Dead Space – USA, 1991 – overview and reviews


Dead Space is a 1991 American science fiction horror feature film directed by Fred Gallo (Dracula Rising) from a screenplay by Catherine Cyran (Slumber Party Massacre IIIWerewolf: The Beast Among Us).

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The film is a remake of the 1982 Roger Corman produced Forbidden World and while there are minor differences, Dead Space still retains the main story line and character set up.


The movie stars Marc Singer (Watchers II), Laura Mae Tate (Subspecies), Bryan Cranston (Godzilla), Judith Chapman (False Face), Randy Reinholz, Frank Roman (Watchers II), Lori Lively (Night of the Creeps; I Kissed a Vampire).


“A parable as good as… something else. Shot in seventeen days, this is a movie that looks better than feels more coherent than it should be. But maybe it’s hard to f*ck it up with such a generic script? But director Fred Gallo makes a good job and it’s never really boring, just very ordinary.” Ninja Dixon

“The closest we get is the “chest-burster” scene in the lab. After that, all the deaths are either off screen or are simple, boring, and bloodless. Additionally, besides Bryan Cranston (whose own performance is mediocre), most of the actors are lacking, leaving us without any draw or interest in the characters.” A Slice of Horror

“Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as much fun as the original, despite a decent cast that includes Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) and soap opera vet Judith Chapman. The sets look even cheaper than in its predecessor and are not nearly as imaginatively designed. The monster suit is pretty cool, though…” DVD Late Show

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In 2010, Shout! Factory released the film on DVD, packaged as a double feature with The Terror Within as part of the Roger Corman Cult Classics collection.



Cast and characters:

  • Marc Singer as Commander Steve Krieger
  • Laura Mae Tate as Dr Marissa Salinger (as Laura Tate)
  • Bryan Cranston as Dr Frank Darden
  • Judith Chapman as Dr Emily Stote
  • Randy Reinholz as Tim
  • Frank Roman as Sal Dickens
  • Lori Lively as Jill Tollman
  • Greg Blanchard as Joe
  • Rodger Halston as Tinpan (as Rodger Hall)
  • Liz Rogers as Devon Latham

One Comment on “Dead Space – USA, 1991 – overview and reviews”

  1. Surprisingly blah remake of an totally non blah movie. Whereas the original is in your face, this one is just sort of there, taking up space. Well Marc Singer is always fun, and some of the monster effects are good. Too bad they couldn’t afford to make the one near the climax more mobile.

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