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Laserblast

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  •  USA  •    •  85m  •    •  Directed by: Michael Rae.  •  Starring: Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, Gianni Russo, Ron Masak, Dennis Burkley, Barry Cutler, Mike Bobenko, Eddie Deezen, Keenan Wynn, Roddy McDowall, Rick Walters, Simmy Bow, Joanna Lipari.  •  Music by: Richard Band, Joel Goldsmith.
        Alien creatures kill a mutated alien creature in the California desert. Its remains, and the high-tech laser gun and power source accidentally left behind, are found by an ostracized teenager. However, the power source causes the teenager to mutate, too, and he goes on a murderous rampage. Eventually, the first aliens return to kill him as well, and then forget to take the gun again.

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This is a film that was featured on the cult show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Oftentimes, being on this show is the first time I will have ever seen a film, but not in this case. No, I saw this one as a child numerous times as it used to come on one of those obscure channels that would show old science fiction films like this and Godzilla. I watched this one and enjoyed it as a kid, because it has a laser in it! It also had aliens and it was very short. Well, one really didn't get the advantage of the brevity as they stretched this thing out over a two hour span. A film, that was obviously inspired by Star Wars to the extent it even feels the need to blast its creator in the form of a sign being blown away. Not all bad, but it is kind of pointless in the grand scheme of things as you have characters that are obviously just there to pad the film, you have an actor of some note playing a bit part to lend a bit of credibility and you have an incredibly irritating Eddie Deezen character. So this film most certainly did deserve some riffing, but you have to admit, the title does say it all!

The story has an alien wandering the desert where he is gunned down by two aliens who are stop motion. They do not look overall great, but their eyes move rather well. Well these two fly off leaving the alien's laser in the desert. We then meet Billy whose mom likes going on vacation, the local law harasses him and two dweebs try to show him up. He soon finds the laser and the means to operate it, but using it seems to have adverse side effects on our 'hero'. He soon goes to a birthday party with his girlfriend where the girl whose birthday it is has a sad speech about how she only has friends because of her pool. What does this have to do with anything? Well, not a whole lot in the long run. Just padding. Well, Billy is soon getting revenge on those that have wronged him and he may or may not be unstoppable and the aliens have to do a u-turn in space, because they didn't get the laser the last time.

This is one of my favorite MST3K episodes from a riffing standpoint. This film is bad, but not so bad that it is unbearable to watch. It is a fun little film for the most part so it makes it fun listening to them make fun of it. This was the last episode of the show on Comedy Central though, so none of the bumps had anything to do with the film which is a bit sad. I liked the bumps, but I would have loved to have seen one skit done using it as the inspiration, such as having the aliens from the movie appear or something. Still, the movie itself was great and the jokes fast and furious! So in the end a bad film, but not one that you cannot watch.

The film was produced by Charles Band and that explains a lot. For those who do not know, he did the Full Moon Studio films and lets face it, all of those films were brief and a lot of them were pointless. Granted, some of them were pretty good too and when they are bad, they usually still are fun to watch. This one is no exception, though this one is not under the Full Moon banner yet. Just a movie where they saw a movie and then thought, let's have a kid find a laser and blast stuff! What will we call it? Laserblast! Sounds good to me!


Review by Aaron1375 from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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