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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Spaceship (1981)

...aka: Creature Wasn't Nice, The
...aka: Naked Space

Directed by:
Bruce Kimmel

There were way too many stupid horror parodies made in the early 80s and here's another one to stick on the list-to-avoid along with SATURDAY THE 14TH (1981), WACKO (1981), PANDEMONIUM (1982), NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CLASS REUNION (1982), STUDENT BODIES (1982) and HYSTERICAL (1983). Intended as a parody of ALIEN-style movies in the AIRPLANE mold; this features deadpan genius Leslie Nielsen (spectacularly unfunny here... too bad) as the brain damaged captain of a toy spaceship that picks up a malicious alien visitor. Crazed scientist Dr. Stark (Patrick Macnee) tries to protect a creature that is so cruel it subjects us to a song entitled, "I Want To Eat Your Face," which is incidentally the only dumb laugh I got out of this lifeless parody. In fact, the five-minute-long diner scene from SPACEBALLS has more laughs than this entire feature, which I don't recall ever being out of on DVD (though it has popped up on the tube from time to time). Bruce Kimmel is the one to blame, since he directed, wrote, co-stars and provides the singing voice of the monster.
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Also in the cast are Gerrit Graham (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE), Paul Brinegar (1958's HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER), Peter DuPre (EYES OF A STRANGER), Jed Mills, Robert Dryer and Cindy Williams (of Laverne and Shirley TV fame) in the Sigourney Weaver role. It was shot in 1981 but not released until 1983.

Score: 2 out of 10

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I worked a day on the set of this film. Macnee and Nielsen were decent guys. Alex Rocco visited that day. He was nice too, and was on another stage on the same lot working on The Entity. One of the most unpleasant days of my life, though.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I'm sure an unpleasant day was worth it to meet Nielsen and Macnee. I wouldn't mind hearing more of that story...

Anonymous said...

Looong story, lol, mostly not for public consumption!

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