Monday, December 16, 2013

The Terror Within (1989)

I have been caught up in watching the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries over the past few days. I won't lie, Pamala Sue Martin was a favorite of mine in my youth and I am enjoying the chance to revisit that era. Of course, that does not stop me from checking out some horror. Tonight, I ventured into the world of Roger Corman for the 1989 schlockfest The Terror Within. 

Plot/ Experiments in biological warfare have destroyed all but a few remnants of the human race. Alone in a lab, eight students work feverishly to create a vaccine before they are forced outside in search for food. It is then that the surviving scientists discover creatures mutated by the plague. Now they prepare to do battle against their worst fear: The Terror Within.

Mentioning Corman and a movie title in the same sentence can often bring different results depending on who you talk to. Corman has the special place in many hearts as the king of low budget schlockfests. This one rates up there with some of his best 1980s fodder. Clearly a cliched Alien-influenced flick, this one features some solid acting, decent set design, and some interesting death scenes. This would have been a perfect drive-in flick. Sure, the story is full of typical cliche, the creature is one of the more hideous, and there are moments of over-the-top cheese, but that is just fine. In the end, this may not be a classic, but it is a solid low-budget creature feature from the 1980s and a flick that should be seen. 

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