Star Hunter (1996 Video)
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MST3K fans won't want to miss this one.
glad i did watch it today cos i didn't waste my time so much.. this film has uncountable glitches and numerous flaw's and most surprising thing is that they even didn't hide those i mean in other awful movies they actually try to hide mistakes and stuff like that.
Graphic and quality is under any level of mention, when i started to watch i thought that there's a mistake and its not DVD but CD.. after checking i realized its the movie its self so inequality... Special effects are just a joke.. a eye cutting kind of joke.
at first i toughed that 1.5 Eur's for that film is cheap but after watching it i was like god damn why dint i buy 2 beers or pack of smoke instead..
but there's 1 positive thing about my DVD... subtitles were extremely wrong...first 10 minutes it was fun then after 15 minutes it was annoying and after 20 minutes i turned subtitles off.
a real pearl for my B-category crap movies collection.
Film Review: In 1924, Richard Connell wrote a short story called The Most Dangerous Game, which was about a man who was forced to rely on his bare hands & wits while being hunted across an island by a Russian aristocrat who considered hunting humans as the ultimate thrill. The story has since been filmed a large number of times, beginning in 1932. Star Hunter, a cheap science fiction / horror hybrid made in the mid-1990s, takes the story & transplants it into a sci-fi setting (although that was already done by the much superior PREDATOR eight years earlier).
Unlike Predator, which was a combination of The Most Dangerous Game & the classic poem Beowulf, Star Hunter has clearly been construed as a cheap genre flick. The script does have some good ideas, most notable being Roddy McDowall's blind alien who has a collection of human heads in his hideout, as well as a robot which hunts by sensing movement. For a low-budget genre film, Star Hunter is awfully ambitious.
But while it has the occasional good idea, the film suffers from a script that has been written by amateurs. There is no reason why a blind person should take up hunting (the alien's 'blindness' is also suspect since we see him pressing buttons on a hand-held communicator), even an alien (although he could be like the Daredevil). There are plenty of flatly staged shootouts & some painfully poor acting – Roddy McDowall plays his villain's role with as much campiness as he can muster. The robot, when it appears, looks cheap & has only a shotgun for a weapon (the script tries to pass this inadequacy off, by having the alien preferring the native weapons of its prey for a real challenge). There is some comic relief with a pair of cops who are drawn into the game, something that has obviously been inserted into the film to pad out its running time, as well as a couple of scenes involving the parents of one of the teenagers.
As for the action scenes, Star Hunter drops the ball by having the shootouts poorly staged – how can a blind robot use a shotgun? The creature also has a weakness that seems like lazy writing – surely the robot's regeneration system ought to be placed in the robot's body? The film makes a mistake by killing off Zach Ward's stoner – although it makes up for this by having Ward possessed by an alien.
Prolific genre director Fred Olen Ray has had a hand in making this film, using the pseudonym "Sherman Scott" for his work in finishing the production.