Screamers
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Screamers

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Director: Christian Duguay

Cast: Christian Duguay, Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin, Roy Dupuis

     
 

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This action-packed sci-fi thriller is set upon the planet Sirius 6B in the year 2078. The planet has been decimated by a vast nuclear war. Many have survived, but their continued survival is threatened by the dreaded screamers, strange shape-changing mechanical creatures who use razor sharp knives to hack up any life-form in their way. They earned their name because… See more details below

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This action-packed sci-fi thriller is set upon the planet Sirius 6B in the year 2078. The planet has been decimated by a vast nuclear war. Many have survived, but their continued survival is threatened by the dreaded screamers, strange shape-changing mechanical creatures who use razor sharp knives to hack up any life-form in their way. They earned their name because when they kill, they make a horrible high pitched sound. The first screamer makes its appearance as a lone soldier approaches a bunker. He has come to deliver an important message from the NEB to its enemy the Alliance. Unfortunately, the low flying screamer gets to the soldier first, and quicker than Popeil's Vegamatic, slices and dices the fellow into tiny pieces. Later a jet crashes near the bunker. Aboard it is a nuclear reactor. One man survives the crash. The man, Ace, knows how to make a bomb with the reactor. Alliance-leader Col. Joseph Hendricksson takes Ace and they travel across the great irradiated desert to met with the NEB leaders. Along the way they find a small boy and though they don't want to, bring him along. Unfortunately, by the time they get to the NEB headquarters, the screamers have killed all but Becker, a tough soldier, Ross, who is nearly mad, and sexy smuggler Jessica. When Becker and Ross see the boy, they think he is a screamer and kill him. They are right and soon the little group find themselves surrounded by the hellish killing machines, all of which have taken the shapes of small boys.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The short story Second Variety by Philip K. Dick becomes this budget-challenged but effective science fiction-horror-thriller. As in most of Dick's work, including the previous films Blade Runner (1982) and Total Recall (1990), the central themes are the validity of one's self-identity and the notion of man's eventual obsolescence, presented with a hearty dose of paranoia and violence. Peter Weller gives a Robocop-quality performance with good support from Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, and Ron White. The film is not as absorbing as previously produced big-screen versions of Dick's work, suffering as a result of a sober approach, a trim budget, and an ending that could have used a serious rethinking, but most of what's here is not half-bad considering its benighted genre. Screamers (1995) is definitely for fans of gritty sci-fi-horror hybrids but it beats other classic sci-fi adaptations such as Starship Troopers (1997).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/1998
UPC:
0043396118690
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:48:00

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Scene Selections; Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Weller Joseph Hendricksson
Jennifer Rubin Jessica
Roy Dupuis Becker
Andrew Lauer Ace
Charles Powell Ross
Ron White Elbarak
Michael Caloz David
Liliana Komorowska Landowska
Leni Parker Corporal McDonald
Bruce Boa Secretary Green
Tom Berry Technician
Henry Ramer Screamers Crawl Narration
Jason Cavalier Leone
Sylvain Masse NEB Soldier

Technical Credits
Christian Duguay Director
Franco Battista Producer
Josée Bernard Co-producer
Tom Berry Producer
Normand Corbeil Score Composer
Ernest D. Farino Special Effects
Charles W. Fries Executive Producer
Rodney Gibbons Cinematographer
Antony I. Ginnane Executive Producer
Perri Gorrara Production Designer
David Jaquest Set Decoration/Design
Yves Langlois Editor
Mary Margiotta Casting
Karen Margiotta Casting
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Trixi Rittenhouse Costumes/Costume Designer
Masao Takiyama Co-producer
Miguel Tejada-Flores Screenwriter
Stefan Wodoslawsky Associate Producer

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