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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Creature (1985)

In the future...everyone has 1980's hair styles.  Oh, the horror of it all.  Who knew there was time for big hair and blush in outer space.  The only thing that is missing is big shoulder pads in the astronaut's uniforms.  Creature is a poor man's Alien (1979).  From the Miami Vice color palate of the space ship control panel to the synth-driven soundtrack, Creature is definitely a product of its time.  At one point in the film one of the ship's crew says alarmingly, "Are we all gonna die?"  My only reply was, "I sure hope so...and quickly is preferable."

Creature suffers from bad dialogue and weird moments such as a nude scene on the planet's surface as well as the appearance of Klaus Kinski [Nosferatu the Vampyre, Crawlspace] who seems completely out of place in this movie.  Kinski is actually a welcome surprise since much of the acting is uninspired.  Kinksi brings the strange[always] so at least there's something interesting to watch.

Director William Malone [House on Haunted Hill remake, FeardotCom] wisely keeps the lights down low because there's not much to look at: just a bunch of astronauts with illuminated helmets walking back and forth with guns in their hands.  This is not the gorgeously constructed space world of Ridley Scott in Alien and Prometheus (2012).  This is the Wal-mart version of the future.  My favorite scene in this regard is when one of the astronauts gets stuck in a set of elevator-style doors while the Creature is chasing her.  You can clearly see the doors wiggling a bit thus betraying their flimsy construction.

I could go on but why bother.  This one is a red hot space mess.  Stick with the classics that are reviewed elsewhere on my site.


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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