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.