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Dark Universe (1993)

On its way back to Earth, the space shuttle Nautilus passes through a cloud of alien spores causing its sole occupant, astronaut Steve Thomas to transform into a blood-thirsty monster. The ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Kendrick
Blake Pickett ...
Kim Masters
Laurie Sherman ...
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Tom Hanning
John Maynard ...
Frank Norris
Paul Austin Sanders ...
Jack Reese
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Tom Ferguson ...
Steve Barkett ...
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On its way back to Earth, the space shuttle Nautilus passes through a cloud of alien spores causing its sole occupant, astronaut Steve Thomas to transform into a blood-thirsty monster. The shuttle crashes into a swampy region of central Florida, creating a situation which threatens contagion and/or death to all who encounter the shuttle or its mutated pilot. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »




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29 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Steve Latshaw didn't have to pay any money for the use of the airboat. See more »


Near the end of the film, Judy Lawson fires a single-shot flare pistol at the monster. Moments later, she fires a second time with no evidence of having reloaded. See more »


Edited from The Aftermath (1982) See more »

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Really Bad But Has a Campy Moment or Two
6 March 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dark Universe (1993)

* (out of 4)

Silly direct-to-video release about a space shuttle on its way back to Earth but it runs into an issue and crashes in the Everglades. The one astronaut on board turns into a murderous monster and it's just in time for a reporter, a swamp guide and others to come wondering out there. DARK UNIVERSE is a really, really bad movie but thankfully there are some pretty campy moments that make it worth watching for those who enjoy sitting through awful movies. If you're looking for any type of story, acting, directing or heartbreaking drama then you're going to be highly disappointed. There's really nothing "good" going on with this film but there are a few funny moments and it's too bad there weren't more of these. If I had to shine a spotlight on a highlight it would probably be the monster outfit. It's a clear rip-off of ALIEN and it's a wonder that the filmmakers here weren't sued because the similarities are incredibly strong. I did like the monster enough even though there were times where it seemed like it had no mobility to move around or do anything. The black tar look isn't the most original out there but it did lead to a couple good and gory kill scenes. The rest of the film is pretty much flat, boring and lifeless. Joe Estevez has a brief role as the guy leading up the space mission but even he can't save this thing. The rest of the performers aren't the greatest in the world but they're pretty much what you expect in a movie like this. At least a couple of them got naked. DARK UNIVERSE certainly isn't a movie that's going to appeal to many as most are going to hate it with a passion. If you like ultra low-budget, bad movies then you might want to give it a rental.

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