Thursday, 17 November 2016
Alien Intruder (1993)
A gun battle rages aboard a terrible model of a spaceship. One man carves his way through the rest of the crew until he finally faces down and executes the captain. He does all this at the behest of a woman whom he belatedly realises is a malevolent hallucination. Unable to cope with what he's done, he turns his weapon on himself.
Back on Earth, four prisoners are offered the chance to get out of their lifetime sentences if they'll go on a mission to recover this missing ship. Why a regular crew is not available is not specified. Presumably we're supposed to be too excited that the man recruiting them is Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams.
Anyway, the foursome aren't sold on the very vague mission until Lando throws in one last incentive: every weekend of the eight month mission, they'll be allowed to hook into wish-fulfilment VR machines that deliver them their dream woman and lifestyle.
Of course, when they get close to the missing ship, a certain other woman starts popping up in their supposedly private fantasies ...
Despite the obvious cheapness of the film, Alien Intruder starts out moderately entertaining: though I admit part of that is from playing "spot the semi-celebrity" in the cast, since we've got Lando, the guy who played Alan Rickman's henchman in Die Hard, and a couple of people who would go on to be Babylon 5 alumni. Unfortunately it rather founders in the second act and really unravels in the third. A shame really, as I was starting to get hopeful I might be able to recommend it as a guilty pleasure.