An American satellite with a new biological weapon gets out of control and crashes onto US territory. A slimy monster emerges and manages to escape, killing everyone who crosses his path. Police Lieutenant McLemore gets the job to stop the killing machine.—Tom Zoerner
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Obvious "Alien" ripoff has a meteor crashing near Los Angeles and a small crab-like creature emerging, which later in the film turns into a much larger Alien creature. Director Fred Olen Ray (a talented director of schlock) brings a more style than you get in most rip-off films, even if he's simply aping better directors, even going so far as to try to copy the strobe light effect when showing the larger alien creature. However, the film's main asset is that you do get character actor Charles Napier in the lead as an LA police detective hot on the trail of the alien, along with help from his sexy partner Ann Turkel (you may remember her from 1980s poster racks as a bikini pin-up model). Besides the charms of Napier, which really do go a long way, this film doesn't actually offer anything worth going out of your way to see here. This one is for Napier fans only (which I count myself among).
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