Director Duncan Gibbins had his film career cut tragically short by the devastating 1993 Southern California wildfires. He was trying to save his cat from the blaze and he unfortunately didn’t make it out alive. His death feels like more of a bummer after watching the new Blu-ray of Eve of Destruction, Gibbins’ 1991 sci-fi thriller. It’s a damn good movie that shows tremendous promise for a music video director transitioning onto the big screen. There’s some really well-crafted suspense and a pitch perfect performance from Gregory Hines, a man known more for his tap dancing than roles in action flicks. And now Scream Factory has rescued Eve of Destruction from the DVD bargain bin and given it a sharp (albeit bare bones) Blu-ray release.
Hines stars as Colonel Jim McQuade, a hotshot sharpshooter who’s pulled from hostage situation training and given a drastically more urgent assignment. A secret government female terminator known as Eve VIII has gone haywire and McQuade must shut her down (shoot her in the face) before she goes nuclear. I mean literally nuclear – besides being a super strong invincible killing machine she’s also a two-legged nuclear bomb (in heels!). READ MORE