Sunday, September 5, 2010
DVD Review: Creature (1985)
“It’s been sleeping peacefully on a moon of Saturn for 2000 centuries …until now!”
RUN TIME: 97 Min.
DIRECTOR: William Malone
CAST: Klaus Kinski, Syan Ivar, Robert Jaffe, Lyman Ward, Wendy Schaal
SYNOPSIS: A group of American scientists are on an archaeology mission to Titan, one of Jupiter’s moons to examine ancient artifacts from an alien civilization. Once there they discover their German counterparts are already on scene. After a botched landing attempt the crew set out to seek assistance from the German explorers. However, a deadly creature is on the loose, killing off the crew one by one.
On a remote and desolate planet a crew arrives to establish communications with a ship they’ve lost contact with. It features a strong female heroine, a douchebag team-leader, and a parasitic alien stalking the doomed crew picking them off one by one, sound familiar? You got it – ALIEN! Not merely content to rip-off ALIEN the film also borrows elements from John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982). If you’re gonna steal, steal from the best, right?
Two space exploring yahoos uncover a capsule housing an alien creature on Titan. They unleash the creature while sitting atop it posing for pictures. It goes mostly downhill from here as a German and then American exploration teams arrive on planet to examine the alien ruins.
DVD: CREATURE has never received a proper DVD release as it fell into the public domain abyss shortly after its release in 1985. Theatrically Creature was displayed in 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio, this Diamond Entertainment release sees the film cropped to 1.33:1 full frame with a shitty transfer, seemingly from a fullscreen VHS source. Pretty terrible image quality, so-so audio and the special features are limited to ‘Original Graphics’ and ‘Biography’. I can’t say that the film merits a deluxe edition DVD, but lesser films have, so why not, right.
VERDICT: Even by the standards of an ALIEN rip-off this is pretty weak sauce. Not a lot to recommend here to be honest. It was a novelty seeing the venerable Klaus Kinski and its chock full o’ schlock, if you love bad movies; here you go, have at it. RATING *1/2 (1.5 out of 5 stars)