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Machined [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

David C. Hayes , Jose Rosete , Craig McMahon    DVD
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  • Actors: David C. Hayes, Jose Rosete, Patti Tindall, Mark Ray, Elias Castillo
  • Directors: Craig McMahon
  • Writers: Craig McMahon
  • Producers: Craig McMahon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000FUF6TU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building A Killer From Scratch 11 Feb 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Plot. A mechanic living in the middle of nowhere collects serial killer paraphernalia, aswell as building his own killer.
This has a brilliant storyline and is a fabulous horror film that's very creepy, dark and bloody, not too much gore but torture scenes and a fair few kills and even a twist or two aswell as a few scares help to keep things interesting. Nicely paced with a few humorous touches and well acted for the most part.
I liked this low budget indy because it was able to hold my interest and even surprised me a few times.
Extras nil except some trailers. USA Release Region 1.
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Amazon.com: 1.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Everything That Is Bad About Direct-To-Video Movies, All At Once. 27 Dec 2006
By A. Estes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When viewing a low-budget, straight-to-video horror flick, one should know not to expect much. But when a movie is packaged in such a deceiving way, with a plot summary that hints at a possibly intriguing story, it's easy to be fooled. You always want to give the underdog a chance, to discover a gem that was created by the sweat and blood of a hard-working filmmaker and his miniscule crew. "Machined" is that low-budget, straight-to-video, shot on a shoe-string budget movie, but without all of the glories of high quality independent film-making.

The main problem with "Machined" is that it is the first movie I have ever seen where the only plot you get is on the back of the DVD case. Had I not read this little summary, I wouldn't know that we were watching a movie about a guy named Motor Man Dan who collects body parts and performs experimental surgery in his garage to create his own monster. All the movie tells us is that we are following an overly hairy, overweight fellow who likes to watch people being killed by his robot that he somehow composed from an actual human being. Nevermind that we never get the slightest insight as to how "Dan" pulls it off, especially as he doesn't seem to be the smartest and most stable mechanic. See, there are much bigger improbabilities to behold. Such as two teenagers in a dark room who don't notice a maniac with freakin' lights on his head sneaking up behind them. Nor are they suspicious of a creepy mechanic who keeps twitching and refuses to wear a shirt. "Machined" carries little to no suspense. Not only did I not care about any of the characters, but I did not feel a single ounce of tension or fear when they were slaughtered, albeit, very clumsily.

You don't need money to create a good story, and that is the biggest problem with this movie. The creator, Craig McMahon didn't need to spend a single red cent on a single drop of blood. Nor did he need to try to give our killer a cool look. None of it matters in a good horror movie. All McMahon had to do was deliver us characters that had development behind them and whom we could actually relate to. Also, it wouldn't have hurt to have cast people who can actually act. At the very least, he could have written a story that makes sense and doesn't suffer from A.D.D. The bottom line with "Machined" is that it was a good idea gone wrong. The premise is interesting enough, but that's about it. You'll get more entertainment by looking at the DVD case than watching the actual movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So boring, I was snoring 19 Mar 2008
By ZombieLuv - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
OMG, this movie stinks. It is low grade quality, the acting is so bad, and the sight of the fat man with the hair all over his back is a little much to take for over an hour straight. It seemed to take place in someone's garage through the entire film. It had VERY LITTLE GORE and barely any action. I was disappointed to say the least. Do not pay 12.99 for this, it's not worth 12 cents. ZZZZZ
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleah. 25 Jan 2007
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Machined (Craig McMahon, 2006)

Can someone please explain to me how it is that Machined, the latest entry (well, by the time you read this, I'm sure eighty others will have arrived) in the microbudget-indie-horror wars, got picked up for distro by Lion's Gate while such infinitely superior offerings as Deadbirds and Shallow Ground have major-label distribution overseas but almost nothing here in America? I'm really starting to get that whole "hell in a handbasket" thing.

Machined is a movie that has a great concept, some good acting, and nothing else-- it's badly-plotted, badly-directed, badly-shot in places (while, oddly, gorgeous in others), and in desperate need of a script rewrite. It is, for the most part, tasteless in all the wrong ways. All of this is exacerbated, unfortunately, by what might have been.

