The action moves to five years later and we see that Daniel, the scumbag who raped her, and his friends are now real estate tycoons forcing old folks out of their homes. After intimidating their latest victim, they all take off in different cars when one of them breaks down. He is picked up by a hottie who takes him to a no tell motel that rents the rooms by the hour. The action he gets isn’t what he expected though, which is when we meet Dunn the cop. He is investigating the murder and then the other murders as someone is tearing thru Daniel’s friends. Dunn, with the help of his artist girlfriend Alison eventually figures out that Albert is getting revenge for his sister’s death. And since he is a scientist, he has built a robotic version of her that is going all terminator on their collective asses!
This is a fun bit of early nineties low budget filmmaking that is way better than it should be. The story is predictable but paced quickly and pays off the revenge storyline in a satisfying way. The bad guys are cardboard cutouts, especially Daniel who is portrayed as a two dimensional evil guy who has somehow managed to survive and be successful in the world. His friend’s border on overly aggressive to downright cowardly as they get picked off one at a time. But this flick isn’t about the characters or the plot. Instead, the focus is on getting the men setup to be killed off in interesting and different ways. That it does quite well.
The cast is solid with Stacy Haiduk (Super Boy), Brian Backer (Sleepaway Camp), David L. Lander (Squiggy from Lavern and Shirley), Bruce Davison (X-Men), and several other familiar faces. For the most part they do a decent job, especially Lander as a wise cracking coroner that acts as comic relief. The one thing that shocked me was the performance of David Naughton as the police officer Dunn. He is utterly bland and has no onscreen chemistry with his love interest Haiduk. I feel like he phoned it in on this one. But other than that, it was fun to see some familiar faces chewing some scenery and having a good time.
Is Steel and Lace a great movie? Not really. But it does have enough going for it to justify at least a single watch. Also, if you grew up watching made for HBO or Cinemax flicks then I bet you are going to get a kick out of it.
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