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The movie I'm trying to find the name for is a late 80's Sci-Fi action film that came out before Revenge of the Nerds 2 - so 85-87. It was in theaters during the summer.

In it there is this city that is under constant attack from a neighboring city or civilization of monsters. A young man volunteers to be turned into a cyborg to fight these monsters. He becomes a red and black leather covered cyborg able to change back and forth between human and cyborg.

Humans have been being captured and turned into slaves and mind controlled by a witch with an eye in the palm of her hand. At one point the hero is thrown or jumps into a pit only to transform and catch himself with a grappling hook from his cyborg arm, then jumping back out to kick butt.

Can anyone identify this movie?

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There is a very similar question here where the answer seems to be Infra-man although it was released in 1975.

I agree with Andrew, that really does sound like Infra-Man, the character She-Demon has eyes in the palms of her clawed hands, and they do brainwash some of the good guys. Great costumed/kaiju flick with all the elements that make this genre so fun to watch. Despite losing the widescreen format of the recent DVD release "The Super Inframan", the VHS "Infra-Man" version has some of the most hilariously enthusiastic dubbing I've ever heard. All the mutants have great over the top voices, and who could ever forget a villainess like Princess Dragon Mom.

Its possible this could have been shown in some theaters as a revival in '87, but the original was definitely put out in 1975.

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There's nothing specific in the trailer that matches, but does this look what you're looking for?

One possibility is that you were watching a 1987 episode of Siskel and Ebert's Guilty Pleasures. They did mention Infra-Man in that year.

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