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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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MVYUSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Screamers: The Hunting" on IMDb

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"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

Product Description

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?

Customer Reviews

Cheap and not too creative.
G. Teslovich
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.
Amazon Customer
.......At this idiotic mess of a movie.
Robert F. Powers

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. A Huffman on February 14, 2009
Format: DVD
"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 By E. Beckstrom on September 14, 2009
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ace on May 7, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 21, 2010
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winford R. Williams on January 24, 2010
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This film is not as good as the first Sceamers movie by far, but it's just kinda cool, to see the Sceamer universe continue, I just wish that Peter Weller's character didn't die at the end of the last fime, so that he could have been in this one as well as the girl who played has daughter, she was an Ok actress, and kinda cute, but the film just needed some better story telling, better direction, and perhaps some better acting by some of its cast.
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