What's the title of this B-monster movie, possibly starring Kurt Russell?
May 30, 2007 9:25 PM   Subscribe

My friend is searching for the title of a low-budget B-monster movie. The plot: The crew of a spaceship find a derelict spacecraft and awaken a demon/alien creature who possesses the crew one by one. Also, the movie might star Kurt Russell.

At the end of the movie the protagonist (Russell?) is the only crew member left alive, and the demon/alien has possessed another crew member. After a conversation, the protagonist fires a missile at his own ship from somewhere, blowing up the creature and himself.

Clearly this film was a rip-off of The Thing, Alien, Lifeforce, etc. And, no, it's not Event Horizon. My friend saw it as a kid (in the 80's), so he can't remember any more details.
posted by shoseph to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)?
posted by Kadin2048 at 9:30 PM on May 30, 2007

yep, has to be. great film!
posted by LizardOfDoom at 9:34 PM on May 30, 2007

It's not The Thing.

The crew of a spaceship find a derelict spacecraft

The Thing takes place in Antarctica, not deep space. Kurt Russell is a helicopter pilot. There's no missile, but shit it blown up real good. The Thing ends with Russell and Keith David in a staredown, each thinking the other is the monster.
posted by frogan at 9:37 PM on May 30, 2007

Ever see 'Dracula 3000'?
Same thing, just that most of the crew turns into vampires.
And the movie ends comically abruptly.
But i think that it was produced just a few years ago.
posted by itheearl at 9:50 PM on May 30, 2007

Sounds like Planet of the Vampires. This flick was a big influence on Alien, and I consider it to be amazingly well done for having such a shoestring budget. Also, the black leather jumpsuits the crew wear are about the coolest thing ever.
posted by spungfoo at 10:13 PM on May 30, 2007

This list of sci-fi films may be worth a skim to jog your friend's memory, although nothing jumped out at me.
posted by brain_drain at 10:44 PM on May 30, 2007

well, i don't need to see the thing anymore...
posted by white light at 10:55 PM on May 30, 2007

PotV trailer, for reference purposes only.

Anyway, your description sounds a lot like the beginning of Lifeforce (1985), which stars Steve Railsback, who could be mistaken for Kurt Russell. Most of it takes place on Earth, though.

Galaxy of Terror, maybe? (Trolling some very generic search results)

Most of the alien vampire movies, it seems, aren't set in space. And there's a fair number that cross over into soft porn, too. Hmmm.
posted by dhartung at 10:58 PM on May 30, 2007

I'm guessing it's not The Green Slime, which is the best worst space-b-monster movie ever.
posted by that girl at 4:53 AM on May 31, 2007

Well its not Kurt Russell, as a perusal of imdb will show. He's got nothing like that on there - well other than The Thing, which is not what we're lookin' for. I couldnt find anything specific, but that plotline is pretty common for B-grade flicks.

the best worst space-b-monster movie ever.

Oh no my friend, that honor goes to Forbidden World. Trust me on this. It ends with a man cutting out his own cancerous organ for the hero to feed to the monster to kill it. Brilliant! Add to that tons of nudity and sex and enough lame dialog to make even Uwe Boll wince. A masterpiece!
posted by elendil71 at 8:48 AM on May 31, 2007

It was The Dark Side of the Moon!
posted by doctorschlock at 12:24 PM on June 6, 2007

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