Screamers (1995) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Christian Duguay
Starring: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only — to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man’s greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life…Stupid humans!
Well hell if it isn’t Robocop himself Peter Weller starring in this one as the kinda stiff Joe Hendricksson. Apparently the baddest man in our armed forces in the year 2078. But I’m afraid Robocop this movie ain’t, but there are some cool moments in it, like the start of it which after seeing a man torn apart I had hopes of it turning into a gore fest but that never happens. The real gem to Screamers are (of course) the screamers. As the twist and turns come from just who and what they have evolved into and leave you to question everything you see on the screen. There are a few shocks here and there that work really well. As a matter of fact, that’s kinda what the movie has going for it over everything else. The downside to the film is the fact things slow down too much. Things pick up at times and pull you in only to once again hit slow-mo and once again and you’re just sitting around waiting for something to pick things back up, it’s not the best formula but I guess it’s not the worse as you don’t want to just cut the damn things off, which is ALWAYS a plus.
While the twists at times (of what is a screamer) are cool depending on how good you are at seeing things coming may depend on how shocked you are by what you end up seeing. The ending is rather bad but still, I think the very very end is still kinda cool. So when you add it all up I think you get a movie that is just worthy of watching..barely. But keep in mind this WAS 1995. So, I’d say this was one was at least good for its time but rather weak for the present. It’s a mixed review because you have mixed results for me. A cool concept with some twists but a kinda bad ending with too many slow parts. However, worth a rent at least! Scream Factory is giving it some life here in HD and I think that helps a lot, especially if you had an old copy of it. So if you dig it I’m sure you’ll like this release. If you have yet to see it, it’s worth at least a good once over.
– NEW Northern Frights – an interview with director Christian Duguay
– NEW Orchestrating the Future – an interview with producer Tom Berry
– NEW More Screamer Than Human – an interview with co-writer Miguel Tejada-Flores
– NEW From Runaway to Space – an interview with actress Jennifer Rubin
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 90%