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Eve of Destruction - VHS - Guild Home Video Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Creepy   
Thursday, 31 July 2014
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AKA: Androide Assassina, Eve 8 – Ausser Kontrolle, Total Destruction, Terminator Woman, To 48oro tis agonias, A pusztitas hirnoke, Priorita assoluta, W przededniu zaglady, Dodsmaskinen.

Directed by:
Duncan Gibbins
Written by:
Duncan Gibbins, Yale Udoff
Produced by:
David Madden, Robert Cort, Rick Finkelstein
Cinematography by:
Alan Hume
Editing by:
Caroline Biggerstaff
Special Effects by:
R. Christopher Biggs, Sheryl Berkoff, Jeff Frink, Shelly Morrow.
Cast:
Gregory Hines, Renee Soutendijk, Kurt Fuller, John Jackson, Michael Greene
Year:
1991
Country:
USA
Language:
English
Color:
Color
Runtime:
1h 36min

Distributor:
Guild Home Video

Wow, if the original Terminator had ended up being scripted as a woman, this would be the end result. Eve of Destruction is so Terminator, it's like you're waiting for Kyle Reese to pop up at any moment with a shotgun in his coat. In fact, the Guild Home Video rental tape has a brief T-2 trailer preluding it.

We open with a Christian Bale/American Psycho look-alike dressing in front of a mirror which hides a team of technicians and faceless lab men behind it. A glitch causes the man to judder so he is shut down whilst they investigate it. I mean, they've obviously studied Westworld so they now have to be careful.

“That damn hand again,” says Dr. Eve Simmons. This project is her brainchild. Her one successful automation, Eve VIII, is modelled on her features and her body. Eve VIII actually has her memories and life experiences.

Eve is sent out into the public, closely monitored by an agent. Project R.O.B (Remote Overseas Body) is a government military hoo-haa to design the ultimate spy or infiltrator. You know the plot of so many low budget science fiction tales. Whilst Eve is out on her wanders, she is caught up in a bank robbery. The agent is killed and she is shot in the side, only to stride over to the robber and throw him through the window. Eve claims his fallen uzi, with a strange gleam in her eyes, then she makes her escape.

We meet Jim Mcquade, played by Gregory Hines, an anti-terrorist expert and overall shouting bloke who's just failed his team in a test. The military arrives to collect him for a top mission. Jim is taken for a sit down with army types and evil-eyed Bill Schneider ( Kurt Fuller -- the man of a hundred “I've seen him before” roles such as Ghostbusters II, No Holds Barred, Scary Movie, Wayne's World, and Elvira.) Jim's been placed at the top of the Project R.O.B case and he's watching a graphic video of the creation of Eve VIII. She has been designed as stated for espionage, but also to be a tough battlefield weapon. It's decided that being shot in the bank, her programming has been screwed up basically. “She could be highly dangerous if locked into battlefield mode,” Bill says. That means she's alert and ready to defend herself against any threat, big or small.

Simmons arrives. “Eve has been programmed with a lot of your life experiences. Does she think like you?” asks Jim. “We're not exactly alike.” she corrects him. Fair enough.

Meanwhile Eve enters a clothing store and finds the ideal gear for a Terminator knock-off character to wear -- red leather chick biker jacket and a black mini skirt which would have become a staple look for any sequels or figurines created had this movie become a hit.

Simmons briefs Jim on Eve's structure and what is protected on her, and what is vulnerable, which is not much, she's practically unstoppable. It has to be kept top secret, as far as the world is aware, it's a female terrorist. What Bill and Simmons don't tell him is the fact Eve could go “nuclear”.

Eve, now dressed in her traditional cyborg jacket, etcetera, meets a Chuck Norris clone in a redneck bar at some motel. Back in his room he gets a bit rough with her, calls her a bitch, so she bites his penis off, then proceeds to beat the hell out of his two beer swilling buddies who were listening at the door. This leads to a stand-off with the police, her uzi gorily cutting down five cops. “This thing's gonna take some stopping.” states Jim upon seeing the remains of the officers.

In a chopper beforehand on the way to the scene of the slaughter, Jim says the line of the movie when Simmons asks about his past. “You don't need to read my file to know I'm a great guy.” He also states that at the millions of dollars spent on the project, all the time, and they came up with something without an “off switch.” “Good point.” agreed my Horror Soulmate.

Whilst stood in the redneck bar, Simmons realises just how linked she is to Eve. She used to pass that very bar as a teen but never dared to enter “the hooker bar”, however fantasised what may be inside. Jim then tells her she needs to think of all the things from her life, no matter how deep. Her father crops up as a big possibility. All the while Gregory Hines shouts and loses his breath a lot.

Eve does indeed share memories, suppressed forgotten memories of her father beating her mother and calling little Eve Simmons a “Bitch!” Whilst on the motorway on the way to 'their' father, she has a disagreement with another motorist who calls her a “bitch.” After a full speed collision, HQ are alerted that her battlefield nuclear weapon mode has been activated. Enough explosive crap to level twenty to thirty city blocks. It's a 24 hour countdown naturally. Jim calls in his team and there's a huge shootout at the father's house, but Eve gets away. Simmons works out the next target could be her son back in New York.

Surveillance is put on the apartment including the world's largest joke shop binoculars. Eve VIII gets in rather easily, kidnaps the lad, and from there it's chaos on the NY streets, leading to a rather lengthy but tense finale in the subway tunnels.

Some of the effects are very graphic, especially concentrated on Eve VIII's repair of her body and bodily wounds. R. Christopher Biggs, who began practical and digital effects work with Saturday 14th, and has been involved in films like The First Power, Killing Zoe, Demolition Man, Elm Street 4 & 5, and Donnie Darko had a big involvement as did Jeff Frink, of Dead Heat, Broken Arrow and Ernest Goes to Jail. The film is in fact very well made. It feels like no scene is wasted and adds to the simple yet exciting story. Gregory Hines, for all his yelling, does a good job leading this sort of film. Top marks to Euro actress, Renee Soutendijk pulling double duties as Simmons and Eve VIII. The robot has a cold smirk and a set of raging eyes, total opposite to baggy wearing average scientist person, Simmons.

All said and done, Eve of Destruction is highly entertaining. It does its duty as a gory Sci-Fi B-Movie affair which simply screams 90's! My review is from the large box ex-rental video tape on Guild Home Video, but Eve of Destruction has DVD/Blu-ray releases on MGM and Shout Factory.

Additional trivia: director and co-writer, Duncan Gibbins, was caught in massive wildfires in Southern California in 1993. Gibbins did get out of the area safely, but headed back to his home to rescue his cat. Gibbins died in the blaze, but his cat was found days later, alive with burnt ears, hiding under a shed.

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