BIOHAZARD (1985) Reviews and overview

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Biohazard-1985

‘Sense it. Feel it. Fear it. Be very afraid.’
Biohazard is a 1985 American science fiction horror film produced, written and directed by Fred Olen Ray (Scalps; Evil ToonsSuper Shark; plus many more), with additional dialogue by T.L. Lankford and Miriam L. Preissel.

The Viking Films International production stars Aldo Ray (Bog; Don’t Go Near the Park; Star Slammer/Prisoner Ship), Angelique Pettyjohn (Mad Doctor of Blood Island), William Fair, David O’Hara, Frank McDonald, Art Payton, Charles Roth, Carroll Borland (Mark of the Vampire) and Richard Hench.

The diminutive monster was played Fred’s own seven-year-old son – who went on to become a director himself – and Donald G. Jackson (director of The Demon Lover and Hell Comes to Frogtown) plays a medic.

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“Ray knows what viewers want from the effort, and he’s good with escalation, getting Biohazard up and moving with dimensional discoveries, which eventually leads to an alien rampage, albeit one orchestrated by a tiny creature with a drooling problem. Size isn’t an issue for Biohazard, which follows the alien into everyday homes to claim a safe haven, killing humans it encounters in gruesome ways.” Blu-ray.com

“There are buckets of blood, a couple of really gratuitous boob shots, and a passing reference to one character’s war atrocities in Vietnam.” DVD Verdict

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“Awful monster movie, poorly executed by writer-producer-director Fred Olen Ray, who during the closing credits resorts to amusing outtakes, writing off the picture as a joke. An Alien ripoff…” John Stanley, Creature Features

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Biohazard went to 21st Century, where it was rarely seen again. It had a trailer made from the Prison Ship footage a minute’s worth of great spaceship stock shots from Corman’s Battle Beyond the Stars. It looked like a big-budget film but I could not get the financing together…” Fred Olen Ray, The New Poverty Row

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“The finale of this movie, in a word, sucks. I’ll go along with Psychic Lisa being revealed as an undercover alien, but when Carter calls “cut” to end the film, I felt rather insulted. I know this is just Ray’s way of telling us that he knows this is a stupid movie, but I think anyone who suffers through it at least deserves a more satisfying ending.” Sacrifice Pawn’s Bitter Dregs

Biohazard is pretty obvious in its badness. Yes, it’s sometimes very funny, but all of its big moments feel trite, recycled from every movie you’ve ever seen on Mystery Science Theater. I know it seems ridiculous to complain about unoriginal flaws, but when you watch a lot of this kind of stuff, a bad line reading or shitty creature effect just doesn’t cut it anymore.” VHSh*tfest

Biohazard does have a wonderful WTF ending, times two. It’s a shame that everything else leading up to it is poorly made and dull. Pacing was obviously a concept the director did not see necessary to incorporate in his movie, but then, as the bloopers reveal during the final credits, everyone involved seems to have known that they were in a pile of shit, so maybe he didn’t care.” A Wasted Life

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On June 21, 2016, a new US DVD was released by Bayview Entertainment. Mastered in 16×9 widescreen from a 2K scan of the original 35mm negative Special Features: New audio commentary by Fred Olen Ray and David DeCoteau, “Remembering Biohazard” featurette, unfinished scenes.

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