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Inseminoid (aka Horror Planet) (1982)

Robin Clarke , Jennifer Ashley , Norman J. Warren  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives, Barrie Houghton
  • Directors: Norman J. Warren
  • Writers: Gloria Maley, Nick Maley
  • Producers: David Speechley, Peter M. Schlesinger, Richard Gordon
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Elite Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000I1ZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inseminoid (aka Horror Planet)" on IMDb

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Tower of Evil: A nude crazed woman slaughters a sailor on an island, then is taken back to civilization. An expedition is mounted to explore the island, which leads to a series of psychosexual murders. Inseminoid: A horrorific alien life form is awakened, and it needs the bodies of those who disturbed it...so it can breed!! Horror Hospital: Doc Storm, a crippled demented genius, performs brain surgery on his patients, making them brainless zombies! Curse of the Voodoo: After killing a lion, a big game hunter finds himself cursed by some African lion worshippers. The hunter then must find the witchdoctor and kill him, as the only way to lift the curse.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gore galore in low budget space shocker November 26, 2001
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INSEMINOID

(UK - 1980)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (J-D-C Scope)
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

Whilst exploring a series of caves beneath the surface of the Jupiter moon Xeno, a small team of archeologists accidentally unleash a long-buried alien creature which promptly impregnates one of the female memebers of the crew (Judy Geeson). With the subsequent pregnancy developing at an alarming rate, Geeson is compelled to protect her unborn 'children' from scientific scrutiny and begins to massacre her colleagues, one by one...

Responding to the worldwide appetite for overblown space operas established by STAR WARS in 1977, yet remaining true to his roots as a purveyor of exploitation-horror movies (SATAN'S SLAVE, PREY, etc.), British director Norman J. Warren developed the script for INSEMINOID with writers Nick and Gloria Maley, a team of special effects technicians who were looking for a vehicle in which to showcase their talents. With funding from British and Hong Kong sources, the film went into production at Chislehurst caves (a grim but picturesque location just outside London) shortly after Ridley Scott's ALIEN (1979) wrapped principal photography, though INSEMINOID was completed and released after Scott's film had already debuted, and almost inevitably suffered from less-than-flattering comparisons.

The main problem with INSEMINOID is that the modest £1 million budget undermines its lofty ambitions from the outset, yielding a range of sets, costumes and visual effects which are more reminiscent of "Blake's 7" and "Doctor Who" than STAR WARS, and the cheapskate production values sometimes provoke unintentional laughter.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Alien Who Loved Me February 19, 2004
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In 1979, director Ridley Scott unleashed the film Alien on an unsuspecting viewing public, pretty much making his career as a director. Of all the great things to come from that frightening, entertaining and highly successful movie, sequels, comic books, novels, toys, etc., the one thing he probably didn't foresee was the slew of really poor imitations that were to follow, including, but certainly not limited to, Inseminoid, AKA Horror Planet (1981). Written by Nick and Gloria Maley, Nick being most notable for make up and special effects on such movies as Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, and Gloria's claim to fame being a nominal actress in movies like And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) and Satan's Slave (1976), Inseminoid doesn't look promising. And it isn't. Okay, so who's directing? Norman J. Warren? The same Norman J. Warren who directed Satan's Slave, Alien Prey (1978) and Spaced Out (1979)? Oh man, we're in trouble...

This English production starts out with a view of some planet and voice over talking about various failed expeditions to said planet. There is currently a third one in progress, and we soon get to seen some people in space suits walking around caves. One of the explorers finds a strange looking pod, and it starts to glow, and then explodes. Whoops...some other stuff happens, and the gist of the thing is one of the female crew members gets impregnated (ick) by an alien who we see for like two minutes and then never see again. I know what you're thinking, "Did the alien copulate with the woman?" From the trailer you'd think so, but that wasn't the case. The alien actually sedated the woman and inserted a long, clear, plastic tube between her legs and some gooey, green, lumpy fluid flowed through (double ick).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inseminoid: Not an 'Alien' rip-off, actually.... August 21, 2013
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'Inseminoid' is a low(ish) budget - £1 million - SF exploitation movie filmed shortly after 'Alien', directed by Norman J. Warren, best known previously for 'Satan's Slave' (horror) and 'Prey' (which is also a science fiction film dealing with an extraterrestrial disguised as a human being visiting Earth). It is a competently made picture, with some big name actresses (Judy Geeson and Stephanie Beecham, both of whom had worked for Hammer - amongst other studios - previously). Despite the budgetary restraints, it has some good special effects, some not-so-good special effects, but overall does an effective job as a SF-Horror movie. It has an excellent period synthesizer score common to SF and Horror films at the time (for example the works of John Carpenter) and lots of lively ideas.
The touches of sex and horror are effective and the setting in Chislehurst caves (where the notorious Hellfire Club used to get up to all sorts of naughtiness) work very well as the site of an archeaological dig on an alien moon.

'Inseminoid' has many detractors, who tend to fall into two camps (1) viewers who can't use their imagination and suspend disbelief in the face of less than 100% realistic effects, and/or (2) those who believe the film is a 'rip-off' of 'Alien'.

The first group will never enjoy any SF film that doesn't have a big budget sheen, so in terms of judging well over 90% of SF films made, don't have opinions worth considering, since using their imaginations is a step too far for them. Almost every SF film ever made needs the audience to willingly suspend disbelief and engage with the 'what if?' mindset required to enjoy the genre. If you can't use your imagination and need everything handed to you on a plate, you're doomed to never enjoy most SF.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of a perfectly good DVD disc
Ridiculous premise, not story at all, laughable dialog, aging has-been cast, ... what's not to like? I wouldn't watch it again, mush less buy it!
Published 1 month ago by Alphonse LaTuune
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying for all the wrong reasons. 3%
Before I get this review started, you may know by now that I'm NOT one of these people who thinks that low-budget movies are automatically bad. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Duckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my...
I bought this as a present for my husband. As expected, he loved it. You just can't go wrong with a title like this.
Published 11 months ago by On the Tardis
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage early '80s U.K. sci-fi trash
In the wake of the colossal success of "Star Wars" in the late '70s, by the early 1980s sci-fi films were again a big business, and a new crop of them emerged that combined... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tom P. the Underground Navigator
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT anamorphic. "narrow letterbox"
A good low buget movie with Judy Geeson, but a 2.35:1 letterbox is rediculous. Anything with that ratio should be anamorphic. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Pygar
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a cult classic. Not so bad it's good. Not very gory. Really just...
You may have stumbled across this as Horror Planet. Then it was renamed and issued a new title, not unlike Contamination (not to be confused with Contagion) which was also... Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by John's Horror Corner
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Sci-Fi Gorefest
Apart from its atmospheric use of Britain's Chislehurst Caves and a better-than-necessary cast, "Inseminoid" (1981) takes sci-fi horror to disgusting new lows. Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by Scott T. Rivers
2.0 out of 5 stars "The Inconceivable Is About To Be Conceived!"
"Inseminoid" is a British piece of derivative theater riding on the coat tails of "Alien." Starting with incredibly cheap credits ("Sir Run Run Shaw Presents"... Read more
Published on March 28, 2009 by Robert I. Hedges
4.0 out of 5 stars BABY FOOD...
A group of scientists are exploring the caves of a distant planet when one of their number is attacked and impregnated by a hideous bug monster. Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars In Space No One Can Hear You Scream....In Laughter!!!
This movie was released in the U.S. under the title HORROR PLANET. I remembered it because of the creepy baby alien on the cover. Read more
Published on July 26, 2007 by JMDiablo
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