PLANET (aka INSEMINOID)
Planet? Oh dear. Most of you will know this better as
Inseminoid, the final film from a remarkably
prolific period for director Norman J. Warren, and made very much
at the tail end of Britain’s much-missed exploitation film
A shameless rip-off / cash-in of Alien, Inseminoid
is arguably a lot more entertaining than its big-budget inspiration
thanks to a gleeful rude ‘n’ crude approach to the
not exactly original idea. A group of scientists are mining the
caves of an alien planet, and encounter all manner of difficulties
– mysterious space crystals cause one crew member to go
insane, while Sandy (Judy Geeson) is raped and impregnated by
an alien creature in one of cinema’s sleaziest moments.
This causes her to go rather mad herself, as she offs the rest
of the crew to provide food for her alien offspring.
Although Inseminoid is sometimes rather slow
moving, director Warren certainly packs a lot of action into the
story, with some splattery gore and a few moments of tension.
The space rape – complete with green alien semen pouring
down a glass tube penis between Geeson’s legs (it’s
no wonder in retrospect that she wasn’t too fond of the
film) – remains a jaw-dropping moment of bad taste. Of course,
the low budget results in some cheesy outfits, wobbly sets and
questionable performances from some cast members, though old troupers
like Stephanie Beacham lend a certain class to proceedings.
not as essential as Warren’s horror films like Terror
and Satan’s Slave, Inseminoid is still
great fun. Sadly, this budget release from Cheezy Flicks, taken
from an almost certainly copyright-defying source and pointlessly
region-coded, doesn’t do the film justice, presenting it
not only under the dumbass US title but also squeezed into 4:3
format. Given that other, better versions of the film exist, this
edition is really a waste of time, even if it does feature the
wonderfully offensive US one sheet art on the cover.
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