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Nightflyers (1987)

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Professor hires a spaceship to get to the source of weird signals from deep space. The trip is cut short however when the ship's computer gets jealous because the captain is in love with one of the female passengers and it gets homicidal.

Director:

Robert Collector (as T.C. Blake)

Writers:

George R.R. Martin (novel), Robert Jaffe (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Miranda Dorlac
Michael Praed ... Royd Eris
John Standing ... Michael D'Brannin
Lisa Blount ... Audrey
Glenn Withrow ... Keelor
James Avery ... Darryl
Helene Udy ... Lilly (as Hélène Udy)
Annabel Brooks Annabel Brooks ... Eliza
Michael Des Barres ... Jon Winderman
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A scientific group set out on a journey into space to find a magical creature. What they find is a killer computer on the ship they chartered. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <glenn@g-world.com>

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Where they're headed isn't the mystery. What's taking them there is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyilkos űrhajó See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$1,149,470
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Production Co:

Vista Organization See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film grossed $1,149,470 when it was released. See more »

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Slightly atmospheric but ultimately poorly done adaptation
24 April 2011 | by chees11See all my reviews

Having recently revisited George RR Martin's haunting and intelligent novella NIghtflyers in his anthology Dreamsongs, I decided to finally put in the effort to find a copy of this mostly unknown film adaptation. I didn't even have to read the few reviews out there to know it most likely was not going to be fantastic; the fact that it has never been released on DVD combined with the author's warning about the quality of this film was enough of a hint towards what to expect. Still, I went in with a open mind and hoped to enjoy a probably mediocre rendition of a great novella. And there were good parts to it; that classic atmosphere of loneliness that only 80's sci-fi seems have to it, aided by a enjoyably camp and moody synthesizer score. And the very few scenes that used dialog lifted straight from George's novel got across a tiny bit of the engrossing story and character of the novella. Other than that, the story and characters get mostly butchered, sad to say. The story becomes both extremely simplified and extremely convoluted, and the strange editing doesn't help. A staggered set-up quickly dissolves from intro into a prolonged climax that takes up the time that could have been used for a proper second act, destroying the chance for any real character to develop. And the films ending itself is perhaps the greatest disservice to the novella it was based on, being mostly non-sensical and maintaining only the smallest resemblance to the original story. So yes, not a great movie by any stretch, not even a good movie. And certainly not a good adaptation. But still, I'm glad I saw it.

Seeing Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince in a space suit made it all worthwhile.


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