Friday, June 5, 2009

Creature (1985)

I wrote this film off on the first watch through as being just a cheap, throwaway rip-off of Alien. After a second viewing, it still is, but I give it much more credit for the ambitious efforts that went into the set design and prop management. A team of scientists are attacked by an alien life form after boarding a rival vessel on a forbidden planet of evil doom. Everything from the alien design to the concept of crew members becoming hosts to the alien organisms is taken liberally and shamelessly from Ridley Scotts far superior film, but one must give William Malone credit for doing what he does best in creating a low-budget / high production value film that comes admirably close to its inspiration for the money and scope of the picture. The acting and dialogue are generic and serve primarily as filler (in fact I dont think I remember a single thing that was said from the entire movie), but the main strengths of this one lie in the visuals. Good miniature work, good costuming, plenty of blood with a few decent FX, and an alien planet that is believable enough. For what it is, the film is better than it should be, but it suffers tremendously from slow pacing and may be a chore to watch for most viewers. Hard core Space Horror and Alien fans should definitely enjoy it!

Rating: 7/10. Budget and design factor largely.
Gore: 5/10.



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3 comments:

  1. I HAD THE FIRST THOUGHT YOU DID JUST A RIP OFF OF ALIEN. BUT I FOUND THIS MOVIE GROWING ON ME EVERYTIME I WATCHED IT, AND I HAVE TO SAY I ENJOYED THIS MOVIE FOR WHAT IT WAS.

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  2. i have this one at the top of my Netfliks queue and it should be here next week. funny thing i rememeber from imdb'ing this movie a couple of weeks ago is the director (Malone) has a huge collection of sci fi movie props. he used a bunch he bought from Forbidden Planet in his movie Creature. so he knows how to stretch a buck.

    though i hardly remember it am hoping to find at least one memorable quote in there somewhere.

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  3. I've always enjoyed this movie. I remember first reading about it in Fangoria back in '84 or '85 when it was called TITAN FIND. Outside of the Alien itself and the setting, I thought the smaller aliens that were used to control the bigger monsters victims was more derivative of IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (which was also remade as ZONTAR, THE THING FROM VENUS) than Ridley Scott's movie.

    The score was good, too and I liked the (mostly) silent woman with the guns (Brice I think was her name) and Klaus Kinski was great fun to watch essentially playing himself in his role.

    Apparently, Kinski was so expensive, Malone could only afford him for a few days and the remainder of his scenes (after he'd been taken over by the creatures) were done with another actor.

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