|Copyright 1974 Jack H. Harris Enterprises Inc.
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'
- Doolittle - Guy in charge, he's not doing the best of jobs. Burns up trying to surf into a planet's atmosphere.
- Pinback - Bombardier who seems to have a little space madness, at times he claims to be "Bill Freug." Vaporized.
- Boiler - Heavyset blonde guy who likes to play with the laser rifle. Vaporized.
- Talby - Spaced out navigation guy, becomes a "Phoenix Asteroid." (Long story.)
- The Ship's Computer - Pleasant enough, it would just be nice if she wasn't always saying something along the lines of, "You are about to die." Vaporized.
- Commander Powell - Original mission commander who was killed by his chair. (Another long story.) Cryogenically frozen.
- The Alien - It's an orange beach ball with polka dots! Run! Run! Deflated by Pinback.
- Bomb #19 - Happy little planet killer, annihilates himself and the target celestial body with a smile.
- Bomb #20 - Neurotic thermostellar device, finally ends it all. Must have been running Windows...
|John Carpenter's first major (Cough.) film is something to behold my friends, what happens when you try to make a special effects bonanza with $55,000? Violent alien beach balls which hop around, space suits made from household materials, and a poor man's Johnny Cash soundtrack. (Though there are some inklings to the theme for Halloween.) Let's face it though, at one point the crew sits down to a nice dinner which Doolittle identifies as ham. What they unwrap from styrofoam trays covered with aluminum foil is mini Otter Pops. In any case, the ship's mission is to destroy planets that might someday fly out of orbit and endanger colonies. To accomplish this they are adequately stocked with intelligent "Thermostellar Bombs." Unfortunately one of them didn't get enough hugs from mommy and daddy bombs when he was little, soon it is lodged in the bomb bay threatening to go off! Talking to the frozen body of Commander Powell is no good, he exhibits the same mental prowess of most nursing home occupants, so Doolittle dons his suit to go out and reason with Bomb #20. After convincing the wayward nuke that it really should think things over Doolittle goes chasing after Talby, the latter gent having been sucked out the airlock and turned into a spinning model figure. Meanwhile Bomb #20 has started it's own theology, any time a fusion device sayeth, "Let there be light." bad things happen. |
Note: My review is based on the uncut 83 minute version.
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Planet destroying bombs should not have a bubbly personality, it's unnerving.
- The desolate reaches of deep space are reminiscent of Arizona.
- Never put all your toilet paper in one place.
- Sometimes having artificial gravity is a bad thing.
- Morose surfers are depressing.
- Elevators constantly run up and down for no reason.
- Never shoot a balloon with a tranquilizing dart.
- Viewmaster slides make handy computer panels.
- It's rather difficult to reason with a neurotic smart bomb.
- 5 mins - Thank goodness the bomb knows when he is supposed to go off, but does he have to be so happy about it?
- 6 mins - Are they zipping through a globular cluster or something? That's a lot of stars.
- 10 mins - Now we get the credits? Oh heck, the copyright is to a person!
- 18 mins - And so the scene from "Aliens" finds its roots. Come on Cameron, admit it!
- 49 mins - In space no one can hear you eat Otter Pops. Yum!
- 54 mins - Your diary is on 8-track?
- 61 mins - Talby's space suit is made of the following: silver tape, vacuum cleaner hose, a muffin pan, and styrofoam.
- 74 mins - Somebody give that thing the electronic equivalent of Prozac.
- 78 mins - The bomb is quoting Creation, oh that's bad...
- 81 mins - How did he stop that again?
- Mission Control: "Sorry to hear about the radiation leak on the ship, and real sorry to hear about the death of Commander Powell."
- Ship's Computer: "Ship's Computer calling Bomb #20. You're out of the bomb bay again."
Bomb #20: "I received the signal to prepare for a drop again."
Ship's Computer: "But I repeat, this is not a bomb run."
Bomb #20: "Nevertheless, I received the signal."
Ship's Computer: "It is an error."
Bomb #20: "Oh, I don't want to hear that!"
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Doolittle: "Storage Area Nine self destructed last week and destroyed the ship's entire supply of toilet paper."
||Ship's Computer: "Sorry to interrupt your recreation fellows, but it is time for Sergeant Pinback to feed the alien."
||Bomb #20: "Detonation will occur at the programmed time." |
Pinback: "Wouldn't you consider another course of action? For example: just waiting around a while so we can disarm you?"
Bomb #20: "No."
|Theme Song|| Listen to a clip from the soundtrack. |
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|Disciplining a beach ball is silly enough, but Pinback should have kept a better grip on that broom. There is a funny section later when he tries to use a tranquilizing dart on it, the expected result happens (remember, it is a beach ball).
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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jim
One of the few films I can watch again and again
I love the theme music too: "Benson, Arizona" - the music was composed by John Carpenter himself; the lyrics written by Bill Taylor. John Yager sings on the soundtrack, with backup from John Carpenter, Terry Winkless, Tom Wallace and Justice O’Neil.
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Doug Bodden
Uhh, I liked it, but it could have been edited down to about 30 minutes...don't kill me...
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Garrison Hilliard
Am I the only one who knows that the ending of the movie is an almost verbatim rip-off of Ray Bradbury's short story "Kaleidescope" from "The Illustrated Man" ?
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Phritzz
Carpenter Rules!This is one of the greatest,and that beachball alien has more charm and character than a thousand E.Ts... :-)
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jtklove
i saw this movie YEARS ago, but i still remember laughing heartily at the line (and forgive me if this isn't verbatum):
"my rocket pack blew up! oh, man...."
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mut
superb.... remember seeing this on tv aged about 13 and rolling around my bedroom floor in laughter, then discovered a copy at a local yard sale and watched it again aged 30 with the same results. the scene of pinback stuck in the elevator has me in stiches every time. an excellent movie, and proves you don't need a multi-million dollar budget and gigabytes of cgi effects (are you reading this, george lucas??)
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tim Taylor
Cracking site folks. Full of really brilliant stuff about a truly funny movie. Would anyone know the name of the artist who recorded the theme song 'Benson Arizona', or where I could get a copy of the song?
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Priss Asagiri
I know I say this alot but the only way you'll get me to watch this movie would be if it was on Mystery Science Theater 3000. I believe Mike/Joel and the Bots would be the only ones to give this more entertainment for me. I bet they would be just chock full of oneliners for this movie.
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