Here is where things get interesting. Some kids hit him with their Winnebago and go to a park ranger for help. This puts them in the way of the robotic body builder lady with a laser who has been sent to kill Kol before he gets up to any more trouble. Since they are with her target, they are fair game. After a body count and seeing the Alienator, the mechanical mercenary, play nice with a deer we figure out that all may not be what it seems. Some people die, and some live happily ever after knowing that the world has been saved… I think.
This is the sort of harmless low budget fun that Fred Olen Ray is a master at. Not a terribly original flick but executed on a minimal budget in a manner that is entertaining as hell. The story is tight and paced well. There is always some action on the screen and the movie never stays in one location long enough to get boring. The action sequences are simple but work well. There are lots of lasers going pew pew pew, a burned-out body Uncle Owen style, and that lady terminator… er uh I mean Alienator is cool looking.
Special effects wise the movie is a mixed bag. It is clear that the space station is some sort of industrial building, which is a common trick in movies like this. I really do like the design of the Alienator as it looks sci-fi enough to be a passable intergalactic bounty hunter. The laser is sold with some sound effects and on set explosions. Speaking of sound effects whenever she is near, we get a very familiar sound effect. As Chris Rock once said on screen, “George Lucas gonna sue somebodies’ ass!”
If you are looking for a serious movie then this isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you want cheesy fun then this as well as many other Fred Olen Ray movies will fit that bill. I’m in the middle of rediscovering his work and having a blast doing so. Of course, I’ve now cursed myself.
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