Sunday, October 13, 2013

Screamers (1995)

Director: Christian Duguay

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Dan O'Bannon, Miguel Tejada-Flores

Composer: Normand Corbeil

Starring: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer, Charles Edwin Powell, Ron White, Michael Caloz, Liliana Komorowska, Jason Cavalier, Leni Parker, Sylvain Masse, Bruce Boa, Tom Berry, Henry Ramer

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The silence of space is about to be shattered.

Plot: (SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only -- to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man's greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc's decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Neat.  I like surprises like this one.  You go in expecting low budget sci-fi crap and you come out the other end with a grin on your face having had a great time.  I should have known this would have been better than expected since Dan "ALIEN (1979)" O'Bannon co-wrote the screenplay.

Considering this is a B-movie it's got some great special effects.

I'm a sucker for matte paintings...

and stop motion!

Not to mention that there's some good action and suspense with a good ending.  I'm really impressed.

1 comment:

  1. The best horror flick is The Wizard of Gore (1970)! An HGL classic, but make sure you have a brown paper bag handy.