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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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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 peacefully on a moon of Saturn for 2000 centuries ... until now! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 special effects crew that worked here was the same that worked on Aliens (1986) a year later. 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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A bit more genre than the usual Alien/Aliens rip off
10 February 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

This not-very-original sci-fi horror flick pits a mysterious alien with telepathic powers and very sharp teeth recovered from what appears to be an ancient intergalactic zoological collection by a corporate exploration expedition against the expedition's crew. The action takes place on Titan, one of Jupiter's larger moons.

The film starts out relatively strong although the script and directing are more than just a little off throughout the entire experience. A surprisingly well fleshed-out backstory is provided in the first 10-15 minutes of the film. As the crew are, of course, picked off one by one (none of them seem to have much in the way of basic survival training or even instincts), and the audience gets closer to seeing and understanding the alien, things fall apart pretty quickly.

Most of the acting is OK, but a little hamstrung by the weak script and generally poor direction, pacing and editing. Kinski makes the best of his cameo - a very strange role for him for since his enormous personality and screen presence do not fit comfortably into the quirky, somewhat perverse German engineer he plays. And Wendy Schaal does a nice job with her very poorly scripted character.

For the most part, the special effects are good. But the creature itself, who thankfully does not appear until fairly late in the film, is neither freightening nor very aesthetically interesting. There is really no pay-off in the creature's appearance - it's obviously a poorly animated rubber puppet, and some of the melee scenes are actually laughable. More judicious editing and cinematography would have made this a better film, but even with these imrpovements, the derivative plot and poor script would have probably limited its potential to about a 5 in my rating system.


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