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Screamers: The Hunting (2009)

Gina Holden , Jana Pallaske , Sheldon Wilson  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gina Holden, Jana Pallaske, Lance Henriksen, Greg Bryk, Christopher Redman
  • Directors: Sheldon Wilson
  • Writers: Miguel Tejada-Flores, Philip K. Dick, Tom Berry
  • Producers: Antony I. Ginnane, Charles W. Fries, Gordon Yang, Josée Bernard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Inspired by a short story by visionary author Philip K. Dick, SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING is a mind-shattering sequel to the legendary sci-fi cult thriller! It's been thirteen years since the robotic killing machines known as Screamers destroyed the human population of Sirius 6B. But now a distress signal brings a team of rescuers to the supposedly abandoned planet. Can it be a long-lost colony of human survivors? Or have the Screamers evolved into something even more sinister...half-man/half-machine hybrids that need to escape Sirius 6B to finish their mission: the complete annihilation of the human race?

"Now now, there's no need for violence." These words are spoken far too late in Screamers: The Hunting to make a difference. This sci-fi flick wastes no time in building up a high body count, thanks to an energetic approach to gore and a few creative ways of splitting bodies in two. A sequel to the 1996 Screamers, which itself was based on a Philip K. Dick story, Screamers: The Hunting proves that almost any minor action picture can merit a direct-to-DVD sequel. A dozen years have passed since the events of the first film, and a space mission is dispatched to planet Sirius 6B, supposedly to pick up any surviving humans before the entire planet is torched. Unfortunately, the planet's killer robots, thought to be wiped out, have demonstrated a pesky survival sense, and a disconcerting talent for repairing and reconfiguring themselves. This does not bode well for the visiting astronauts--call it Saving Private Ryan meets Tremors. The cast includes Gina Holden (in the Ripley role), sultry foreign offering Jana Pallaske, and the venerable genre mainstay Lance Henriksen, who instantly raises the movie's cred by a hundred percent. While director Sheldon Wilson proves himself a mean propagator of gnarly action sequences, his ability to recognize bad dialogue, or to instruct actors in the proper way to deliver said dialogue, is nil. But dialogue is probably not the point here--unless you're talking about someone standing in the desert, firing a gun at a homicidal robot burrowing through the sand, and shouting, "Screamer!" Which happens a lot. --Robert Horton

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gory Slasher Flick, With Sci-Fi Trappings February 14, 2009
"Inspired by a short story by visionary author Philip K. Dick" - Only if he was on a bad acid trip when he wrote the story. I recommend that people should read the original short story, its very good.

Anyway, this film is the sequel to the decent "Screamers" film, in which Peter Weller stars as a soldier trapped on a planet filled with "crazy killer robots" that dice people up like, well, homicidal robots. The plot twist is that the murderous machines are mutating, becoming more human. Yup, the sequel is another a crazy killer robot film. This time a bunch of victims, er, soldiers land on the planet in response to a distress signal. Chop, chop, chop...

For gore fans, there are many scenes where people get torn up by the crazy killer robots. The rescue team makes the usual stupid mistakes that are typical for films of this type and are soon on the run from the C.K.R. There is a plot twist, not a very clever one, and Lance Hendricksen shows up for some reason near the end (I guess Peter Weller was busy).

Screamers The Hunting is just what you think it is - a direct to video horror film. Similar in quality to the Starship Troopers sequels, this film is not horrible but don't expect much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SCI-FI GORE FEST! May 7, 2009
By Ace
This is a decent Sci-Fi Gore-Fest that while extremely derivative, is able to keep one's attention. Other reviewers have provided a plot synopsis, so I shall keep this one short. SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING, blends elements from; the ALIEN quadrilogy, PHANTASM and the TERMINATOR franchise, to name a few. While the viewer is keenly aware of this mix, the film proved to be entertaining with its blend of explicit gore and Sci-Fi action. Yes, Gore Hounds take note, as this second helping dishes it out in fine form. Two decapitations are witnessed within the first six and a half minutes, (the credits are still rolling), while other assorted coring, slicing and dicing, weave their way through the film, (as well as through many of the actors). Veteran Lance Henrickson who unfortunately played only a minor role, supported a competent cast who played it straight. The SFX are surprisingly well done and keep the project rolling with a reasonable budget feel until its predictable end. On that note I must say that we have seen all of this before and there are NO surprises here, save for the credible and refreshing effects work which detail bio-mechanical organisms that hunt humans! There are also those seemingly obligatory plot holes that pervade such films & keep us up at night asking "why"???... Nonetheless, many Gore Hounds will want this for their DVD library not only for its splatter appeal, but also for the welcome change that the Sci-Fi setting provided for the carnage that ensued. A fair to good outing, just don't expect anything too cerebral. Worth giving it a spin, especially if blood n' guts is your "thing"! A comfortable **1/2 to *** Stars effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable time-passer. September 14, 2009
Enjoyable time-passer. If you have watched a lot of lower budget sci-fi, you know where they can go wrong and what the decent ones tend to do right. This movie generally gets it right. While it is not as good as the first Screamers, it still has very good special effects, decent acting, and lots of action. There is nothing new here, though, in terms of the first movie - no big twists, no new information is revealed about the Screamers. I can't say I loved the ending, but no doubt some will like how it sets up the inevitable Part III. (Note: If you plan to watch Screamers II because of Lance Henriksen's presence, be aware that he is, disappointingly, only in the flick for about ten minutes.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you don't ask for much February 21, 2010
An abandoned mining colony (on another planet) has sent out an SOS. Could it be that someone or group has survived the disaster there? The disaster of robots gone homicidal? The crew of a rescue ship have 6 days to do a find and rescue before the planet is destroyed by an impending meteor strike.

