It’s been a while since the last Classic Film Friday post, so as I mentioned last week, I’ve decided to bring the series back, in the Classic Film Friday series I bring you a film that you may have seen or may not seen, some will be very old and some not so old.
Ok let’s get on with this weeks film, for the return of the Classic Film Friday series of posts I have chosen “Screamers” starring Peter Weller and based on the short story “Second Variety” by Philip K. Dick.
I’ve always been a fan of the short stories by Philip K. Dick, yes I did read his stories before Blade Runner was made in to a film, so I was intrigued when Screamers was released in 1996 to see how it adapted to the screen, specially seeing how “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” was brought to the screen with Total Recall, enough said their really
Classic Film Friday – Screamers
Anyway, Screamers is set in the year 2078 and Alliance Commander Col. Joseph Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is assigned to an outpost, Sirius 6B, with the orders to protect it from the New Economic Bloc.
Armed with his state-of-the-art weapons, known as screamers, which are artificial killing machines that are set to destroy any living enemy. These Screamers travel underground and their terrifying screams can be heard before their kill before they dissect the enemy in to tiny bits with razor-sharp blades and then dispose of the pieces.
But something has happened with the Screamers, they are changing, they have started to replicate themselves and become evolved in to human form and destroying every living thing on the planet.
Ripping In To Action
Ok some of the effects aren’t that amazing, but the use of the scenery and the under ground bunkers is nicely done, as with a lot of the films similar to this, it’s going to be one of those love it or hate it movies, which only a few, like myself, sitting in-between.
But if you are a fan of the short stories by Philip K. Dick then this is a film that you may want to see, it’s one of those modern day B-Movies that is a bit of a gory with the blood and guts going everywhere, but it’s a film that isn’t as bad as some of the critics made out.
So if you’re looking or a bit of gory silliness then check it out
Directed by Christian Duguay
Written by Dan O’Bannon and Miguel Tejada-Flores
Based on the short story “Second Variety” by Philip K. Dick
Produced by Tom Berry and Franco Battista
Running time: 107 minutes
This film is rated 18.
Starring: Peter Weller (Hendricksson), Roy Dupuis (Becker), Jennifer Rubin (Jessica), Andy Lauer (Ace), Charles Powell (Ross) and Michael Caloz (David).