Inseminoid (aka Horror Planet)
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(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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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When it comes to genre films from the 80s, I have a special place in my heart for sci-fi and horror. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matthew Scott Baker
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 on March 14, 2014 by Alphonse LaTuune
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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 on May 12, 2013 by On the Tardis
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A good low buget movie with Judy Geeson, but a 2.35:1 letterbox is rediculous. Anything with that ratio should be anamorphic. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Pygar
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