A wandering nomad finds a robot head in the post-apocalyptic desert. He brings it back to the city and sells it to a wandering soldier. The soldier takes the robot head to his girlfriend as a gift for use in one of her sculptures.
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An inventive and original sci-fi thriller makes great use of its low budget with Richard Stanley's sharp filmmaking and some impressive practical special effects. Definitely deserves to be better know, a cult classic.
Not the most horrible movie I've ever seen but that doesn't mean it wasn't a dumb one. Hardware felt like a 90-minute music video that borrowed liberally from better sci-fi movies while embracing the worst parts of the late 80s and early 90s. Personally, I would've loved to have seen and heard more from the pervert neighbor but that's just me. Other than that some decent imagery but overall some weak storytelling.
Hardware is wonderfully effective when it's not being a slasher film. The world-building and production design is excellent for the budget, which hardly ever shows, and there's a cynicism in this dystopia that gives it a timeless edge. There's also an occult subtext if you look hard enough.
The kind of movie you used to see on Moviedrome, being introduced by Alex Cox or Mark Cousins, before terrestrial TV channels had their testicles removed. An atmospheric, technically accomplished, low budget piece of punk sci-fi.
Awesome slice of 90´s low budget sci-fi. The premise is pretty decent but it's the execution that sets this movie apart from others like it. The blend of punk attitude, gothic cool, gory violence, sexual perversion, psychedelic acid trips, fun cameos and technical prowess makes this a fun ride.
An effective mood piece, which you can thank the color pallette and the synth score for, that I am somewhat surprised isn't a bigger cult film (as noted at a comment below). There's an interesting sense of direction and some memorable imagery that makes this low-budget sci-fi horror captivating to watch. Favourite images? Quite a few actually.
Dense lush visual style coupled by perhaps the limited budget create a wonderful vibe, a real feel to this film. Then things get very much focused on a killer robot and some gruesome kills. Still the first half adds to my interest in South African cinema indeed and it indeed earns the cult following it has.
There are lots of great things in this film: Iggy Pop's irreverent DJ, William Hootkins (the fat military intelligence agent from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) as an insane pervert, the killer M.A.R.K. 13 robot with its ironic American flag paint-job, the pervading sense of doom, a rad soundtrack, etc. Unfortunately, the whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts. HARDWARE is fun but suffers from bad pacing & writing.