DEEP SPACE (1988) Reviews of Alien rip-off [updated]

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‘They created a monster over lunch. Now it’s back for dinner…’
Deep Space – stylized as DeepSpace – is a 1988 American science fiction horror film co-produced and directed by Fred Olen Ray (Super SharkDire WolfGlass TrapThe Unliving/Tomb of the WerewolfEvil ToonsHaunting FearAlienatorCycloneDeep SpaceStar SlammerThe Tomb; BiohazardScalps) from a screenplay co-written with T.L. Lankford.

The Trans World Entertainment production stars Charles Napier (Skeeter; Body Bags; Alien from the Deep; Wacko), Ann Turkel (Humanoids from the Deep 1980), Bo Svenson (Beyond the Door III; Curse II: The Bite; Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker; Snowbeast), Ron Glass, Julie Newmar, James Booth, Norman Burton, Jesse Dabson, Elisabeth Brooks and Anthony Eisley.

Steve Neill (Puppetmaster; The Stuff) provided the special effects makeup.

Plot:
A US satellite transporting a secretly engineered creature crashes to Earth near Los Angeles.

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Plot:
Police officers Ian McLemore (Charles Napier) and Carla Sandbourn (Ann Turkel) are assigned to pursue the escaped mutant beast.

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Along the way, they clash with their superior, Captain Robertson (Bo Svenson) and the scientists behind the project.

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Psychic Lady Elaine Wentworth (Julie Newmar) also lends them a hand before McLemore uses a chainsaw to battle with the beast in a fight to the finish…

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Reviews:
Deep Space is one of the better bad movies I’ve seen. Its flagrant ripping off of Alien is quite amusing, and it has quite a few great one-liners. Charles Napier is perfectly cast as the gruff and tough McLemore. The monster itself, what little we see of it, is quite interesting as well.” BadMovies.org

” …this sci-fi/horror meringue is well handled and the screenplay (by Ray and T.L. Lankford) has good characters and dialogue […] Part of the fun is watching character actors Anthony Eisley, Peter Palmer, James Booth and Julie Newmar.” John Stanley, Creature Features

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“The final fight is pretty funny and pretty dumb. Despite some heavy firearms, the creature was ultimately done in with a fire axe, a chainsaw and a jar of Roach-B-Gone from a pest control company. Thankfully, the credits started rolling within a minute of the creature’s death to help numb the pain.” Movies, Films and Flix

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” …pretty solid Fred Olen Ray fare, schlock horror, sci-fi, and action all mixed into one for a fun time; but the thing takes on another level with Napier as the lead. As great as he is as a supporting character, he’s that much better when it’s his show.” Direct to Video Connoisseur

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