If you are a Philip K. Dick fan you will want to see this sequel to the original film "Screamers," an adaptation of one of his stories, just so you can say that you've seen 'em all, but otherwise there isn't much merit to this film, unless you really enjoy decapitations and general blood soakings. Whenever someone stuck out his/her head we all ducked and made "Ewwww" noises.

But, I have to say that my family thought it was an OK way to pass the evening. What did we expect? We had seen the original screamers and actually liked it. The combination of PKD and Peter Weller was irresistible. Weller always brings a certain edginess to his characters; a certain hint of depths, much to his credit. There were a few interesting cast moments in this sequel, but mostly we just passed the time trying to identify who was fulfilling which cliche role (i.e., expendible, whiner, hero, etc).

Having said all that, we have seen so many movies of this kind that didn't even have a plot that could be followed, and we could follow this storyline just fine. So that is a plus.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars YOU'LL SCREAM ALLRIGHT.......... April 14, 2009
.......At this idiotic mess of a movie. "Screamers-The Hunting" is the long awaited sequel to the original 1996 "Screamers". The wait wasn't long enough. Essentially just an excuse to show how many ways the screamers,small robotic buzzsaws, can cut,hack and mutilate anything in its path. The plot such as it is involves a distress signal from planet Sirius 6b. I thought Sirius was where Howard Stern broadcasts from. To add to the merriment a meteor storm is heading to Sirius in 6 days to obliterate the planet. In spite of the planets impending doom a group of astro-nuts(misspelled on purpose)head to the doomed planet to investigate the distress signal. Several in the party are slaughtered almost immediately and the rest head back to their ship to leave. Too late, the screamers have emptied their fuel cells. So they venture out again looking for fuel cells on a seemingly empty planet except for the buzzsaws. To cut to the chase they end up in a cave where they meet up with a group of "survivors" and blah blah blah, but they learn the screamers have evolved into even human form. One of the "survivors" attracts the attention of one of the astro-nuts and soon they find a grotto in the cave where they make love. Hmmmm--remember the screamers can pass as human-hmmmm-wonder if this is going to lead to a surprise ending? Hmmmm-I don't want to insert a spoiler here but just imagine--everyone else eventually gets hacked-up and only the love-making duo escape just as the meteor shower hits the planet. After 45 days in hibernation the female realizes she is about to give birth and her companion, the daddy, is a SCREAMER. GASP! The End.

The movie is not boring but the bottom line is-it sucks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 22 days ago by norma jean kringer
2.0 out of 5 stars Eeeeeeeewwww!
Loved the first movie. This one is just crap. I give it points for over-the-top gore and good ol' Lance but otherwise, the plot was weak, the rookie actors (I'll be nice) did their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by retrothingr8
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It was a good movie, not as good as the first one.but i still enjoyed it definitly worth watching. :}
Published 10 months ago by 20 Words or less
2.0 out of 5 stars kinda takky and predictable, ending real bad
its like they didnt know what to do with what they had

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the cybernetic bots run wild always begs the question: why??? Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!
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Published 14 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars The old wild west meets star trek type.
Girls in combat yee' ha.
Needs more action.

Needs better special effects.
Needs a bit more dramaand suspense,seemed a little dry.
Published 22 months ago by Metalpilot and other materials as Well
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat of a let down after the original Screamers
I have long been a fan of the original with Peter Weller but this sequel lacked much of the punch and dynamics of the original - I watched it and almost regretted buying it,... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Daniel J Gallagher
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiosk Rating <1
(1.) Loaded with bad science, bad acting, bad dialogue, bad or stereotyped CGI and modeling. Didn't I see that space craft at my toy store with the same blue light LED propulsion. Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by G. Teslovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Screamers The Hunting a waste of time and money.
Very poor. The original Screamers is great. Forget this one. I would not recommend Screamers The Hunting to anyone I like.
Published on December 20, 2011 by trustme
3.0 out of 5 stars better then expected
better then i thought it would be, if you like screamers you will at least want to watch this, of course its not as good as the first, but still a watchable movie. Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Jeffrey mr. video
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