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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Alien" Knockoff Gem, July 18, 2011
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This review is from: The Terror Within / Dead Space (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (DVD)
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.

TERROR WITHIN

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. The texture resembled what a monstrous desert-dwelling alien's skin/hide would probably look like, making it look too wet would not have been consistent with the climate (after all, desert iguanas and komodo dragons don't exactly have moist-looking skin) and I challenge someone to have made a better-looking "gargoyle" suit at that time.

I wonder if totally fake CGI would have been better lol.

I won't ruin the ending unlike some of the less considerate/intelligent reviewers on here but suffice it to say it was quite satisfying and worth the price paid.

Overall I think Corman flicks are underrated, especially this one. The wonderfully clear and vibrant transfer was a nice touch too, aside from some minor grain/visible particles at times the picture was flawless. Sound was also good and I loved how there wasn't even a layer break throughout this movie (as is a minor yet common annoyance seemingly on dual layer discs in general).

To wrap it up... The rather realistic effects/costumes in this certainly outdo a lot of the overdone CGI trash of today. Plus, like most other 80's movies, this one actually seemed to care about telling (or in this case recreating) a good story instead of just turning a profit in the young teen demographic.

Overall a "B Movie" that is more deserving of "A -" status for the Sci-Fi Horror subgenre.
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