Dead Space

Dead Space ★★½

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I kinda like this dismissible flick, which steals half its material from Alien, and half from the (quite good) Alien ripoff Forbidden World (aka Subject 20, aka Mutant); it also features some special effects shots taken from Battle Beyond the Stars, as is typical with Roger Corman joints. Very low budget and hastily made, it plays at times like a high school theater production of those films (and come to think of it, it’s a shame that the Max Fischer Players didn’t do Aliens). The result is choppily edited but always beautifully lit—it’s a pretty moody film—and features performances by Bryan Cranston (who gets his head bitten off), Marc Singer, and the luminous Laura Mae Tate, who starred in the first Subspecies. Here, her character seduces Singer’s Han Solo-like roguish captain in a dream, which hints at a deeper, more interesting plot that sadly never comes to fruition.

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