“No Chance… No Help… No Escape!”
A pair of teens (Tarah Nutter and Christopher S. Nelson) on a camping trip fight for their lives against flying alien discs; meanwhile, an insane veteran (Martin Landau) and a determined hunter (Jack Palance) try to track down an alien (Cameron Mitchell).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Cameron Mitchell Films
- Jack Palance Films
- Martin Landau Films
- Ralph Meeker Films
- Science Fiction
This low-budget sci-fi/horror/slasher flick — most notable as a thematic predecessor to Predator — starts off as a standard teen exploitation flick, with a small group of horny, scantily-clad teens placing their lives in mortal danger while Just Trying to Have Some Fun. Fortunately, the two most obnoxious teens (David Caruso and Lynne Theele) are killed off right away; the remainder of the film focuses on Nutter and Nelson (slightly more appealing protagonists):
fending off flesh-sucking alien-frisbees while simultaneously sussing out whether they can trust either Landau (wackily insane):
or Palance (grimly determined):
to help them escape with their lives. Upon its release, the New York Times referred to the film as “wretched”, and it’s really not much better than that — but it does possess some effectively creepy atmosphere, and has earned a small cult following over the years. It’s sure to appeal to those who enjoy this type of fare — like Peary, for instance, who lists it as a Sleeper in the back of his book. The rest of us can stay away.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Martin Landau as Sarge
- Plenty of creepy atmosphere
No; this one’s strictly for fans of the genre. Listed by Peary as a Sleeper.