CRASH AND BURN
Crash and Burn is an oddity. Sitting down to watch the film without knowing anything about it, it is hard to work out exactly what sort of film it is. If one goes by the video box cover, which features a giant insectoid robot, the film gives the appearance of being another live-action Transformer saga, a la Robot Jox (1990), which the Bands released around the same time as this. (Band regular David Allen provided the Transformer effects in both films). Such however proves to be a case of false advertising as the Transformer robot plays a relatively unimportant part in the film and only has a few minutes screen time near the end. Actually coming to sit down to watch it, Crash and Burn starts out like a standard science-fiction action film with its establishment of a totalitarian mono-corporate future and decayed-civilisation setting (which is depicted with admirable economy and some fine photography).
It takes about half-an-hour of running time before Crash and Burn finally reveals itself as being a killer android story. This quickly falls into the cliches that preoccupy most post-Terminator (1984) direct-to-video releases. Bill Moseley overacts wildly in what has become the standard way for such androids to be played (as opposed to what one would imagine killing machines would be like cold and emotionless). There is at least one good scene even if it is stolen directly from The Thing (1982) remake with the group sitting around a table cutting their thumbs to see who will bleed. Crash and Burn is better made in some places than the average direct-to-video Terminator clone but it is still a routine production nevertheless.
Megan Ward one of the few promising talents that the Bands managed to discover gives a perky and intelligent performance as the teen technical whiz kid. Screenwriter J.S. Cardone went on to become a director of some note, most notably with the vampire film The Forsaken (2001).
Charles Band has produced over 200 films. As director, his other genre films include:- Crash (1977), Parasite (1982), The Alchemist (1983), Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983), an episode of The Dungeonmaster/Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate (1984), Trancers/Futurecop (1985), Pulse Pounders (1988), Meridian (1990), Trancers II (1991), Doctor Mordrid (1992), Dollman Vs. the Demonic Toys (1993), Prehysteria! (1993), Head of the Family (1996), The Creeps/Deformed Monsters (1997), Hideous (1997), Mystery Monsters (1997), Blood Dolls (1999), Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), Dr Moreaus House of Pain (2004), Decadent Evil (2005), Doll Graveyard (2005), The Gingerdead Man (2005), Evil Bong (2006), Petrified (2006), Dead Mans Hand (2007), Decadent Evil II (2007), Dangerous Worry Dolls (2008), Evil Bong II: King Bong (2009), Skull Heads (2009), Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong (2011), Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt (2011), The Dead Want Women (2012), Devildolls (2012), Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012), Ooga Booga (2013), Unlucky Charms (2013), Gingerdead Man vs Evil Bong (2013), Trophy Heads (2014), Evil Bong 420 (2015), King of Cult (2015), Evil Bong: High 5 (2016), Evil Bong 666 (2017) and Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017).