Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dead Space (1991) [filmed in 1990]

Directed by:
Fred Gallo

Terrible, nearly line-for-line / scene-for-scene remake of Forbidden World (1982), itself a pretty garden variety Alien wannabe. Basically a cheap waste of time with lousy performances, painfully bad dialogue and recycled Roger Corman factory space effects we've seen used time and time again (some from 1980's Battle Beyond the Stars). I really can't think of anything nice to say about it so we'll make this one short and sweet. Our gruff renegade hero (Marc Singer) boards a spaceship full of male and female scientists. Naturally, a botched experiment creates a fast-growing, bloodthirsty mutant monster that kills people. A sex dream (with Subspecies star Laura Tate) provides the token topless scene and Singer's stupid wisecracking robot sidekick "Tinpan" and the lame monster creation compete for the most pitiful aspects of this boring mess. It's only 70 minutes long, was written by Catherine Cyran (SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 3) and co-stars Bryan Cranston (whose presence is perhaps the only reason anyone would want to check this out nowadays) and Judith Chapman (SCALPEL). Corman was the executive producer. By the way, the cool poster I'm using here is from the French VHS release. We got a boring poster and video box here in America.

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