Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Inseminoid (1981)

AKA: Horror Planet

Director: Norman J. Warren

Writers: Nick Maley, Gloria Maley

Composer: John Scott

Starring: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives, Barrie Houghton, Rosalind Lloyd, Victoria Tennant, Trevor Thomas, Heather Wright, David Baxt, Dominic Jephcott, John Segal, Kevin O'Shea, Robert Pugh, Judy Geeson, Nick Maley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Somewhere in the Depth of Space ... A Horrific Nightmare is About to Become a Reality.

Plot:  A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

I love ALIEN (1979) clones but the problem with them is they're usually really, really bad.  I doubt we'll ever see one that approaches the original in any area. Surprise, surprise.  This one's not bad.  The acting and dialogue are so awful sometimes that it's so-bad-it's-good.  I'm certain there's a good drinking game to be found in here somewhere. The American actors (especially the lead actress...I think it's the girl that plays Holly (Ashley)) are inferior to the British ones.  The Brits tap dance around the Yanks like mad.  They've got skills.  The line readings from the lead American broad has some laughably bad ones.  It's great.  But we're not watching this for the overblown acting.  Nope.  We're watching it because we want to see the money shot, the insemination from alien to human!

The picture doesn't stray too far from ALIEN's story except for some minor details like it's a woman instead of a man that the alien is gestating in and it's the pregger mom to be that's going around and killing off the crew one by one instead of a badass alien.  But hey, they've got a fraction of the budget to work with.  What they do with it is pretty damn impressive. The atmosphere is good and the special effects and gore effects are pretty good.  But make no mistake, it clearly doesn't look or feel like a bigger budgeted, major release.  The one area that I would have like some money spent on is John Scott's score. I really dig this guy's orchestral work but the cheap synthesizer sound keeps the picture from elevating beyond what it is.  This is the kind of flick that's good to watch with a group and have fun with.  It's not a start to finish funfest but there are some unintentional laughs with the acting and dialogue and lots of neat things along the way to entertain you.

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