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I saw Alien. I loved Alien. Dead Space is no Alien. Take Alien and leave out Sigourney Weaver and other credible actors, remove artful direction by Ridley Scott, eliminate wonderful special effects, extract suspense, banish a sensible, thought-provoking script, exile any kind of passion in the material and you have this mess of a film called Dead Space. What a complete bore! Master thespian Marc Singer stars as the space vigilante out to help a space station in the middle of cheesy special-effects land. Soon due to biological testing, a metamorphic mutant is created to fight disease only it ends up becoming a behemoth of evil trying to kill every person alive. The mutant goes through several excrutiating special effect stages including an adolescent stage where it resembles not a little a mini-Godzilla. The film was a test of my endurance not to fall asleep or fast forward or turn the television off. Roger Corman produced this innate rip-off and he should be ashamed. At least if you are not going to use something original, try and do some justice to your source. The film is so bad that there is even a softcore sex scene which happens in a dream! The only dead space in this film was the 80 minute void that I can never replace! Whew! Bow Wow!
This movie is *not* a rip-off of Alien, it is a scene-by-scene *EXACT* remake of "Forbidden World"(the Roger Corman film, not "Forbidden Planet"). It's the *exact* same movie, line by line, scene by scene. You can verify this for yourself. Watch "Forbidden World" first, then this little stinker. What I don't understand is how someone else can be credited as having written it when it's the exact same movie, scene by scene, line by line. To add insult to injury, the original was better, and yet the original was junk! It played in theatres as a double feature with Roger Corman's better film "Battle Beyond the Stars", from which it borrowed it's space ship(Nestor's ship in the other movie). This movie has always perplexed me, because I don't understand how a different person can legally be credited as being the writer in place of the actual writer. It could be that some sort of copyright ran out or wasn't renewed. This movie is of interest for this one odd circumstance alone, being a 100% clone of another movie, absolutely no original material, yet somehow without crediting the original. If that sort of trivia doesn't interest you then you should watch something better that stands on it's own merits, or at least the original version "Forbidden World".
STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal
Instead*Avoid At All Costs
The plot,as it were,has Marc Singer as a character called Captain Krieger who along with his robot,er,Tinpan (Rodger Hall), zooms about the universe doing not a very lot,it would seem.Until,that is,he answers a distress call from a research facility by the name of Phaebon,where a potentially lethal virus has been discovered.Before long,all manner of hell has broken loose and the virus (that,by the end,has somehow inexplicably taken the form of a giant monster) must be stopped.
Only 70 minutes long.Only 10 characters featured.Yet Dead Space still manages to be a total Dead Zone of a film.
I was enticed to view this very obvious B movie on account of a nice looking cover of a skeleton in a spacesuit.Needless to say,none of the characters featured are ever seen in spacesuits and neither are any of the characters astronauts.Misleading advertising or what?
And the actual film itself is nothing worth watching,despite it's (extremely) compact running time,with it's droll script,bland characters and special effects that could be bettered by the standards of a Wrigley's Spearmint Gum advert.
Tinpan was cool,but that was a robot who belonged in a much better movie.Actually,he's a very,very poor man's C-3PO,but I've got a thing for robots (nothing sexual,but,you know).
12 year old DTV garbage is still garbage.Tinny and one mildly effective jump scene are the only reasons why I feel in any way lucky to have seen what should by rights be in it's DTV grave yard by now.*
So let me get this straight, Roger Corman for reasons only he himself knows decided to remake the film "Forbidden World". Not only did he remake it, he apparently decided to take out most of the nudity, make it less gory and make it a bit more talkative. Why? I am sure everyone out there would like an answer to this, but I am guessing he wanted to make a more serious version or something. This one is basically a lot less fun version, you have Marc Singer and his robot pal going to a planet cause an experiment has gone array. So yes, like "Forbidden World" only with all the fun stripped from it. It was not all bad as there was one rather good jump moment I was not expecting and there was a couple of good gore effects, but overall "Forbidden World" has this one beat in nearly every possible way. I mean the effects were even better in that one, as was the music. In that one it was a really nifty 80's sounding set of tracks while this was very forgettable. Stupid twists and the ending was not as cool either. That and another thing that made this film kind of hard to watch was the fact it featured more creature in the air vent scenes. I have watched a lot of horror movies the past few weeks and this theme is getting old. The monster does not look as good, the robot looks dreadful (though it did not look great in the original) just not enough here. Even the girls were more attractive in the other film. Though this film features one of the most unheroic moments I have ever seen near the end that had me chuckling too. Still, if I did not get this on a double feature set of movies along with "The Terror Within" I would be a bit more ticked off.
If I am to remember correctly this movie is not half bad until the alien
'hatches' then it goes so far downhill it'll make you feel like your on a
One particular point sits in my memory, the 'alien' has just escaped and the scientists need to go to the surface for some reason. They make a big deal about how hostile the surface is and how no one could survive on it, but damn it he has to go out and fight the alien. Then they override the computer and open a hatch to ... the south western US! Now we get to see some dude in a suit walk around for like 5 minutes while they blow smoke infront of the camera to make you feel like your in an alien landscape. I believe you can even spot tire tracks on the ground and a rv in the back ground. Then we get a close up of the actor's face looking surprised, a close up of some purple weird dragon head going 'ROAAR' and then the scene of the dude running back to the hatch.
