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.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Without Warning (1980)

...aka: Alien Encounters
...aka: Alien Shock
...aka: Alien Warning
...aka: It Came Without Warning
...aka: Warning, The

Directed by:
Greydon Clark

An alien has landed on Earth and it’s killing innocent humans. Why, you ask? If you’re looking for a feasible explanation like harvesting humans for food or cleaning off this planet for future alien use, then forget it. Here the big bad bald guy is just looking for a fun time hunting humans to add to his burgeoning trophy collection. Aiding in his sport are hairy, fanged, blood-sucking little parasitic suction-cup Frisbees he flings at victims. I've seen them aptly describe elsewhere as resembling "hairy pizzas." If the plot isn’t enough to get you tuned in, keep in mind it co-stars Jack Palance as a grizzled gas station owner, Cameron Mitchell as a sadistic hunter (in the opening scene) and an out-of-control Martin Landau as a ranting, raving, insane Vietnam vet. David Caruso even pops up in an early role as one of four teenagers being stalked by the alien. It all equals campy, silly fun with fun Greg Cannom make-up FX.
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Tarah Nutter and Christopher S. Nelson star, with Neville Brand, Ralph Meeker, Sue Ann Langdon and Lynn Theel. 7'2" Kevin Peter Hall (who also played the monsters in PREDATOR and its sequel, HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS, MONSTER IN THE CLOSET and others) is the alien.
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Director Clark also made the supernatural drive-in flick SATAN'S CHEERLEADERS (1977), the horror parody WACKO (1983), the atomic killer cat movie UNINVITED (1987) and others.
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Score: 6 out of 10

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