Monday, November 19, 2012

From Venus (2004)

Pack: Tomb of Terrors
Disc: 5

Subgenre(s): Sci-fi, Spoof

Year: 2004 (IMDb says 2005)

Rated: R
Length: 87 minutes

Director: Jeff Kennedy
Writers: Jeff Kennedy, DJ Perry
Starring: DJ Perry, Michael Melik Brown, David Borowicz

Synopsis: When young Arthur is handed a mysterious comic book on Halloween night, little does he know that its hold on him will blur the lines of reality that have kept him blissfully ignorant of the danger our sister planet presents.


Review: Another spoof of 50's B movies. This time it's space aliens from Venus who have taken over a small town in Michigan. Think Invaders from Mars (1953) but with much less of a plot.

From Venus is too dark, has terrible audio, is badly acted, and just isn't funny. Those are the good points too. The pacing is horribly slow and is made worse by being broken up into parts with a pointless wraparound story.

It's hard to believe, but the short sections with Arthur (David Borowicz) are less entertaining than what he's supposed to be reading in the comicbook. Even the comedic double-act of the army guys, Franklin (DJ Perry) and Russ (Michael Melik Brown), has a couple of amusing moments although they aren't at all memorable.

The girls seem to be an attractive group especially in their dominatrix outfits, but owing to the poor quality of the VHS transfer, it's too hard to tell. I don't know if there's a clearer version to buy separately or if this is the best that's available. Either way, it's not worth tracking down because From Venus will still be terrible.

The tragedy is that with better production values and people who knew what they were doing, From Venus might have been okay.

Most Memorable Moment(s): The stuff after the final credits.

Originality: None.

Best Line(s): 'I'm not going in there. It's liable to be run by some chainsaw-wielding maniac."
Worst Line(s): "Men. To be had not heard."

Best Effect(s): The Avatrix's magical lightning.
Worst Effect(s): The laser gun.

Goriness (out of 10): 0
Sexiness (out of 10): 1
Profanities (out of 10): 1

Hottest Actor/Actress: Ambre Lake who plays Shamara the Wicked.

Picture Quality: Poor
Audio Quality: Poor

Rating (out of 10): 1


IMDb or Wiki:

Final Thoughts: Kind of like Creepshow but with only one story.

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