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Creature

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  • Actors: Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, Lyman Ward, Robert Jaffe, Diane Salinger
  • Directors: William Malone
  • Writers: William Malone, Alan Reed
  • Producers: William Malone, Don Stern, Moshe Diamant, Ronnie Hadar, William G. Dunn
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tgg Direct
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVPF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Creature" on IMDb

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on February 2, 2004
Format: DVD
I have never seen a rip-off movie try so hard to be original. Director William Malone sure tries hard, in both his directing and his script, but still fails to show any originality. Everything fromt he female lead to the actual design of the creature itself is a direct steal from Alien. With that said I have to say that Creature is actually one of the better Alien rip-offs that I have seen, and believe me there are plenty of Alien rip-offs out there. Most are very poor (Star Crystal and Dead Space come to mind), and though Creature itself isn't a great film, it actually comes out as one of the better of the bunch. Most of the cast actually try to pull this film off, especially the Stan Ivar and Wendy Schaal, but a few of the cast members come off looking really bad in the acting department. And what about Klaus Kinski? THat man was considered a great actor in his time, so what is he doing in Creature? Whatever the reason, I was still glad to see him and his short but memorable presence brings the film up in quality level. So is Creature a good film? No. Is it cheesy? Yes, though it tries hard not to be. Is it entertaining? You bet. A great midnight film that deserves a proper DVD release. Diamond Entertaiment gives us a nicely priced disc but the picture quality is only slightly better than the original VHS release from Media Home Video. Though the image isn't the best, it is far from unwatchable, and it can make a great entry into any sci-fi fans DVD library.
TRIVIA: THe film ahd a budget of $4 million and was titled The Titan Find in other parts of the world. The special effects crew went on to do the special effects for Aliens a year after working on creature. (I guess Creature was good practice for them)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Swenson on January 17, 2002
Format: DVD
This was a great movie, it deserves a better release. The picture is horrible on this disc. but, if you still want to see it you can get it. I would wait until Anchor bay releases it, if ever. but it still has a great story of sci-fi fantasy throughout.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill W. Dalton on April 20, 2001
Format: DVD
William Malone did everything but star in this movie. He wrote it, he produced it, and he directed it. And it's not bad, either. The cast is good -- Klaus Kinski, as the leering Hofner, who has the hots for the cold, gun-toting security officer Bryce, played by Diane Salinger, and Marie Laurin as the hapless Susan, who has a nifty long nude scene, stand out, but the rest are good enough, too -- and the script has some good lines and chilling scenes. The special effects are perfectly adequate for a modestly budgeted film like this. All in all, not a bad evening's diversion.
And you can't beat the price! You can't expect much in the way of bonus features at this level and you don't get much. Just a 4-Chapter scene access, a list of other Diamond Entertainment features, a little background on the movue, and a mini-biography of Kinski. The image quality on this DVD is pretty good and the sound is OK, although it sometimes overpowers the dialog. Diamond is to be commended for their effort at bringing out these budget editions of some great and not-so-great old movies!
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Format: DVD
IN A NUTSHELL: A 'B' CREATURE FEATURE THAT TRIES VERY HARD TO OVERCOME ITS OWN LACK OF ORIGINALITY

Yes, everyone who has seen this film or is considering viewing it now is familiar with the 'Alien' trilogy. Too bad, because this film would be a decent cheesy 'B' Creature-Feature if the 'Alien' franchise did NOT exist. Since 'Creature' is so reminiscent of 'Alien' a comparison is inevitable. In such a comparison the praise and box-office success that 'Alien' has enjoyed as well as its staying power over the years seems to be justified. Again, that in a way is too bad, because if 'Creature' was not so suggestive of 'Alien' it might be a success as a 'B' Creature-Feature. Recall, 'The Blob', with Steve McQueen, or 'Tremors' with Kevin Bacon. Neither of those films was original, in fact 'Tremors' was so similar to 'Jaws' that its original name was, 'Land Shark', but those films did manage to create an identity of their own and with it some film pathos. An identity and film pathos seems to be what is lacking in 'Creature'. After all, it does have scary moments and the long dramatic climax is rather suspenseful, but somehow a thrilling cinematic experience is never sustained long enough for this film to be memorable. Too bad, since I am a real sucker for this type of film, or rather the type of film that 'Creature' almost was.

William Malone, the Director, also Directed the 1999 remake of, 'The House On Haunted Hill', which gave him the chance to remake something without having to apologize for doing so. Malone also Directed 'The Incredible Hulk Returns', 1988, and 'Scared To Death', 1980.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brendon Spencer on October 22, 2006
Format: DVD
Decent acting, decent script, appalling special effects. I'd have given this little gore fest two stars but for the graces of Klaus Kinski. I loved him here. From his interesting introduction in the film to his glorious ending. Ah well -- if only the rest of it kept pace with him.

OK, we have the ship landing and discovering a wreck. With the wreck are,say, zoo specimens. Since they've been there for a long time you'd think they'd all be dead. Not so. One of the little buggers gets out and begins to rip into the crew. Now there are a few really scary scenes and at least one that will make you shudder: the one where the man calls his mates and tells them all is well, come back, "I want to go home"....the call ends, his head turns and there's an alien leech thing sucking away at the side of his head. Creepy.

In a film of this sort I don't know what can be considered gratuitous when it comes to violence and gore. That is really what this movie is about. It's a horror movie about an alien infesting a crew. On the other hand, there is some really unnecessary nudity. A good looking girl (why is it NEVER a man?) tempts her boyfriend out by appearing completely nude. Why? Theyd been in love. He thought she was dead. ANY appearance by her would have resulted in the same actions by him.

The downfall of the film comes when you can really see the alien. Poorly done by a guy in a monster outfit, very disappointing. (I just saw WAR OF THE WORLDS again and totally admired it's three legged creepies. I wish the alien in CREATURE had been even a quarter as good.) Truly, among all the accusations of Alien ripoffs (and maybe it is) this is not a bad movie. The only thing that really kills it is this lousey monster.

Other than that, it's watchable. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon or snickering at Klaus' lack of respect for any kind of authority.
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