|Riffed by||Mystery Science Theater 3000|
|Riffers||Mike Nelson, Tom Servo played by Kevin Murphy, Crow T. Robot played by Bill Corbett|
|Date Released||April 25, 1999 (MST3K), November 16, 2015 (RiffTrax)|
Future War is a 1997 direct-to-video American science fiction film about an escaped human slave fleeing his cyborg masters and seeking refuge on Earth. It was riffed by Mystery Science Theater 3000 and aired on the Sci-Fi Channel in April 1999. It was added to the RiffTrax library in November 2015 as an entry in the "MST3K Monday" series.
Synopsis and PreviewEdit[Spoilers Begin]
(Spoilers Begin) Future War begins aboard a spaceship undergoing a revolt. A man enters and activates an escape pod which travels to Earth and crashes into the Pacific Ocean. The pod contains “The Runaway,” a human slave played by Daniel Bernhardt. He is being pursued by cyborg slavers and dinosaurs that they use as “trackers.” Since he was kidnapped some time from Earth’s past, the Runaway is familiar with the English language and the King James Bible and he regards Earth as a literal heaven.
The Runaway finds refuge with novice nun Sister Ann (Travis Brooks Stewart), whose past involved dealing drugs and prostitution. Together, they fight the dinosaurs and their robotic masters, seeking help from a street gang. Future War features star Daniel Bernhardt’s kickboxing skills in several fight sequences, including against the Cyborg Master (Robert Z'Dar).
After being arrested as a suspect in a rash of deaths due to strange animal attacks, The Runaway is interrogated by federal agents. They present to him a dinosaur collar found on the beach. The Cyborg Master, breaks into the police station during the interrogation and the Runaway manages to escape in the confusion. He returns to Sister Ann and her gang friends with a plan to attack the dinosaurs where they live, as Runaway simply explains, "Near water...".
Using dynamite, Runaway successfully destroys a water treatment plant, killing the dinosaurs. Later, though, the surviving Cyborg Master attacks Runaway while he watches Sister Ann make her vows to become a nun. After Runaway finally kills the Cyborg Master, he becomes a counselor for runaway teens, working closely with Sister Ann.
Cast and CrewEdit
- Daniel Bernhardt as The Runaway
- Travis Brooks Stewart as Sister Ann
- Robert Z’Dar as Cyborg Master
- Mel Novak as SWAT Leader
- Forrest J Ackerman as Park Victim