Raped by Daniel Emerson, a young man with wealth and influence, poor Gaily Morton is devastated when the courts find him innocent of the crime he committed, thanks to the testimonies of his four friends. Unable to face life with such shame and betrayal, she hurls herself from the top of the courthouse building to her death.
Five years later the five thugs are now partners in a lucrative, and shady as hell, realty company. With strong-arm tactics at their disposal, business has never been better but their luck is about to run out when one by one they mysteriously meet grisly ends. Without any solid leads to go on besides vague descriptions of possible culprits, police Det. Dunn and a determined ex-court reporter lean on the leader of the crew, figuring he has the most to gain by silencing his friends.
The truth is far deadlier, there is one other person that stands to gain something from the gruesome murders, one person with a vendetta that demands satisfaction. Somebody…or something…is coming for Emerson and his crew and anybody else, good or bad, that may stand in the way.
Steel and Lace is, you guessed it, a rape/revenge film but this is no average low budget exploitation film, nope, this here has a CYBORG in it! Forget all those other shitty Terminator rip-off flicks, most claim to have cyborgs but you rarely get a glimpse at their “true” nature, mainly because most of those flicks just don’t have the budget to pull it off. Not this gem though, not only do we get some cyborg action but we get to see inside its head! Awesome! As if a cool ‘borg weren’t enough we also get a few red herrings, some admirable nudity and a surprising amount of gore including death-by-drill, decapitation, a penis blender sequence and more!
We’re not talking a big budget actionfest here but I’ll be damned if this wasn’t entertaining! Also on hand to lend this production a little class were actors David (An American Werewolf in London) Naughton, Bruce (“Harry and the Hendersons”) Davison, Michael (“Fringe”) Cerveris, Stacy (“The Adventures of Superboy”) Haiduk and David L. (“Laverne & Shirley”) Lander. High caliber? No but they all did a great job despite Lander’s way over-the-top scene chewing.
I don’t want to give away too much but the finale was incredibly well executed and completely unexpected, I wanted to stand up and applaud. There aren’t many director’s that would have done what director Farino did, bravo. It’s not a particularly original or complex movie that’s for sure but it has breasts, blood and a bad ass ‘bot, making this worth checking out. I was able to catch this on cable television as there’s no Region 1 (or any region for that matter) DVD release of this so be sure to catch it on Comcast’s Impact On Demand before it’s gone.