On planet Xarbia, an experimental life form, Subject 20, has been created by an elite group of researchers in hopes of preventing a galactic food crisis. However, when Subject 20 becomes deadly, the best troubleshooter in the Galaxy is called in to investigate. Written by
Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).
During a certain screening, Roger Corman actually smacked an audience member upside the head for laughing at the film. When Roger left the theater, the guy he punched poured soda all over his head from the balcony. See more »
[Colby is awaken from his hibernation by his android pilot SAM-104]
Where are we?
Beta zone. There's a pack of food raiders on our tail, sir.
My hands... are numb.
Concentrate sir, they're closing in!
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Well, it's not exactly "Alien" (but then "Alien" didn't have a shower scene with Dawn Dunlap. . .)
Producer Roger Corman was kind of like the Italians in his propensity for doing low-budget knock-offs of Hollywood hits. But one kind of film neither he nor the Italians (I saw this back-to-back with the similar Italian movie "Escape from Galaxy 3") probably should have attempted were these sci-fi extravaganzas. This movie is less notorious than Corman's previous space film "Galaxy of Terror" (where a female character is raped by a huge, slimy space worm and Erin "Happy Days" Moran's head explodes), but it's about the same quality.
Corman probably should have, at least, stuck to ripping off EITHER "Star Wars" or "Alien", but instead he wastes most of his meager budget in a pointless and risible spaceship battle scene at the beginning before settling into a fairly creative "Alien"-type story where a space crew in a remote outpost are menaced by a horrible creature. But the twist is it's not an alien, but a spontaneously mutating monster they created in a misbegotten experiment to deal with a food shortage back on Earth.
Jesse Vint is kind of an odd leading man for one of these kind of movies as he's mostly famous for 70's "hicksploitation" films like "Macon County Line" and "Black Oak Conspiracy". My favorite performances though come about an hour in when June Chadwick (as a scientist) and Dawn Dunlap (as a lab technician) take a shower together for some reason. This is a scene that was definitely missing from "Alien" (at no point did Sigourney Weaver and Veronica Cartwright take a shower together). Dunlap is especially appealing in this movie, even when she's not taking a shower (or otherwise getting naked). She's wasn't much of an actress, but in her short career she managed to work with both Roger Corman and the French photographer/director/pervert David Hamilton (she appeared as the title character in his notorious nubile nudie movie "Laura" when she was all of about 17). She's a few years older here, and, oh man, is she cute!.. But where was I? Yeah, this is OK I guess. It's definitely not "Alien", but. . .
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