First off, the good things about this movie. Most of them can be summed up in three words (okay, two words and an initial): David C. Hayes. I'm not sure where McMahon came up with this guy, who's new to me, but a quick IMDB check shows he's been rattling around in horror's bargain basement for about a decade. If his performance here is any indication, I'm going to be hunting down as many of those other films as possible. David C. Hayes will make you want to take a shower after watching this movie. He takes his character, known as Motorman Dan, and makes him such a sleazeball that you'll be Windexing your TV screen to get the scuzz off it. (It probably doesn't help matters that he both looks and sounds like at least three people I have known over the years, all of whom were-- at least, I assume-- not serial killers.) Motorman Dan is a harmless service station owner in the California desert with a tastes for collecting serial killer memorabilia and a fetish for inflatable love dolls. The opening scene of the movie, where we get to know Dan, is perverse in so many ways I'm not even sure where to begin. It does suffer one problem, that it's followed by a scene that should have come before it (the scene immediately following shows where he got the knife he wields in the opening, and reversing the order of those two scenes would have strengthened both considerably; this is one example of the flaws I was talking about above), and so the viewer is a little less disturbed than he would be given a little more disclosure. It does get the point across, though-- this guy is on the edge and ready to snap. He gets the chance when he's involved in a road accident with Ryan (McMahon regular Jose Rosete, who should be familiar to fans of the Quiroz Brothers as well). The only thing Dan's serial killer collection is lacking is a serial killer, so he takes Ryan's broken body back to the service station and, through a mysterious process we see only piecemeal, turns him into a serial killer cyborg.

And pause for a moment here to think about this. How cool could this sequence have been? Here's a creepy guy taking the innocent victim of a car accident and both physically and emotionally destroying him, making him into a bloodthirsty half-machine. Were this a book, we'd spend at least five or six chapters on the transformation. In this movie, we get a few minutes, all from Ryan's perspective (and we know Ryan is drugged during the whole process, as about half the quick cuts here involve Dan holding a hypodermic needle). Did you ever see that Far Side cartoon with the big equation on the chalkboard, and in the center there's a big space that just says "and then a miracle occurs"? That's what this entire scene is.

Once there, the movie devolves into a typical serial killer flick, with hapless, unsuspecting people showing up and getting killed. Here's where some of the great camerawork comes in, as Dan's place is dimly-lit and Ryan's got some nifty light effects built in (though you have to wonder how some of his unsuspecting victims didn't see those lights behind them), so we get a succession of interesting stalking scenes; the problem is there's no bones holding up this skin.

A moderately interesting, if unfulfilling, way to kill an hour and a half. **
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Good 26 Nov 2011
By Ursula K. Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The biggest problem I had with this movie was the quality of the film...I don't know anything about equipment or technical terms, but whatever was used to shoot this movie really cheapened it. The acting was good, the sound wasn't bad (could have had better background music though), and the plot made sense, so I'm giving it four stars because I have realistic expectations of low-budget films.

David Hayes plays Motor Man Dan, who is obviously fixated with violent crimes. His obsession turns into something far more sinister when he uses drugs & mechanical tools to turn a hit-and-run victim into a monster that kills for Dan's pleasure. The "machined" guy happens to have a sister who isn't satisfied with the police investigation regarding her brother's disappearance, and she goes looking for him on her own, which leads to a bloody confrontation with Dan and his new toy.

The character Dan kind of reminded me of a cross between the trucker from Joy Ride, and the craziness in The Devil's Rejects, with violent brutality along the lines of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Next Generation (not the other Chainsaw movies). The cast in general did a good job with their characters, despite the techinical issues.

I have yet to watch the sequel, Reborn.
1.0 out of 5 stars Torture Corn, USA... 28 Jan 2011
By Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Filmed entirely on location in the poorly-lit, filthy garage of the world's most enormous, perverted hillbilly, MACHINED is... well, a catastrophic, cardiac arrest of a film. The aforementioned, monstrously huge gent builds his own murderer (yep, robo-dink) out of spare parts and some guy he runs over w/ his car! Alas, the execution of this idea is nowhere near as good as it might sound. Rather than interesting characters, we are shown several half-wits being chased, caught, and tortured to death by a lumbering kill-droid w/ lights on his head. Meanwhile, the big guy without a shirt watches it all on video, while drooling and scooping out another dollop of his favorite ointment. Lacking any thrills or chills, MACHINED does triumph in the "incredibly large man's impossibly hairy back" department! He's quite a specimen! Ladies?...
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