SOLD OUT: ROBOT JOX (1987) – 10th June, The Grain Barge

What if the world’s superpowers solved their disputes with giant games of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots? Welcome to Robot Jox!

Robot Jox poster

You know the story behind a film is going to be great when it was released in 1990, filmed in 1987, yet looks like it was made in the late 1970s.

Perhaps that is why Robot Jox has developed such a cult following over the years – because everything about it is so wrong, yet oh-so-right.

From robots with giant phallic chainsaws between their legs, to cliched characters called Tex (because they’re Texan), everything about this post-apocalyptic sci-fi actioner is overblown. However that doesn’t stop the film from being thoroughly enjoyable, especially when it comes to the excellent stop motion animation in the robot fight scenes.

Robot Jox fight

The story behind the film’s production is one where everything that could have possibly gone wrong did go wrong. From the writer and director falling out, to sandstorms, flooding and storms destroying the sets – it’s amazing the film was ever finished.

It finally was and gone on to have a massive effect on pop culture. From midnight screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse to clear influences of Pacific Rim, it is a film that once you watch it, you’ll never forget it!

When: 8.00pm, 10 June 2015

Location: Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Road, Bristol BS8 4RU


All profits to Empire Fighting Chance

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories.

“It’s like a Paul Verhoeven movie… but without the satire.” RedLetterMedia’s Best of the Worst

“It’s quintessentially so-bad-it’s-good.” Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“This is – by and large – irredeemably ridiculous.” David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews