Despite being an adequate low-budget ALIEN rip-off which at least offers a nifty pacing and plenty of grue for your buck, TITAN FIND doesn't have much to recommend it at first glance. Firstly is the no-name American cast of never-were actors and actresses and the bad sign that a front cover-billed Klaus Kinski only appears for fifteen minutes or so. Secondly, the low budget, resulting in often enthusiastic but cheesy special effects. Thirdly, the openly derivative nature of the script and story, which throws two spaceships into the plot (one German, one American) instead of one, but which still goes through the same old motions and even employs some movie references before its time (THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD gets name-checked AND ripped-off, which must be some kind of achievement).
Somehow, TITAN FIND still proves to be a fairly enjoyable venture, if nothing particularly special or memorable. As mentioned previously, the pacing is fast and the story light, and with a wealth of low-budget action to keep things sliding along nicely. The film does attempt to build some atmosphere, with lots of suspenseful stalking through dark corridors and dry-iced landscapes, which works on occasion. And although the special effects are cheap, they are at least plentiful and sometimes extraordinarily gooey, incorporating all manner of mangled cadavers, splattering blood, and a surprisingly graphic head explosion into the action. Also included are a slimy man-in-a-suit who plays the chief creature (again totally ripped off ALIEN in appearance) and some slimy space slugs which attack themselves to the brains of the dead and can use them as zombies.
The cast does well with the script (at least those who have developed characters and who are not just easy cannon fodder) and some of the performances are surprisingly charismatic. Klaus Kinski is always good for entertainment value and this later role provides him with a mad German scientist, who gets to babble on about aliens whilst grinning inanely and molesting female crew members - a case of art reflecting life, perhaps, for the notoriously perverted actor? It's just a shame the he doesn't get more screen time. The film stops and starts with a series of mini-climaxes before the credits finally roll, climaxes which include an ultra-cheesy and hilarious "electrocution" special effect for the alien, and an amusing race-against-the-bomb-timer finale. Although the film is often too dark for its own good, thankfully this doesn't prove much of a hindrance. Fun and cheesy if you're in a forgiving mood.
Horror / Sci-Fi
Horror / Sci-Fi
A crew of scientists arrives on a far, cold planet to examine archaic artifacts of unknown origin. They discover that their German enemies already have a ship there. When they seek their help after a failed landing, they only find the Germans' bodies, obviously slaughtered by one of the archaic creatures, awoken to new life. Now the alien is after them. —Tom Zoerner
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December 22, 2021 at 03:41 AM