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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Def-Con 4 (1983)

...aka: Defense Condition 4

Directed by:
Paul Donovan

Bleak sci-fi begins with three astronauts (Tim Choate, Kate Lynch and Maury Chaykin) who are forced to crashland on post-nuke earth after a nuclear holocaust. Much of the population has been wiped out, but those who remain are either savage mutant cannibals (who are first seen carving meat slices off of a severed leg) or unbelievably sadistic cretins who imprison innocent people in a slave camp and are led by a fascist Hitler clone (Kevin King). Some of the special effects (especially the space scenes at the beginning) are good, the cast try their best and a couple of interesting things happen, but overall this is grim, dull and just extremely, needlessly unpleasant. Recommend only to those who enjoy people wallowing around in their own filth. The director also scripted and the cast includes Lenore Zann and John Walsch.

Score: 3.5 out of 10

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