HoliDANGER! #1: Eve Of Destruction (1991)

HoliDANGER! #1: Eve Of Destruction (1991)

The DANGER: Eve VIII, a murderous, understandably vengeful lady android! Possesses incredible physical strength and durability, and is powered by an unstable nuclear reactor, which is the kind of thing that can go south real quick. Wields an Uzi submachine gun (an 80's favorite)! Shares the appearance, memories and psychological baggage of her creator, upon whom she was modeled. Seeks vengeance against those who have wronged her creator/herself, and will casually kill and seduce along the way. I mean, why not?

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A female variation on the killer android idea, one wonders how strongly the influence of James Cameron's The Terminator could still be felt when Eve Of Destruction was greenlit. The psychological conceit, whereby the android is the manifested Id of her maker, is an interesting and significant addition, while the nuclear danger represents a very literal "ticking bomb" dynamic in the third act. 

 Gregory Hines, as an experienced counter terrorism field operative, conveys merciless intelligence and impatience for obfuscation. Perhaps because he doesn't fit the typical action movie profile, Hines feels more like a realistic version of this role. Renee Soutendijk shows great facility in playing both creator and creation, which in this case are quite different personas. She embodies the movie's most interesting question, concerning what the destiny of artificial intelligence may be, if we pattern it too closely on our troubled selves. 

 

HoliDANGER! #2: The Black Scorpion (1957)

HoliDANGER! #2: The Black Scorpion (1957)

Holiday? HoliDANGER! (Introduction)

Holiday? HoliDANGER! (Introduction)