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Motion Picture Purgatory: PROJECT: SHADOWCHASER (1992)

In the 1990s, Canadian genre directors got good at making action films and sci-fi films, but they rarely combined them in a particularly satisfying way. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick looks at one of the few successes–okay, relative successes–1992’s direct-to-video classic PROJECT: SHADOWCHASER. Aping the big blockbuster conventions of the day, this Vancouver-shot effort from Lloyd A. Simandl associate John Eyres features machine guns, terrorists, and unstoppable robots in a story that wields genre cliches like twin Uzis ready to mow down interchangeable henchmen. As Romulus, the carefully coiffed villain of the piece, star Frank Zagarino somehow returned for three (count ’em) SHADOWCHASER sequels, making it a signature role. Rick sez: