Year: 1985

Director: William Malone

Written by: William Malone, Alan Reed

Threat: Alien

Weapon of Choice: Blaster

IMDb page: IMDb link


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Rish's Reviews
This was so out-and-out an Alien ripoff. No if's and's or but's about it, folks. Even the cover. But it was a fairly good Alien ripoff. It combined elements from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, that, for the most part, worked. Odd though, the absurd 'person we forgot about and left for dead pops up and saves the day' ending was used in Star Trek: First Contact, and it didn't bother me there. You know, Ridley Scott shouldn't feel bad that, from Split Second to Alien Contamination to Event Horizon, there have been Alien clones--since the original is still better than all of them. Still, Klaus Kinski has a certain charm, doesn't he? Regardless, this wasn't a salvageable film, and that ending (shudder) saw to that.

The tyranist's thoughts
When people try to rip off Alien or its ancestors, they usually make terrible movies. In fact, I can't think of one rip off Alien that I even kind of like. This particular one, however, is beyond bad. There are numerous plot holes and devices that simply fail. There aren't any sympathetic characters for us to really fear for. The ending is beyond inane. Klaus Kinski is in it.
Basically, I could make a better movie than this using the money and talent they had, and I consider myself to be a pretty poor filmmaker. I will say that they had a few original twists on the theme, but nothing that really wowed me so much that I could forgive the rest of their incompetence.

Total Skulls: 24

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film skull Alien
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skull
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue skull
Bad execution skull
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex skull
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skull
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth skull
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
What the hell? skullskull
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night skull
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Beheading skull
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending skullskull
Unbelievably crappy ending skullskull