19 years ago I went to the theater to see a sci-fi flick titled "Hardware"
. I remember what intrigued me the most was that it was given the newly-created "NC-17" rating. Ooooo! It must have lots of great violence and/or sex! Overall it was of the "killer robot" genre made famous several years earlier by another slightly cheesy movie titled "The Terminator" which, of course, became a "classic."
I like to rate movies based on their "memorability." If you have to ask yourself, "Didn't I see that movie?" it was probably a bad movie. By "bad" I mean that it was typical Hollywood drivel where plots and characters are completely interchangeable. The Bourne series comes to mind. I have seen all 3 movies, but I couldn't tell you a single plot point from any of them. What I love are the small movies that burrow into your brain and sit there for years and years. "Hardware" was one of them. It wasn't all that great, but there were certain things that I remembered. While cruising around the Netflix list I saw it and put it in the queue. Last night it reached the top.
Kitty had never heard of it, so she watched it with me. I told her that the few things I remembered were the radio DJ named Angry Bob that was in the background was voiced by rocker Iggy Pop, there was a creepy, disgusting fanboy-like character who gets ripped apart by the robot, and there was a killer closing song. That was about it. I told Kitty that either I'll hate the movie even more than before or that I'll gain new respect for it, seeing it with different eyes than I had 19 years ago. I'm happy to say that it was the latter. Perhaps it was because I was not expecting great sci-fi or something that it was not that I was able to better enjoy it this time around. It did take me back to 1990, so there was the nostalgia factor. I was also able to get the title to the killer track at the end of the film. It was "Order of Death" by PIL. I still dug it! I also picked up a track by Ministry in the movie that I had missed the 1st time around. So if you're looking for something in the sci-fi/horror genre, give it a rent one of these days.