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Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990)

An alien "policeman" arrives on Earth to apprehend a renegade of his own race who impregnates a woman with a potentially destructive mutant embryo.

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Damian Lee

Writer:

Damian Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Ventura ... Abraxas
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Secundus (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)
Damian Lee ... Dar
Jerry Levitan ... Hite
Marjorie Bransfield Marjorie Bransfield ... Sonia Murray
Ken Quinn Ken Quinn ... Carl
Marilyn Lightstone ... Abraxas' Answer Box (voice)
Moses Znaimer Moses Znaimer ... Secundus' Answer Box (voice)
Robert Nasmith Robert Nasmith ... Sonia's Father
Kris Michaels Kris Michaels ... Sonia's Mother
Layne Coleman Layne Coleman ... Registry Clerk
Francis Mitchell Francis Mitchell ... Thomas D. Murray
Sonja Belliveau Sonja Belliveau ... Doctor
Jim Belushi ... Principal Latimer
Erica Heenan Erica Heenan ... School Secretary
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An alien "policeman" arrives on Earth to apprehend a renegade of his own race who impregnates a woman with a potentially destructive mutant embryo. Written by N.X.K. <emegas@vecanti.org>

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An adventure across time and space.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Thornbury, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Jesse Ventura shaved off his mustache for the film. See more »

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Five-year-old Tommy runs from the fire in the abandoned building. However, the person running is a grown man, covering his face. See more »

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[Abraxas is sitting in bed, bare-chested, when Tommy walks in]
Abraxas: Hello. I suppose you're not tired. Do you want to sit up here with me? I'll tell you a story. It's about two men who were partners.
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Film was edited of a topless dance scene to get a "PG-13" rating instead of an "R". See more »

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Silent Night
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber (uncredited) and Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
Performed by The Leahy Family
(Christy, Julie, Denise, Stephanie, Deanne, Maria Frank, Agnes, Douglas, Erin, Angus)
Arrangement by Julia Leahy
Courtesy of Frontier Records and BMG Music Canada
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Keep a straight-face.
30 September 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Anything starring ex-wrestler / former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura gotta be worth your weight in gold. After appearing as support in such films 'Predator', 'The Running Man and 'Ricochet', his first leading role happens to be in something rather lesser; 'Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe'. It's a low-rent, corny b-grade sci-fi chase get-up in the form of those efforts done in the late 80s / early 90s ('The Hidden', 'The Peacekeeper' and 'Dark Angel') with certain elements of 'The Terminator' (1984) obviously featuring.

Abraxas, an alien officer comes to earth to track down a renegade who plans to impregnate a woman with a child, which would be an actual ticking time bomb waiting to explode if caught in the wrong hands. He captures the renegade, but is too late to stop the pregnancy. Instead of destroying the threat, he spares the mother and baby's life. Times passes and the renegade escapes and heads back to earth to find the child, but Abraxas is soon on his trail by trying to get to the child first.

It's best that you just go with the flow. Don't look too hard into it, as it won't be impossible to get some sort enjoyment out of it with its unintentional mocking and bizarre nature (like the birth scene). Ventura rocks, but something about his burly physic not matching up to his well-mannered delivery of the material raises some chuckles with his almost-like second-rate Terminator impression. At times the chewy dialogues (honestly it was Shakespeare stuff) seemed too much of a mouth-fall for the two outer-space guests. A robotic Sven-Ole Thorsen forcefully played the evil foe, but Ventura has an sincerely likable air to him that makes him rather appealing in the role. Marjorie Bransfield is decent in her part. Also appearing in very minor support is James Belushi (who has a ridiculous conversation with Bransfield's character) and the dependable Michael Copeman.

Damien Lee (b-grade actor/writer/director) manages to make the production look better technically than its budget would allow. Sure the minimal special effects and (out of place slow-motion) action set-pieces are low-scale, but modestly crafted. It's well-photographed and the soundtrack is a flavoured sample of swiftly soothing jazz (odd I know) and electrifying rock. The flabby script is constantly stiff drivel and the screenplay while focused is still quite pedestrian (with a meandering midsection), but whenever Ventura's narrative voice-over pops up it amuses. The supposed humour on the other hand, (which the script tries for in parts) is dumb and falls flat, because they're not the moments you'll laugh at. Talk about a dud of an ending.

Undistinguishable, but better than expected camp that has some heart.


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