Twin Films: Movies With Basically The Same Plot Released In The Same Year
The Vindicator | RoboCop — 1986 and 1987
The Vindicator Box Office: 12,000
RoboCop Box Office: $53,424,681
These films are both about men who, after being injured in traumatic accidents, are not left to die but instead turned into half-human, half-robot walking, talking weapons. Superhero cyborgs are nothing new in cinema, but the genre took off with these two concurrent films in the mid-’80s. In RoboCop, a police officer is injured on the job and is used as an excuse to test out some burgeoning robotics technology that turns him into the titular RoboCop. The Vindicator, on the other hand, is about a scientist who nearly dies but is instead reborn as a cyborg. So, yeah, basically the exact same thing. It’s the idea that RoboCop presented that struck a chord with moviegoers, though, and ended up spawning several sequels.