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Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Mike Hillary (as Mark Paul Gosselaar)

Douglas O'Keeffe ... Eleven (as Doug O'Keefe)

Ingrid Kavelaars ... Jessica Randall

Andrew Jackson ... Sixty-Six

David Nerman ... Sheriff Jimmy Masterson

Michelle Johnson ... Sarah

Marc Donato ... Mike Hillary - Age 8
Carmelina Lamanna ... Carol Hillary

Mark Lutz ... Blaine Masterson

Grant Nickalls ... Scott

Bryan Thomas ... Manny (as Bryan J. Thomas)
Jared Durand ... James

Robert Weiss ... Deputy Larson
Dennis O'Connor ... Grandpa Vern
Jennifer Higgin ... Grandma June

Kevin Zegers ... Bart
Peter Graham ... Desk Clerk
Tim MacMenamin ... Firefighter #1

Branko Racki ... Firefighter #2 (as Bronco Racki)

John Stoneham Jr. ... Guy in Truck
L.J. Maxwell ... Wristband Voice (voice)

Directed by
John Bradshaw 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Bradshaw 
Sheldon Inkol 
Damian Lee 
Lauren McLaughlin 

Produced by
Richard Babcock .... associate producer
Paul G. Day .... associate producer
Helder Goncalves .... co-producer
Damian Lee .... producer
Jeff Sackman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gowan  (as Lawrence Gowan)
Cinematography by
Russ Goozee  (as Gerald R. Goozee)
Film Editing by
Paul G. Day 
Casting by
Marjorie Lecker 
Production Design by
Tim Boyd 
Art Direction by
Jim Lambie 
Set Decoration by
Glen Atkinson 
Costume Design by
Judith England 
Makeup Department
Traci Loader .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derby Crewe .... second assistant director
Robin Sen .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mary Arthurs .... property master
Sound Department
Jack Buchanan .... sound
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects
Eric Bryson .... utility stunts
Branko Racki .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rusty Deluce .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Harper Forbes .... key grip
Ava Gerlitz .... still photographer
Jim Lambie .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gerry Mendoza .... electrician
Patrick Robinson .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Mitch Lackie .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Gowan .... composer: songs "Love Makes You Believe" and "Holding This Rage"
Other crew
Patricia Joyes .... script supervisor
Hanna Tower .... office production assistant


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Rated R for violence and some nudity
85 min | UK:92 min (DVD)
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R
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Saved by the Fireball., 29 April 2012
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

I deliberately try and opt for a bad movie sometimes, just so that I can rag on it (I find doing so quite therapeutic), and Specimen bore all the hallmarks of a real stinker: a no-name TV director, Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) in the lead, a dreadful DVD cover bearing the lousy tag-line 'Be very quiet... They might want you...'. But although the film is definitely a cheap piece of derivative cheeze, a mish-mash of ideas stolen from 'Firestarter', 'The Terminator' and a whole handful of other sci-fi films, it still managed to be slightly more fun than I had expected.

The film begins with a pre-credits sequence in which a young boy, Mike, somehow unwittingly causes fires in his sleep, resulting in the accidental death of his mother. That boy grows up to be Gosselaar, who—after the death of his grandmother—finds a box of his mother's belongings which leads him to her hometown in search of the identity of his father, and an answer to his uncontrollable pyrokinesis. All of this is handled pretty well by director John Bradshaw, and Gosselaar is actually decent; at this point, Specimen is shaping up to be a surprisingly classy flick.

And then 'The Terminator' arrives—or rather Eleven, an extraterrestrial in human guise (played by Doug O'Keefe, doing his best Schwarzeneggar), arrives—and the film becomes an unintentionally laughable mess. Eleven's mission is to find and destroy Mike, who is an alien/human hybrid, the result of his mother being abducted and impregnated by scientists from another world (and who can blame the naughty ETs? Mike's mother is played by the very probe-worthy Carmelina Lamanna, who flashes full-frontal during some flash-backs), but is thwarted by another alien named Sixty-six who happens to be Mike's father!

Matters get progressively sillier here on in, with the two aliens battling it out with each other while Mike tries to come to terms with his bizarre lineage and the fact that he might not be able to get it on with new girlfriend without causing her third degree burns. Expect a lot of pyrotechnics, a Terminator-style synth score, plenty of dreadful dialogue, no explanation as to why Eleven wants Mike dead, and an open ending that makes one wonder whether this was intended as a pilot for a TV series that (not surprisingly) never happened.

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