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Not of This Earth
     

Not of This Earth

Director: Jim Wynorski, Cynthia Ann Thompson, Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts

Cast: Jim Wynorski, Cynthia Ann Thompson, Traci Lords, Arthur Roberts

 

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A stranger in town has some big plans that could mean the end of humanity as we know it in this blend of comedy and sci-fi thrills. Nadine Story (Traci Lords) is a nurse working in the office of Dr. Rochelle (Ace Mask) when she encounters a very unusual patient -- the mysterious Mr. Johnson (Arthur Roberts), who is always dressed in black, wears dark sunglasses

Overview

A stranger in town has some big plans that could mean the end of humanity as we know it in this blend of comedy and sci-fi thrills. Nadine Story (Traci Lords) is a nurse working in the office of Dr. Rochelle (Ace Mask) when she encounters a very unusual patient -- the mysterious Mr. Johnson (Arthur Roberts), who is always dressed in black, wears dark sunglasses indoors and demands a blood transfusion. After Dr. Rochelle tests Johnson's blood, he's surprised to discover the man's body isn't producing blood in the usual manner, and Johnson hires Nadine to work in his home and give him regular transfusions. As Nadine fends off the advances of Johnson's ex-con chauffeur and go-fer Jeremy (Lenny Juliano), he discovers that people have a habit of showing up at Johnson's door but not going home again. With her help of her boyfriend, a motorcycle cop named Harry (Roger Lodge), Nadine discovers Johnson has a shocking secret -- he's an emissary from the planet Davanna, who is looking for a ready supply of human blood his people need to survive. Not Of This Earth was a remake of the 1957 film of the same name directed by Roger Corman, who served as executive producer for this version as well as distributing the picture. It was the first mainstream feature for former adult film actress Traci Lords, and features her last nude scene to date.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Roger Corman has always been a filmmaker eager to find new ways to stretch a dollar, and in the 1980s he began to realize he didn't always have to come up with a fresh idea when he had a big stack of old properties that could easily be remade. One of Corman's earlier efforts in retreading his old pictures was 1988's Not Of This Earth, which follows the same story as one of his double-bill quickies from the 1950s but puts a very different spin on the material. Corman's original 1957 Not Of This Earth was one of the best of his low-budget sci-fi projects, but Jim Wynorski's 1988 remake opts to play the story for laughs, and lays the camp and wink-and-nudge humor on a bit too thick for its own comfort. Wynorski's Not Of This Earth doesn't seem to know if it's set in the 1950s or the '80s, with many of the characters driving vintage cars and wearing retro outfits while the city surrounding them exists in another era, and most of the abundant undraped women in the movie are at least briefly draped in the finest of mid-80s sleaze wear. The jokes in the screenplay by Wynorski and R.J. Robertson are thuddingly obvious and generate as many groans as laughs, while the narrative seems less the point than the occasional bursts of low-budget special effects (sometimes rescued from other films from Corman's library) and the presence of various bimbos displaying their surgically enhanced talents. Most of the cast overplays, particularly Lenny Juliano's Jeremy, who seemingly begs for a punch in the mouth. The movie's most positive attribute turns out to be -- who knew? -- Traci Lords, who made her mainstream debut with this picture after ending her career in hardcore porn in a hail of scandal. If Lords isn't a great actress in this picture, she's at least charismatic, has significantly better comic timing than most of the cast, and has the looks and charm of a movie star (a cut-rate movie star, but a star nonetheless) in a movie full of folks struggling to made the D List. At a time when it seemed questionable if Traci Lords had any future after her days as the tabloid media's shock story of the month faded away, Not Of This Earth showed she had the pluck and the skills to carry a picture, and if this particular vehicle isn't much of a burden, in this company she looks like a winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
UPC:
0826663120080
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
29,515

Special Features

New Audio Commentary with Star Traci Lords & Director Jim Wynorski; Original DVD Audio Commentary With Director Jim Wynorski; New Interview With Traci Lords; Trailer; New World Trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cynthia Ann Thompson Actor
Traci Lords Nadine Story
Arthur Roberts Mr. Johnson
Lenny Juliano Jeremy
Ace Mask Dr. Rochelle
Roger Lodge Harry
Rebecca Perle Davanna Girl
Michael de Lano Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
Becky Le Beau Happy Birthday Girl
Monique Gabrielle Agnes
Roxanne Kernohan Lead Hooker
Ava Cadell Second Hooker
Kelli Maroney Nurse Oxford
Zoran Hochstätter Beam Man
Murray Miller Davanna Man at Grave
John Dresden Punker #1,Simmons
Paul Shaver Punker #3
R.J. Robertson Punker #4
Kim Dawson Girl in House

Technical Credits
Jim Wynorski Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Chuck Cirino Score Composer
Charles B. Griffith Original Story
Al Guarino Casting
Mark Hanna Original Story
Zoran Hochstätter Cinematographer
Libby Jacobs Costumes/Costume Designer
Murray Miller Co-producer
R.J. Robertson Screenwriter
Kevin Tent Editor
Hayden Yates Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Not of This Earth
2. Late Night Blood Donor [5:33]
3. Checkup at the Clinic [9:19]
4. Dining Out [5:00]
5. Nadine Moves In [5:23]
6. "A Great Lookin' Mole" [6:26]
7. Nadine Goes Snooping [6:38]
8. A Night on the Town [8:31]
9. Birthday Girl [6:42]
10. Girl from Outer Space [:07]
11. Looking for Evidence [11:50]
12. "The Doctor Is No Longer In Contact Miss Story" [3:23]
13. "You Can Not Run Forever, Nadine" [2:26]

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