The plot of the thing is basically a revenge/redemption story surrounding a soldier (Matthew Kennedy) killed during the war against soldiers from hell. He is brought back by Doctor Scorpius (Adam Brooks, who also plays Draculon) as a half man, half robot to redeem mankind and defeat Draculon’s minions. There is a whole cast of characters who team up with Manborg in the battle, each with their own reasons for the quest. Now, I could go into each of them a bit, but really there isn’t much point to that. You have the strong, plucky girl character, the dubbed martial arts guy, the oddly Australian accented guy and a little helper guy who resembles a cross between an Oompa-Loompa and a Tusken Raider. You start to see why detailing each of these characters might be an exercise in rabbit-hole type silliness.
Anyway, I get the feeling like the folks at Astron-6 (who made the film) wanted to throw as much as they possibly could into the thing and see how it shook out. With what appears to be a limited budget, they really do a lot. The makeup effects are entertaining, the backdrops and effects are fun, the writing is beyond the pale silly (there are way more than a couple catchphrase quotable quotes that I expect we’ll hear thrown around for a while after its release) and the stop motion effects of some of the creatures are really really cool. A later battle/scene with Draculon in particular, made me think they took the veggie-gremlin from Gremlins 2 and Tarman from Return Of The Living Dead and had a fun time combining them.
Now, with a mish-mash of all these things going on, does it really come together as a completed thought? Well, no, not really, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable to go along with it. Some of the one-liners from the Baron (Jeremy Gillespie) made me chuckle and once I made peace with what I’d gotten myself into, I actually had a lot of fun with it. I feel like with a film like this, you are rooting for the filmmakers. You see the care and the fun they are having and for that, you have to give them a lot of credit.