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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 »

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Fred Olen Ray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Napier ... Det. Ian McLemore
Ann Turkel ... Carla Sandbourn
Bo Svenson ... Capt. Robertson
Ron Glass ... Jerry Merris
Julie Newmar ... Lady Elaine Wentworth
James Booth ... Dr. Forsyth
Norman Burton ... Gen. 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
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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...

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien - O Terror do Espaço See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

The creature is very similar in appearance to the creature in Alien. 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jerry Merris: You know the big brown thing? It's gone.
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Connections

Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

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Extraterrestrial? No man, from outer space!
4 June 2018 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I've never been a fan of Fred Olen Ray, but before he went completely bonkers and started to direct approximately six or seven useless dreck movies per year, he admittedly did make a few worthwhile B-flicks during the 80s. Of those, I firmly believe that "Deep Space" is the most enjoyable one, even though it's another umpteenth and 100% unoriginal imitation of the Ridley Scott classic "Alien". Passable as it may be, "Deep Space" at least guarantees fast-paced action sequences, gooey special effects, (unintentionally) hilarious dialogues and a rare lead performance by Charles Napier as the ultimately tough macho copper. "Deep Space" sees a top-secret space capsule, developed by military scientists and containing an alien monster, crash-landing in the outskirts of a big city. Nihilistic cop Ian Macklemore (Napier) and his partner Jerry are quickly taken off the case, but Macklemore nevertheless managed to steal two rocky cocoons from the crime scene. Pretty soon, he and his female officer date are chasing miniature alien monsters in their apartment, while there's also a mature and deadlier specimen terrorizing the streets. Olen Ray clearly didn't bother to make his monsters look much different than the original designs used in the aforementioned "Alien", except perhaps that the teeth are slightly bigger. I'm surprised this didn't lead to any lawsuits? Never mind the immense plot holes, like how exactly do you create an alien monster and what's the deal with the psychic lady, since Olen Ray compensates these with gory killings and cheesy dialogues (my favorite being: "Is this rock extraterrestrial? No man, it's from outer space!"). Charles Napier is so happy with his heroic role that he even agreed to dress up in a kilt and play a lousy tune on his bag pipes! There are several more familiar faces in "Deep Space", including An Turkel, Norman Burton and Julie Newmar. Bo Svenson also receives top billing, but his role is rather insignificant.


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