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Gory and Boring.

1/10
Author: junk-monkey (liam@merriol.freeserve.co.uk) from Highlands of Scotland
7 April 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Gory Italian Alien knock-off which combines exploding bodies with total tedium in equal amounts.

This film does however contain a couple of moments of interest: Italian films have long suffered the problem of bad dubbing - by which I mean after the film has been completed, English speaking actors spend hours in a recording studio re-voicing the dialogue and trying to get their phrasing and speech patterns to match the mouth movements of actors on screen. The director here neatly sidesteps this perennial problem by casting a British actor as one of his leads, getting the other two (Italian) leads to deliver their dialogue in English and then have them voiced over by Americans but - most brilliantly of all - at every possible occasion, by having any and all of his characters donning gas masks, bio-hazard suits, space-suits, helmets left over from a Captain Nemo movie... in fact ANYTHING that could cover the actor's mouths. It's a hell of a lot easier to drop dialogue onto a soundtrack if you completely obscure the mouth of the person who is supposed to be doing the talking.

Unfortunately however, when the English speaking actors came to do the voice overs, someone decided for purposes of authenticity, in a moment of sheer movie making genius, that they should sound like they were wearing masks. Presumably gas masks were doled out in the studio and the actors delivered their lines while wearing them - thus, at a stroke, reducing great swathes of dialogue to inaudible fuzzy mumbles. Incredible. Though, given the quality of the dialogue that WAS audible, no great loss.

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