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Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla DVD
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Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla DVD

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"During World War II, the Japanese military established a secret underground laboratory in Tokyo. Three Olympic-level athletes were selected to undergo a process that would turn them into Jinra-go, superhuman armored soldiers. By March 1945, one of the soldiers had been completely transformed into the half man/half machine ultimate soldier called Mikadroid. But American B-29s firebomb the city and, while the two super soldiers manage to escape, Mikadroid and the lab are apparently destroyed. 45 years pass, Tokyo is rebuilt, and old secrets are forgotten. The site is now home to a complex that includes the Discoclub Layla. The disco’s patrons dance late into the night, unaware that a faulty basement generator has reactivated Mikadroid and the cyborg now prowls the basement levels, killing anyone in its path…" - TMDB

 

"Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla might just be the greatest movie title ever. It’s also a very entertaining horror movie with plenty of creative special effects and the coolest slasher put on screen.

The slasher stalks a parking garage quite literally Beneath Disco Club Layla. Partygoers leaving the club quickly meet with machine gun fire and repeatedly get offed by this unseen killer. When the killer appears on screen, it turns out to be a rampaging machine!

The robot is in fact a long forgotten WWII experiment locked down in an underground bunker after the war ends. Electrical issues caused by Disco Club Layla reawaken it and now it’s killing anyone it comes across. If that wasn’t strange enough, two androids from the experiment, who escaped before being locked in, appear to destroy the robot!

The robot design is incredibly unique, especially for the 90’s. It seems most movies/anime from Japan were more interested in sleeker and more cyberpunk robots. Mikadroid decides to go steampunk instead. The robot is clunky, slow and covered in rust. It doesn’t have any lasers or plasma swords, just an imperial army gun and a katana. I love the bulkiness they gave the robot, really hearkens back to the older days of mechanical designs. Seriously check him out, I love it!

The bunker itself also deserves mention for how cool the set piece is. The level of rundown they gave it impressive. Everything is covered in either dust or rust. Old machinery is everywhere, broken glass litters the ground, and (my personnel favorite) a giant broken industrial fan has years of filth hanging off its blades.

The movie also includes some rather stylish shots.

All in all, this movie rocks and needs more fans. The movie is unique and embraces the fact and runs with it. This is one cool ass movie. Recommended." - Some Dude On Letterboxd