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The Terror Within / Dead Space (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)

George Kennedy , Marc Singer , Thierry Notz , Fred Gallo  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Kennedy, Marc Singer, Bryan Cranston
  • Directors: Thierry Notz, Fred Gallo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XL6EIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features


• New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1)

• Audio Commentary With Coproducer Rodman Flender

• Trailers


• Audio Commentary With Director Fred Gallo

• Trailers

Editorial Reviews

A Terrifying Double Feature Of Creature Frights!

In the aftermath of a chemically induced plague that wipes out most of the world, the only survivors are a small group of scientists trapped in a laboratory 500 feet below the ground in the Mojave Desert. But they are not alone. The Terror Within stars Academy Award winner George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke), Andrew Stevens (The Fury) and Terri Treas (The Nest).

Phaebon had been thought to be a safe and controlled research facility until a distress signal calls for Commander Kreiger (Marc Singer) and his robot Tinpan. Together, they try to save the planet from a spreading virus and an odd and growing cocoon in Dead Space, a loose remake of Forbidden World. Also starring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Laura Tate.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Monster Double Bill November 25, 2010
The folks at Shout! Factory are still on a roll with the latest "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" Double Feature: THE TERROR WITHIN (1989) and DEAD SPACE (1991). This time they've paired a couple of Corman's later entries in the ALIEN/S sci-fi horror sweepstakes, one of which is an unabashed remake of the producer's own FORBIDDEN WORLD.

THE TERROR WITHIN is the better of the two monstrously derivative features on the disc, and stars George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreef and Terri Treas. In the aftermath of some sort of biological apocalypse (referred to as "The Accident") five scientists and a couple of engineers huddle in an underground complex somewhere in the Mojave Desert (represented by Vasquez Rocks and Bronson Canyon), making only rare forays out into the plague-ravaged world, which is inhabited by mutated man-beasts they call "gargoyles." After they bring a female human survivor into the complex, it is discovered that she is pregnant with a gargoyle fetus. When they attempt to abort it, it bursts from her womb and escapes into the ventilation system, where, in a matter of hours, it grows to full maturity. Now there's a man-eating/woman-raping terror within their walls, and they must find a way to hunt it down and kill it if anyone is going to survive.

Screenwriter Thomas Cleaver's script is an shameless retread of ALIEN, set in a bunker rather than on a spaceship, but otherwise pretty much on target - right down to the characterizations of the two engineers, who act exactly like Yaphett Koto and Harry Dean Stanton in the template film. Still, director Thierry Notz keeps things moving at a good pace, the acting is generally better than average for a flick like this, and the monsters, while a little goofy, are pretty decent man-in-suit creations.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A little slab of late 80s/early 90s Corman for ya here. In The Terror Within, a group of survivors live in an underground lab after the decimation of the world's population due to a virus. Nasty creatures called "gargoyles" roam around topside, and one of them gets into the lab when a pregnant woman(pregnant with monster of course) is rescued and brought back. The monster picks off our crew of scientists(hot women and George Kennedy) and military-type folk until it faces off with everyone's favorite Night Eyes pervert, Andrew Stevens!
Not a single original bone in it's body(even the characters are modeled after ones from Alien), yet it manages to be quite entertaining. More entertaining than it has any right to be. The monster helps, as it's a nasty brute that just doesn't want to die.
Unfortunately The Terror Within is the highlight of the disc as Dead Space isn't all that great. It's not terrible, it's watchable enough, but nothing to really write home about. In this movie, the Beastmaster himself, Marc Singer, is an intergalactic butt kicker who's summoned with his robot buddy(named Tinpan) to a space lab where an experiment has got loose and is eating every scientist in the lab(the women are hot of course). Singer gets lays a Beastmaster-type whooping on the creature. Sound familiar? That's coz this is the exact same plot as Corman's early 80s monster flick, Forbidden World(also put out by Shout! Factory). This remake doesn't have the gore, nudity or schlock appeal of that earlier film. I love Marc Singer, and to me he is the only saving grace of the film, it's too bad he wasn't in the original Forbidden World-that woulda been awesome.
The dvd is rather bare bones-a few trailers and a commentary on Dead Space if you really care enough about the film to hear it. I might one of these days just out of curiosity.
Not the best of the Corman DVDs, but it makes for a good Saturday at 2 in the morning with a beer and some leftover Chinese food.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Alien" Knockoff Gem July 18, 2011
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This review is solely for "Terror Within". I didn't bother to watch the second movie "Dead Space" so I can't really comment on it.


This film can pretty accurately be described as an "Alien" knockoff in terms of plot, but is a very good movie for its genre nonetheless.

The two best things this film had going for it were the surprisingly good special effects and the successful building of suspense at certain parts (especially towards the end). Several of the characters also seemed to have genuine concern/empathy for one another as opposed to other "disposable crew" type films. I attribute this to the fact that they had to live/survive with the help of one another underground perpetually as opposed to just being a rag tag crew who barely knew each other, only assembled for a temporary mission. The last remaining characters in particular seemed to genuinely care for one another's safety (despite the survival of each being crucial to the other).

The main "monster" (or as I should say "gargoyle") is definitely frightening looking, most notably at first. Though its monstrous alien appearance remains quite menacing throughout. The way the monster moved and reacted seemed quite organic as well, but did not give away that it was a costume. I hate when the actual actor's neck or some other body part is showing through (like in one scene in Mutations which ruined that otherwise good creepy movie for me). Some moron on IMDB claimed that the monster's costume looked "rubbery", but I disagree.
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