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Screamers – The Hunting (2008/Sony DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Feature: C-



Philip K. Dick’s important Science Fiction literature has not usually made for good live action adaptation, so it was with some amusement that the 1995 Canadian Peter Weller film Screamers was a moderate hit of note.  It is then rather bizarre that the Dick estate finally agreed a dozen years later to let anyone do a sequel.  Screamers – The Hunting (2008) is that work with Lance Henriksen slowly becoming the John Saxon of his time; that actor in endless B genre films.


The mechanical spinners that kill, dismember and annihilate anything in their way with an A.I. survival component are back and they are doing the same thing they were doing before.  In a predictable Alien/Aliens ploy, a distress signal brings new would be rescuers to the planet where the robo-creatures killed all humans all those years ago and the killers are interested in repeating their achievement.  As formulaic, tired and predictable as it is, the actors try to do this was a fresh take, but it is a B-movie and only for serious (and seriously obsessed fans) of the first film, which itself is overrated.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image looks a softer than expected with limited detail and color more often than not and though some of the graphics look good, it is disappointing.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is also limited with surrounds more about ambience than outright activity.  Add sonic limits and it is odd for the genre.  The only extra is a behind the scenes featurette.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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