DEAD SPACE (1991) Reviews and overview

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

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

Filming locations:

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park – 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California
Venice, Los Angeles, California

Filming dates:

9th August 1990 to 26th August 1990

Technical details:

72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.37: 1
Audio: Ultra Stereo

Fun facts:

Includes space scenes from Battle Beyond the Stars (1980).

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