince Valiant haircuts. Scientists turn bad. Bald alien helps. Viewer scratches head.

Wait a second – Alfonso Brescia, Yanti Somer, Malisa Longo, robots with Prince Valiant haircuts – it sounds like STAR ODYSSEY all over again. Throw in cheesy ten-cent soundtrack, glowing swords, and group of people standing around in a control room making comments while letting everybody else do the work, and you’ll know you’re watching a movie just as bad as that one; the only thing really missing is the pair of suicidal robots that edged that other movie into the stratosphere of goofiness. This one is more coherent, the soundtrack is a tiny bit less wretched, and in its own low-budget way it looks rather ambitious. Still, it’s not as much fun as STAR ODYSSEY, if only because it generally lacks that movies ludicrous dialogue.

The girls are pretty, though. You find what joy you can in movies like this.



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