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Creature (1985)

An expedition to Titan uncovers an alien being, that goes on a rampage.

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William Malone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Ivar ... Mike Davison
Wendy Schaal ... Beth Sladen
Lyman Ward ... David Perkins
Robert Jaffe ... Jon Fennel
Diane Salinger ... Melanie Bryce
Annette McCarthy ... Dr. Wendy H. Oliver
Marie Laurin ... Susan Delambre
Klaus Kinski ... Hans Rudy Hofner
John Stinson John Stinson ... Astronaut #1
Jim McKeny ... Astronaut #2
Buckley Norris ... Concord technician #1
Michael Griswold Michael Griswold ... Concord Technician #2
David Moses David Moses ... Mission Coordinator
Earle Dugan Earle Dugan ... Technician
Thomas C. James Thomas C. James ... Technician
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Storyline

A crew of scientists arrives on a far, cold planet to examine archaic artifacts of unknown origin. They discover that their German enemies already have a ship there. When they seek their help after a failed landing, they only find the Germans' bodies, obviously slaughtered by one of the archaic creatures, awoken to new life. Now the alien is after them. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's Been Sleeping For 2000 Years, Until Now. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Titan Find See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$811,243, 8 May 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,782,000, 24 September 1985
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie was titled "The Titan Find" in other parts of the world. See more »

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The captain's name is Davison, but Wendy Schaal's character Sladen calls him "Davidson" about 75 minutes in, just after they electrocute the creature. See more »

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Hans Rudy Hofner: We found... a child's butterfly collection... but some of zees butterflies... were not too friendly...
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You don't have to be original to amuse.
7 November 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

If a film that gets trashed for ripping off 'Alien' (some around that period unfairly got lumped in that rip-off category, than really just riding on the back of it success), I always see this one being mentioned and to make matters worse it also got labelled as crappy b-grade hokum. Hey I can't deny some similarities (mainly the look of the alien) and routine structure, but I thought it was agreeably fun and soundly made feature that used its budget restraints to good use. It even manages to incorporate a 'few' unique novelties, like that of victims being transformed in to parasite-infected zombies to do the bidding of its alien guest. Um, has something like this been done before?

The film looks cheap, but director William Malone (hey I might like 'Scared to Death (1982)' more) does a commendably steady job of getting plenty of moody atmospherics from the confined low-budget sets (which is murkily photographed) and enough gory splatter to keep our minds at rest. Plus at an added bonus you get the flamboyant Klaus Kinski making a scene. Who knew watching someone munching a sandwich could be so mesmerizing. A small and unusual appearance, but what a scene it was. The rest of the performances end up being stiff, but there's the familiar faces of the credible Lyman Ward and Diane Salinger. Wendy Schaal makes for a wholesome leading girl.

The premise had something good to work with, but the script (with numerous references) is a turgidly silly mess and the real sore point. It really does go on to peter out with the main interest losing out the further along it goes, as you know every single step before it hit's the screen. Despite some nasty cracks and paranoid spells, the latter half just seems to get bogged down in some banal patches. Some of the make-up FX/special effects stand-up for what it had, but the alien costume isn't all that convincing that when it figures in its full glory. You can see why it mostly stays hidden in the dark up until then.

Accessible, but strictly fundamental none-the-same.


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