The original idea of a version of Frankenstein where the monster becomes an alienated cyborg in modern society is intriguing. [The film could almost be a B movie version of Frederik Pohls excellent novel Man Plus (1976) about a cyborg created to explore Mars]. It was a Canadian production, made by Jean-Claude Lord, a Quebecois director who had previously made the above average slasher film Visiting Hours (1982).
That said, The Vindicator is unimaginative and crudely made. In comparison to The Terminator and its ilk, Jean-Claude Lords emphasis is on human mutilation, not action he takes some unpleasant delight in an extended rape sequence and a scene where a victim is crushed inside a car. Moreover, the plot is stupid at times one simply fails to believe that a designer would incorporate such a moronic feature in a cyborg as having any human touch cause it to go uncontrollably into a killing mode with the only off-switch being the other persons death.
Stan Winston creates a good cyborg suit. A major plus of the piece is cult action queen Pam Grier, caught in a lull between the end of the Blaxploitation genre and her rediscovery by Quentin Tarantino, who adds some tough class that is lacking anywhere else in the film.
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