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Dark Universe (1993)

On its way back to Earth, the space shuttle Nautilus passes through a cloud of alien spores causing its sole occupant, astronaut Steve Thomas to transform into a blood-thirsty monster. The ... See full summary »

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Steve Latshaw

Writer:

Patrick Moran (as Pat Moran)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Estevez ... Rod Kendrick
Blake Pickett Blake Pickett ... Kim Masters
Laurie Sherman Laurie Sherman ... Judy Lawson (as Cherie Scott)
Bently Tittle Bently Tittle ... Tom Hanning
John Maynard John Maynard ... Frank Norris
Paul Austin Sanders Paul Austin Sanders ... Jack Reese
Patrick Moran Patrick Moran ... Carlson
Tom Ferguson Tom Ferguson ... Denning
Steve Barkett Steve Barkett ... Steve Thomas
Dave 'Squatch' Ward Dave 'Squatch' Ward ... Birdwatcher (as Dave Ward)
Beth McCollister Beth McCollister ... Birdwatcher
Henry Laurence Henry Laurence ... Old Trapper
Frank Peacock Frank Peacock ... Boat Pilot
Grant Austin Waldman Grant Austin Waldman ... Tourist 1
F. Grace O'Hea F. Grace O'Hea ... Tourist 2
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On its way back to Earth, the space shuttle Nautilus passes through a cloud of alien spores causing its sole occupant, astronaut Steve Thomas to transform into a blood-thirsty monster. The shuttle crashes into a swampy region of central Florida, creating a situation which threatens contagion and/or death to all who encounter the shuttle or its mutated pilot. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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One Lean, Mean Slime Machine!

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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color
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The bulk of this film was shot in ten days. See more »

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Near the end of the film, Judy Lawson fires a single-shot flare pistol at the monster. Moments later, she fires a second time with no evidence of having reloaded. See more »

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Edited from The Aftermath (1982) See more »

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Only for the most die hard devotees of schlock.
30 December 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Admittedly, director Steve Latshaws' "Dark Universe" is miles away from being particularly "good", but this viewer found that he himself didn't altogether hate it. It's a passable (if uninspired) story. Its characters and cast are mostly nondescript, and the special effects are variable. They range from slick (the morphing) to incredibly crude (the main monster). The script by co-star Patrick Moran (who plays Carlson) does include some pretty silly lines. But when all was said and done, I did have some fun with this.

Martin Sheens' somewhat less talented brother Joe Estevez plays the owner / operator of a Roger Corman version of N.A.S.A. On its way home, his first spacecraft, the Nautilus, flies through a cloud of alien spores, which infect the astronaut on board (Steve Barkett) and continue to infect Earth life once the ship crashes back onto our planet. A secretive team assigned to investigate the crash hires young Tom Hanning (Bently Tittle) as a guide.

There's enough enjoyably icky stuff to make this amusing for some fans of the genre. The scenes with the monstrous Steve and a mutated armadillo generate only laughter due to the effects being so corny. The movie does have one thing going for it, at least: a decent music score by Jeffrey Walton.

Some of the cast pulled double duty, but the most notable among them is actually a real legend, Florida based exploitation filmmaker William Grefe ("Sting of Death", "Stanley", etc.) who appears briefly as Hannings' father.

Five out of 10.


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