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(M.A.R.K. 13/
Genetic Warrior/
M.A.R.K. 13: Hardware)


Directed by:  Richard Stanley

VHS Information
HBO Video
Back of Box:
In this action-packed thriller set in the near future, earth has become a brutal, dehumanized planet where radiation and pollution have taken over from nature.  On leave from the combat zone, Mo turns up the broken pieces of an android combat machine and gives them as a decorative gift to his girlfriend Jill.  Little do they realize that Mark 13 - the most destructive droid of its kind - is still capable of action.  Its aim is simple: to kill, destroy and dismember anything that gets in its way.  Late at night, the killing machine reassembles itself and begins its task, wreaking havoc and destruction, starting with Jill's neighbor, then targeting Jill herself.  The body count rises as Mark 13 sweeps through the apartment and Mo attempts to save Jill from the bloody onslaught.  When the machine gets its sharp metallic talons in Mo's flesh it could be the end.  Will man triumph over machine...or does the triumph belong to the creation of man?

Rated:  R

Run Time:  94 Minutes 

Cast List
Dylan McDermott...Mo
Stacey Travis...Jill
John Lynch...Shades
William Hootkins...Lincoln
Iggy Pop...Angry Bob
Carl McCoy...Nomad
Mark Northover...Alvy
Paul McKenzie...Vernon
Lemmy...Taxi Driver
Mac Macdonald...Newscaster
Chris McHallem...Premier Goelgakof
Barbara Yu Ling...Chinese Mother
Oscar James...Chief
Arnold Lee...Chinese Family
Susie Ng...Chinese Family
Fred Leeown...Chinese Family
Mimi Cheung...Chinese Family
Sebastian Chee...Chinese Family
  • Filming Location(s):  London, England and Morocco. 
  • Alternate Tagline(s)It Activates, It Exhilarates...It Exterminates, You Can't Stop Progress, and Welcome To The 21st Century!
  • Based on a story called Shok which appeared in the magazine 2000AD.
  • The film started with an X-rating, but a little trimming to the extreme violence and sex gave the film an R-rating.
  • Richard Stanley originally wanted Bill Paxton as Moses and Jeffery Combs as Shades.  Paxton liked the script, but neither Miramax nor Palace Pictures knew anything about him and they never even bothered to contact him.  Combs couldn't be cast because British union rules only allowed them to hire two Americans.
  • The nomad who unearths the Mark-13 is played by Carl McCoy, lead singer of the goth rock band, Fields of Nephilim.
  • Richard Stanley wrote a sequel called Hardware II: Ground Zero, but never got the project off the ground.
  • The taxi driver is none other than Lemmy from Motörhead and the song he plays for Moses and Shades is, of course, Motörhead.
  • William Hootkins improvised a lot of the foulest and most obscene lines for his character, Lincoln.
  • Paul McKenzie's, Vernon's, death in the script was way more graphic than the version that shows up in the film.  In fact, there was another whole scene based on his character dying, but due to time constraints they had to kill him off earlier.


  • The video Jill watches while she's sculpting is Gwar, but the music playing is "Stigmata" by Ministry.

Personal History

  • Took this film from one of my best friends after I fell in love after my initial viewing.
  • The best friend I'm referring to got this film as the result of a I'm pretty sure she doesn't care all that much.
  • The first robot "slasher" I've ever seen...It makes me want to see Chopping Mall.

Don't Move, Don't Breathe, and Whatever You Do...DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU!