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Not of this Earth

USA 1988
produced by
Murray Miller, Jim Wynorski, Roger Corman (executive) for Miracle Pictures
directed by Jim Wynorski
starring Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts, Lenny Juliano, Ace Mask, Roger Lodge, Rebecca Perle, Michael Delano, Becky LeBeau, Monique Gabrielle, Roxanne Kernohan, Ava Cadell, Cynthia Thompson, Kelli Maroney, Belinda Grant, Robby Bointen, Kim Sill (as Kimberly Dawn), Zoran Hochstätter, Ed Morgan, Murray Miller, John Dresden, Shawn Klugman, Paul Shaver, R.J. Robertson, Bob Sheridan
written by R.J. Robertson, Jim Wynorski, based on the earlier screenplay by Charles B. Griffith, Mark Hanna, music by Chuck Cirino, special effects by Jim Stewart

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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An alien (Arthur Roberts) lands on earth, and he almost immediately starts sucking the blood of a couple making out in a car. A few days latern nurse Nadine (Traci Lords) gets a job offer she can't afford to refuse: For a quite ridiculous amount of money, she's to be the private nurse of Mr Johnson, an eccentric suffering from a rare blood disease - who is of course really our alien. She's of course oblivious to his blooddrinking habits, and he doesn't threaten her, so she thinks she's got the job of a lifetime: she just has to give the man a few infusions each day and has the rest of the time off to sunbath by Johnson's pool or whatever. It's just ... Johnson's assistant Jeremy (Lenny Juliano) suspects Johnson of, well, something, since he has repeatedly seem people enter the house who never leave. At first, Nadine pays little heed, but after a while she grows suspicious as well, and even finds evidence there is something sinister going on - but her doctor friend and former boss Dr Rochelle (Ace Mask) laughs off all her justified suspicions ... because he's under the hypnotic power of the alien.

Eventually, we learn what Johnson is up to: He comes from a planet dying from lack of blood, and his people are now looking for a new blood source to harvest - earth. Of course, with nosey Jeremy around, it's only a matter of time if something will leak, so Johnson kills Jeremy eventually. And when he finds out that Nadine knows quite a bit more than she's supposed to as well, he wants to teleport her to his home planet, a journey no human has survived yet ... but Nadine's cop boyfriend (Roger Lodge) arrives just in time to save the day.

 

A remake of Roger Corman's then more than 30 years old Not of this Earth, and rumour has it that remake-director Jim Wynorski bet Corman that he could do his movie in even less time than Corman made the original. Be that as it may, Not of this Earth was hardly one of the better (if more enduring) Roger Corman-films from the period, and Wynorski stays true to the original inasmuch as he keeps the story and most of the dialogue totally intact, and basically only adds a bit of topless nudity and a dose of humour to the mix - and somehow, the movie, though far from being a masterpiece, works better than the original, mainly because it doesn't take itself too seriously and seems to be more aware of its schlocky nature than the older film.

By the way, also former underaged porn star Traci Lords' first legit film, and the only one she does topless nudity in - and she really isn't half bad for this type of movie.

Also, the credit sequence is made up mainly from other 1980's sci-fi flicks produced by Roger Corman, many of them on the more elaborate side - which somehow makes one expect more than the film is able to deliver ... however, taken by themselves these snippets are wonderful reminders of how great 1980's pulpy low budget sci-fi managed to be at time.

 

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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