Director: Tony Maylam
Written by: Gary Scott Thompson
Weapon of Choice: Claws
Based upon: Original
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Rish Outfield's reviews
So it's England of the near future, flooded, and over-run with rats and crime. Tough cop Rutger Hauer is after a serial killer (the one that killed his partner and best friend) who turns out to be not of this earth.
Although I had seen all of this stuff before, I couldn't help but enjoy this movie. It is done well, with style and affection, and it's one of those films where you can tell the makers are having fun.
Unlike most Horror or Action movies, this one spent a lot of time working on characterization. I don't know if it had anything to do with it, but I actually found Kim Cattrall pretty attractive this time out. What this film focuses on most of all is Hauer's character, his motivations, his overpowering drive, his gruff character. Even though he was grouchy, dirty, and unpleasant, and we never fully understand him, we like him anyway, and root for his success. And that works in an action movie not concerned with explosions or Bond-like thrills. This was also a dialogue-heavy film, but good because of it. The wet, grey English locale was nice. There was a lot of humour from start to finish, even though the story was a serious one, and it worked well.
And Rutger Hauer is cool.
I'd Recommend It To: All cop/horror/action movie fans.
Note: This was another of those countless films where the monster is revealed on the box art, but not seen until the climax of the film. Man, I hate that.
The tyranist's thoughts
I like the horror and I like the sci-fi so naturally movies that fall into the sci-fi horror sub-genre tend to draw me in. This one was no different. I found that from the beginning I was enjoying myself and really liking the movie. Unfortunately, that didn't last the whole way through, but the last few minutes are forgettable enough that I would probably watch this one again and enjoy it the same way.
If you happen to rent this one, take a good look at the box because that you will see more of the monster there than in the film. Not that it needed more attention. I found the monster to be half-cool, half lame and generally poorly explained within the context of the movie. Since it was really character driven, though, this didn't hurt the movie a bit.
Rutger Hauer is as good as ever almost reminding me of his Blade Runner days. Kim Cattrall is young and good-looking. I don't know that I've seen a movie she made in that particular phase of her career that I didn't like her in. It was only later when she got a role on that HBO Sarah Jessica Parker vehicle that I started to find her unattractive. Alas.
As sci-fi horror flicks go, this one is at the better end of the middle of the pack. I really enjoyed it and hope to enjoy it again someday. The one problem I had with it was at the end and even that really didn't destroy the movie. This one is easy to overlook and is more likely to be in the science fiction section of your local video emporium, but check it out if you can find it.
Total Skulls: 15
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|x years before/later|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood hits camera|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|