Cult Movie Essentials

Dollman (1991)

Directed by Albert Pyun, Dollman follows Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson), a rough around the ages cop on the planet Arturos.

Note: This Brick Bardo is no relation to the Brick Bardo is Albert Pyun’s previous movie Bloodmatch.

Opening with a hostage situation that Bardo resolves by humorously entering the laundry, and causing fat women to faint and fall onto the bad guy by threatening to use his gun to blow a hole through them—”the most powerful handgun in the universe.” Instead of being hailed a hero though, Bardo is shouted at by the mayor, who knows of Bardo’s usually violent methods and the fact that Bardo was supposed to be suspended at the time!

The film then cuts to Bardo in his apartment, where a news broadcast implies that Bardo is being framed for the deaths of the hostages in the laundromat, as a setup. Just then, a man begins to fire at Bardo and tells him an “old friend” wishes to see him, before using some device which puts Bardo to sleep. After Bardo wakes up on a desert plain, Sprug (basically a head!)—Bardo’s greatest enemy—says that modern medicine did him wonders, unlike Bardo’s deceased family. Sprug (Frank Collison) tells Bardo he will shoot all his body parts off, just as Bardo did to Sprug before.

The two men with Sprug are about to kill Bardo using Bardo’s own custom Groger Blaster, but Bardo uses a magnetic field in his hand to retrieve his gun and quickly shoots the two henchmen into bloody chunks. One of them is blasted in half, smokes a cigarette and asks what Bardo wants, but he just says “nothing” in a monotone manner before chasing after Sprug. Despite an advertised warning not to enter an energy band (some mysterious glowing lights in space), both Sprug and Bardo go through one such energy band, eventually reaching Earth where they are shrunken to several inches in height…

 

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