My friends in I had to break down and start laughing, it was one of the most inexplicatble sequences in film since the burlesque scene in Glenn or Glenda.
The filmmakers apparently had enough money to be able to afford decent makeup effects, but not enough for a creature that would move around and attack convincingly. We never get a chance to see the "monster" move from one place to another - whenever that happens (supposedly), the camera focuses on the "terrified" reactions of the humans that are nearby. And when a man is attacked by it, he simply seems to be holding an inanimate object against himself so that it won't fall to the ground. This is still not the worst "Alien" rip-off around (the two "Xtro" films are even worse, for example); it's actually sufficiently entertaining if you've got 68 (!!) minutes to spare. (*1/2)
Splashy special effects high light this low-budget outing. The film tries hard to be a good ALIEN clone, but given the films budget, it could not be come a terrific movie. If you watch movies to see the monster effects, as I often do, give this a try, or see more successful ALIEN rip-off movies like PITCH BLACK.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A murderous mutant monster runs amok on the research facility Phaebon. It's up to rough'n'tumble trouble shooter Commander Krieger (Marc Singer coasting on thespic automatic pilot) to stop the beast. Sound familiar? Yep, this particular picture is a hopelessly lame'n'tame rehash of "Forbidden World," which in turn was essentially a sleazed-up early 80's drive-in discount version of "Alien." Alas, "Dead Space" crucially lacks the scuzzy verve, slimy content, and sardonic wit that made "Forbidden World" such a trashy treat. Flatly (non)directed by Fred Gallo, with a trite and uninspired by-the-numbers script by Catherine Cyran, a crippling lack of suspense and energy, dim, murky cinematography by Mark Parry, drippy characters, cruddy (less than) special effects, precious little gratuitous female nudity, terrible dialogue ("This thing is tough and adaptable -- and growing at an incredible rate!"), poorly staged monster attack set pieces, a draggy pace, mild gore, a generic hum'n'shiver score by Daniel May, and a limp conclusion, this lead-footed clunker makes for a heavy chore to endure. The cast struggle gamely with the lackluster material: Laura Mae Tate as feisty genetics expert Marissa (who at least bares her nice breasts once), a pre-"Breaking Bad" Bryan Cranston as hard-nosed, terminally ill doctor Darden, Judith Chapman as chilly scientist Stote, Randy Reinholz as craven, wormy jerk Tim, ravishing redhead Lori Lively as perky computer specialist Jill, and Rodger Halston as Krieger's creaky, sharp-tongued robot partner Tinpan all do their proverbial best, but they are fighting a no-win uphill battle all the way. This deadly dull dud earns a point or two for its mercifully brief 72 minute running time, but overall it's still really bad and hence unworthy of your time.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Delta 5 is a disease which has no cure and kills whoever has contracted
it, with spaceman("freelance controller") Marc Singer landing on a
research station containing scientists attempting to find a cure. A
cultured creature(a "metamorphic mutant") breaks loose ala ALIEN and
starts attacking crew members. The creature infects those it slashes
with a flesh-eating virus that ravages the body relatively quickly and
so avoiding it's mandible claws are a must. Singer's guns seem to have
little to no effect on the creature so another method will have to be
discovered pronto or else no one will be able to survive.
DEAD SPACE is umpteenth movie to use BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS footage of battles in space(Singer encounters some "resistance" while answering the distress signal which lands him in hot water)and probably features Roger Corman sets. You have the chest bursting scene where the mutant breaks from it's human shell(the creature, in it's initial infantile form, invaded a victim through the nostril of her nose!) and continues to grow at an alarming rate(examples which mirror ALIEN, also). The uniqueness of this sci-fi horror's creature is that it is a virus which needs to kill because that's what it is designed to do. A virus kills cells and humans, as you know, have plenty of them. It travels through the science installation's vent system and becomes such a nuisance that anyone who has the misfortune of ending up in the same room with it normally doesn't last very long. As other like-minded individuals, I seek after low budget 80's sci-fi creature features, which rip off hits like ALIEN, producing clones on a smaller scale with B-movie casts. DEAD SPACE operates in this fashion which is why I enjoyed it more than the mainstream crowd who would probably find this laughable junk not worthy of their time. Director Fred Gallo shoots around the rubber creature as much a possible, attempting to make it scary, even though the grand reveal(and this is often this case) turns out to be a bit underwhelming. It does allow Singer to play hero, and he gets to show off his muscular physique for the ladies. Singer has a partner in a robot who operates under his command(basically a man with props glued to a uniform)he calls "tinpan".
I am the kind of person who can enjoy a good B Movie if it
has some kind of redeeming value to it, but Dead Space
has nothing to redeem it! This is the kind of film that will
make you frustrated, restless and sick to your stomach.
Bad acting. Lame story. Terrible effects. Horrible, excruciating dialogue. Dead Space has it all!
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