One of the female scientists gets raped in one of the least convincing scenes in movie history and becomes pregnant and possessed. In France it reached number 7, and in America it was listed as one of the top ten best films by the Los Angeles Times. These foolish characters are plain boring, with nothing to like about them. Well, I've waited many years to see this Movie. I just think everything deserves a chance. Midlands in March of 1981, eventually reaching London screens by that fall.
As the plot winds down, the unpossessed astronauts kidnap the twin mutant alien babies while the remainder of the cast goes after Sandy, who is also now a vampire of sorts though in an unusual twist on the Dracula myth, she seems to prefer to chew on the intestines and legs. I remember being scared as hell by this film and thinking it was so bloody and repulsive. Warren was never going to be another Pete Walker, but he wasn't another Andy Milligan either. It just wasn't shown as much throughout the entire movie as I would have liked. Robin Clarke, on the other hand, is merely mediocre and woefully lacking in anything resembling charisma.
There are plenty of murders and a fair bit of cannibalism so it's never boring. And I got so bored staring down Judy Geeson's mouth as she screams, moans, mugs, and grimaces her way through her part that I started to count her fillings. This one is set in space and boy they do not really follow science at all in this one. Honestly, I don't know, the similarities begin and end with both films containing an alien, and both films have penetration of a human by said alien. Gee, I can just imagine how tame and weak the cut version must feel, because it relies on its unpleasant and shocking effects to entertained, because the story is well been done before, but better and the acting is reasonably lifeless in giving dud performances. The team will have a hard time surviving. Alas, this is where the novelisation falls drastically short.
Meanwhile Kate encounters Ricky, legs it back to the airlock and — confronted by him — kills him with some sort of spear gun. Sex is also a very big topic of the plot, with any excuse for lavishing in the couplings of the characters quite literally jumped upon. She reckons that there is a 60% safety level. As the amount of survivors dwindles, those that are left try to eliminate the crazed Sandy. I meant rolling around on the ground. The acting from the mostly British cast is generally pretty good, with familiar faces like Stephanie Beacham and Victoria Tennant. Overall stolidly done, especially the lighting composition amongst the caves with it generating a neat hyper colour scheme.
Okay yeah, I'll admit it's bad. Camera-work was steadily achieved with some nice tight nit angles and shots, but too it would be all over the place. While the bulk of resembles a haunted house stalk and slash only with a big fucking monstrous alien instead of some off-screen maniac , its setup is one of the most squirm-inducing instances of body horror ever crafted. The crystals have some form of energy emission and seem to be glowing as Ricky tosses and turns in bed. The father alien somewhat reminded me of a caterpillar! Of course she ends up giving birth While wearing a pair of designer jeans I might add in one of the caverns.
There is a cold, distanced and documentary like method to the storytelling that leaves very little need for deconstruction -- what you see on the screen is pretty much what you get. Read the novelisation by Larry Miller, which was fairly gripping for pulp sci-fi horror. Potter gives a commanding performance as the insane Stephen, Gough brings a gravitas to the role of the Uncle and Glendenning is charming as Catherine, showing vulnerability and believability in her performance. Meanwhile Ricky gets himself out of bed and starts suiting up to leave the base, saying that he is going to find Dean who is back in the base, of course. While exploring the tombs, astronauts find a gross mass which attacks them. We also get two brief featurettes, one being John Scott commenting on his score and the other featuring a conversation with Judy Geeson.
They are removed, quarantined and sent for testing. The best thing I can say about this film is that it has moments of inspired screaming and also, it is oddly comforting to know that far into the future, we will still use plastic milk crates like I did in college for furniture and storage. It's a classic demonic possession plot, where a nice girl is turned nasty by an alien intelligence, and then people get 'hurt'. It's not that I hate it, but from a couple of scenes I saw on the making-of featurette, Norman. They hatch a plan to escape but Stephen finds out and murders Frances, leaving Catherine to face the inevitable ritual. The killings are well orchestrated, however in the special effects department this film is really lacking. Worry not — we can explain everything.