Fun Vocoder mystery tv-film: Have been searching for decades...

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  1. RIP_IMDb

    RIP_IMDb Member: Rank 1

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    I saw this sometime between the years of 1984 and the spring of 93. Most-likely this was 1984 - 7. I believe it was probably brand-new when it aired on network US tv during prime-time. While it could have possibly been a theatrical production its values looked more like a tv production. I remember it having an ultramodern look and feel to it. I'm sure because of the vocoder that it was likely a science-fiction film and might or might not have also been post-apocalyptic. Again, I'm not sure if the chase scene is or isn't from the same feature.

    Two people are being interrogated by a group of people who are all dressed-up and disguised in black and red outfits with hoods and masks. The interrogation scene was done in a dark circular metallic room as I recall. Their leader speaks into a microphone that disguises his voice by using an old vintage classic analog hardware vocoder which makes his voice sound similar to the Cylon Centurions from the original Battlestar Galactica.

    There may or may not also have been a scene involving a pickup being chased by (a) motorcycle/s, or a motorcycle being chased by a pickup. There's a roadway mountain tunnel entrance in this scene.

    Here are the so far discarded answers:

    Starcrossed (1985).

    Thunder Run (1986).

    The Lathe of Heaven (1980).

    The Devil's Rain (1975).

    Welcome to Blood City (1977).

    The Village (2004).

    The Wicker Man (1973).

    'Otherworld' (1985).

    'The Phoenix' (1981).

    Flash Gordon (1980).

    'Jason of Star Command' (1978).

    The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982.

    The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981).

    'Space Academy' (1977).

    'Ark II' (1976).

    'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century' (1979-1).

    The Brotherhood of Satan (1971).

    Tron (1982).

    Logan's Run (1976).

    'Logan's Run' (1977 TV-Series] = .

    The Clonus Horror (1979).

    Land of the Minotaur aka The Devil's Men.

    'Kamen Rider Black' (1987-8).

    The Last Chase (1981).

    Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983).

    1984 (1984) = .

    Race With the Devil (1975).

    Parasite (1982).

    Galaxina (1980).

    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983).

    Yor, the Hunter From the Future.

    Cherry 2000.

    Deathsport.

    'Probe' (1988) = .

    'V' and the rehash.

    'The Avengers' (1961).

    'The New Avengers' (1976).

    'The Prisoner' (1967).

    Zardoz.

    Satanic Rites of Dracula.

    Tales from the Crypt.

    Quintet (1979)= .

    Bloodbath At The House Of Death.

    Star Wars nor sequels or prequels.

    The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension = .

    Invaders from Mars (1986).

    The Star Chamber (1983).

    Brazil.
     
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  2. duzit

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    How about "Stargate" the TV series, not the movie?:cool:
     
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    I like your name...:cool:
     
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    Might be a long shot but I remember a scene in Dune where there is an interrogation.
     
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  5. RIP_IMDb

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    No, someone gave me a link to a clip on YouTube and it wasn't it. But thanks anyway!
     
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    Thanks!!
     
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    RIP_IMDb Member: Rank 1

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    No, that came-out too late. It would've been before May 1993. Most likely the mid or late 80s, but possibly late 70s or early 80s. Not mid 70s or earlier, nor mid 90s or later.
     
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    WOW, you sure have presented us with a real puzzle. Doctor O, our resident movie buff, might give it a go.

    @RIP_IMDb @Doctor Omega
     
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  9. Doctor Omega

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    Thanks Duzit. I saw the opening post some time ago and have been pondering on it since. It has me currently stumped for sure. I immediately considered Hangar 18 and The UFO Incident: The Betty and Barney Hill Story, but, having checked them out, it clearly isn't those two.

    Will keep looking. Hope to turn something up. :emoji_alien:
     
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    Thanks Dr. O. I was hoping you wouldn't mind my volunteering your services...
     
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    Yep, no problem. I enjoy a challenge, though this one is a right brain teaser! Lol. :emoji_alien:
     
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    Thanks you,Doctor OmegaWell-Known Member, but I'm convinced this was some sort of secret-society and/or secret government type of thing. Nothing to do with extraterrestrials nor the supernatural. I believe the couple to probably been caught in some sort of trap, such as a speed trap just for daring to enter into the domain of the vocoder leader and his cohorts.

    Anyway, on the old IMDb thread someone suggested I go through tvtango.com/listings to see if I can find it.
     
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    [​IMG]

    The only thing I can think about is the original Battlestar Galactica.
    As you mention it in your description of the voice I assume you have already checked, though it isn't on your list of shows.
    The Cylon chamber above is what I am thinking of.
    It fulfils a lot of your criteria:
    Red robes, faces like masks
    Dark circular room

    I seem to remember the guy in the chair not always being who it is so perhaps he spoke with a vocoder type voice or when the character took the chair perhaps he disguised it for a bit. (I've not mentioned the character as it is a bit of a spoiler as I remember)

    As for the mountain and the motorcycle. I seem to remember in the Battlestar Galactica movie them using motorcycles to get around.

    It was released before your time frame (78-79 with the revival in 80) so could have been a re-run.
    So I can see 2 possibilities if this was the show:
    1) There is an episode where someone is capture by the Cylons and interrogated in the room above as you remember
    2) That it was one of those opening sequences with a recap that blended together bits, so you see blonde couple, then interrogation room and remember the two occurring together.

    Or it wasn't this show at all.

    At least if not it's 1 down, millions to go :emoji_grimacing:
     
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    No, it's not BSG (1978-9)...but thanks anyway!!
     
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    This sort of sounds like either Japanese tokusatsu (eg Kamen Rider etc) or a US variation (eg Mighty Morphin Power Rangers etc...). Have you browsed their images on Google? Can you recall the ethnicity of the people?
     
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    Minami Kotaro on Kamen Rider Black, 1987
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    General Jark, of the Underground Empire Badan, prepares to fight the two Black Riders. Author Toei Company Season Source Heisei Rider vs. Showa...
     
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    General Jark, of the Underground Empire Badan, prepares to fight the two Black Riders. Author Toei Company Season Source Heisei Rider vs. Showa...[​IMG]
     
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    This is Kamen Rider Black (これが仮面ライダーBLACKだ!! Kore ga Kamen Raidā Burakku da!!) is a TV special introducing Kamen Rider Black. It was aired one week before the first episode.
    Air date September 27, 1987
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    Just keep in mind there were a lot of spin off series and copy-cats to Kamen Rider .
     
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