To celebrate the life and work of renowned B-movie director Albert Pyun, we’re screening one of his most beloved films – Cyborg (1991) starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
“I have really no interest in cyborgs. And I’ve never really had any interest in post-apocalyptic stories or settings. It just seemed that those situations presented a way for me to make movies with very little money, and to explore ideas that I really wanted to explore — even if they were [controversial].” – Albert Pyun
Originally conceived as a sequel to Masters of the Universe (1987), Cyborg (1991) came from legendary purveyors of cinematic trash Cannon Films studio. It, as well as a potential Spider-man film (well before Marvel Studios dominated the world), were meant to be shot back-to-back by director Albert Pyun, but due to the studio’s terrible financial decision-making, the superhero project was scrapped.
The poor box office of Masters of the Universe let to the props and costumes being re-tooled for a smaller $500,000 sci-fi action film (the script for which was written by Pyun over a weekend) and saw Van Damme replace Chuck Norris at the 11th hour.
It is the perfect film to showcase Pyun’s legacy – a director that managed to save every penny in order to try and put his unique visions on screen.
In the barbaric, plague-ridden wasteland of the 21st century, a beautiful half-human cyborg carries information that can save civilization. But only the strength and cunning of a lone warrior (JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME) can deliver her –and her vital data from the clutches of the unspeakable Flesh Pirates!
This film and event is certified ’18’. No one younger than 18 will be admitted to the event.
In order to make the event as accessible to as many people as possible, the main feature will be subtitled.
When: 8.00pm (doors open: 7.30pm), Thursday 16th February 2023.
Location: Bristol Improv Theatre, 50 St Paul’s Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP, UK
All tickets : £5 (All profits will go to Bristol Animal Rescue Centre)
“Few genres amuse me more than post-apocalyptic fantasies about supermen fighting for survival. Cyborg is one of the funniest examples of this category, which crosses Escape from New York with The Road Warrior but cheats on the budget.” – Roger Ebert
“I loved all the fake gore. Plenty of decapitated heads on a pole and bodies swinging off chains. Kill or be killed.” – Film Threat
“Where Sergio Leone focused in on squinted eyes and twitchy trigger fingers, Pyun highlights pectorals shivering under rain machines. I’m not complaining.” – Cinapse