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Automatons (2006)



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Machines fight for control of a world destroyed by man in this ultra-low-budget sci-fi saga from filmmaker James Felix McKenney. A global war has left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable, and the few humans who have lived through the conflict have been driven underground in order to survive. The Girl (Christine Spencer) lives in a subterranean bunker that she shares with several rattletrap robots of her own design. The Girl occupies herself by watching old videotapes of a scientist who was her friend and mentor before the apocalypse, but lately she has other things on her mind. Another survivor (Brenda Cooney) has established a robot army, and is using the machines to lay claim to the remains of the Earth. As the Girl constructs her own mechanical security force, she discovers the Enemy Leader has a dangerous surprise in his arsenal -- the ability to turn the Girl's robot friends against her. The ranting scientist in Automatons is played by Angus Scrimm, best known to horror film buffs as "the Tall Man" from the Phantasm franchise.


David W. Hale
as additional puppeter
Dick Wayne
as additional puppeter
Brenda Cooney
as The Enemy Leader
Angus Scrimm
as The Scientist
John Anthony Blake
as Communication Captain
Jennifer Boutell
as Enemy Commander
Jennifer Shag
as Sick Enemy
Daniel Mazikowski
as Enemy Guard
Larry Fessenden
as Enemy Guard
Don Wood
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Laree Love
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Patrick Williams
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Noah DeFilippis
as Warbots Mk 1 & 2
Matt Huffman
as Soldier Robot
Mike Thurston
as Soldier Robot
Michael Vincent
as Soldier Robot
Jeremiah Kipp
as Soldier Robot
Noah DeFillipis
as Warbot Voice
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Critic Reviews for Automatons

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

I yearn to encounter livelier less-than-zero-budget attempts at post-apocalyptic science fiction than this one.

January 18, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4

McKenney worked in underground theater and comics before turning to filmmaking with movies such as Canniballistic. Judging by Automatons, he's worth keeping an eye on.

December 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

With its retro look, cautionary theme and not-so-special effects, Automatons is a shameless ode to 1960s sci-fi and classic television shows.

December 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

An unwieldy mix of self-conscious camp and heavy-handed allegory, Automatons plays like a cheesy '50s no-budget sci-fier with serious delusions of grandeur.

December 12, 2006
Top Critic

Robot radness achieved!

December 12, 2006 | Full Review…

Try to phase out the redundant and uninspired political discourse and focus only on the sporadic bursts of robot aggression, which McKenney shoots at gloriously odd, jumpy angles.

December 11, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Automatons


The lone survivor of a devastated nation lives alone in a bunker, her only companions being the voice recordings of a long-dead scientist (Angus Scrimm) and the robots she sends out to do battle with the enemy on the unliveable, poisoned surface. In scratchy black and white with lots of theremin noises in the background and deliberately cheesy, clunky robots, it's a recreation of a 1950s sci-fi movie or serial; it evinces a real love for the style, but sadly but there's just not enough story to maintain interest even during its short run time.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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