RING OF FIRE II (1993) and my box office piece on the first BLOODFIST (1989), our tales of “The Dragon” have been limited. Just because we’ve been busy, not because we don’t love the man and his direct-to-video filmography. Not only was his work entertaining and prolific, but it is a testament to a completely different time when lower tier stars could be built outside of the studio system. Go ahead – give me the biggest star born exclusively from a Redbox? Exactly.
FUTURE KICK was Wilson’s third feature for his benefactor Roger Corman and his Concorde studios. The first two were the BLOODFIST films and it looks like Corman decided to spice things up a bit with his new leading man. Perhaps hoping to follow the Schwarzenegger pattern, this third film cast Wilson as a cyborg in a sci-fi flick. By the time the filmmakers went into production in September 1990, they also had some healthy dashes of BLADE RUNNER (1982) and TOTAL RECALL (1990) mixed with some rather unhealthy sampling of NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983). The end result is one of the most unique films of Wilson’s “kick you in the face” oeuvre.
publisher is living in that hellhole or they can’t do it via video chat is never explained. He tells Nancy not to use it because it still has some bugs (like a bit where someone rips out your heart), but she just can’t resist and dials up some “Dreamweaver” program. Glad to know the ‘70s are still big in 2025. Once back on Terra soil, Howard meets up with his publisher (who wows him by showing only the fourth known copy of “David Copperfield” in the world) and tells him he has some juicy secrets about the corporation New Body, which, according to commercials, will replace organs for those who can afford it. He tells his friend he is going to get a disc of top secret info and says, “I know this doesn’t make sense, but New Body isn’t science fiction, it’s science fact.” You know what, I’m going to agree with ol’ Howard here – this doesn’t make sense. Why is a VR programmer investigating a parts-for-profit corporation that runs New Los Angeles? (Believe it or not, there is a wonky sort of answer for this in the film’s end.) In addition to corporate espionage, Howard shows he isn’t exactly the doting husband as he hooks up with lady friend Elana (Hayden Conner) to paint the town rosa as they visit some sleazy clubs. In one of them he sees Walker capture a fugitive and figures he is the right man for the job. What job we never know. He gives him half a $50,000 bill and tells him to meet him at his hotel the next day for the other half and his assignment.