I remember seeing this one as a kid and wondering why the film received an R rating. Minute gore, zero nudity, one moment of cursing…as a ten year old itching to see some R rated goodness, I felt completely gypped.
Revisiting the flick as an adult, I not only felt gypped for a second time but was a bit in the dark as to why the filmmakers would make an alien from outer space look like a giant zombie. Seems this turkey was originally produced as a straight horror film about a zombie mutilating the goods citizens of Los Angeles at night. Negative reviews from early screenings prompted the studio to market the flick as sci-fi horror, adding laser beam eyes to the zombie’s methods of destroying his victims and claiming that he came from outer space. Hell, if ALIEN (released that same year) worked, why not this? I’m surprised they didn’t try and give the zombie a second set of jaws and acid for blood.
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