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Deep Space (1988)

An American satellite with a new biological weapon gets out of control and crashes onto US territory. A slimy monster emerges and manages to escape, killing everyone who crosses his path. ... See full summary »


Fred Olen Ray




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Napier ... Ian McLemore
Ann Turkel ... Carla Sandbourn
Bo Svenson ... Captain Robertson
Ron Glass ... Jerry Merris
Julie Newmar ... Lady Elaine
James Booth ... Dr. Forsythe
Norman Burton ... General Randolph
Jesse Dabson ... Jason
Elisabeth Brooks ... Mrs. Ridley
Anthony Eisley ... Dr. Rogers
Peter Palmer Peter Palmer ... Pike
Fox Harris Fox Harris ... Prof. Whately
Michael Forest ... Hawkins
William Fair ... Michaelson
Richard Wiley Richard Wiley ... Tech #1


An American satellite with a new biological weapon gets out of control and crashes onto US territory. A slimy monster emerges and manages to escape, killing everyone who crosses his path. Police Lieutenant McLemore gets the job to stop the killing machine. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They created a monster over lunch. Now it's back for dinner...


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

14 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien - O Terror do Espaço See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$1,750,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The creature is very similar in appearance to the creature in Alien (1979). It attacks by grabbing onto the mouth of its victim before entering the victim's body. It bursts out of the chest of the victim. When the creature opens its mouth, another extension comes out of the mouth and opens its mouth. See more »


(at around 55 mins) In the lab, just before the space object is drilled into, the lighting becomes substantially darker in the room between cuts (no doubt to increase the sense of fear), without anything to explain why. See more »


Det. Ian McLemore: Jerry, do you smell something?
Jerry Merris: Ah, smells like the old government cover-up.
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Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

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Julie Newmar gets thanks for everything
2 October 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Fred Olen Ray's "Deep Space" is an obvious "Alien" ripoff. And a fun one at that! When a top-secret military experiment crash-lands and the monster inside goes around killing people, a pair of wisecracking cops (Charles Napier and Ron Glass) take it upon themselves to stop the thing. Totally predictable movie, but it's one that you gotta love. I should note that this flick doesn't contain very many of the things that teenage boys like in horror flicks, but otherwise it's got what you might expect. Basically a series of clichés, but it's a pretty enjoyable flick. Also starring Ann Turkel, Bo Svenson, and even Julie Newmar in a supporting role!* Fred Olen Ray also directed "Teenage Exorcist" and "Evil Toons" (a cross between "The Exorcist" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit").

PS: If you recognize Charles Napier, it's probably because Jonathan Demme frequently casts him, notably as the security guard in "The Silence of the Lambs". He also appeared as the leader of the country-western band in "The Blues Brothers".

*Newmar had previously appeared in the horror flick "Evils of the Night" with Tina Louise. Yes, it was Catwoman meets Ginger Grant.

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