Laserblast (1978)

Article 3394 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-17-2010
Posting Date: 11-29-2010
Directed by Michael Rae
Featuring Kim Milford, Cheryl Smith, Gianni Russo
Country: USA
What it is: Neglected kid goes wild with alien weapon

When Billy discovers an alien weapon and its necklace power source in the desert, he becomes possessed by the power and goes on a rampage. Both the government and space aliens try to track him down.

At first, this movie doesn’t seem quite as bad as its reputation; the special effects are low budget but fun, the aliens are neat looking, and it has an interesting premise. Unfortunately, the movie is incredibly unfocused; the movie is cluttered with pointless scenes, undeveloped characters, muddled story-telling, and an overabundance of scenes of cars blowing up. It’s almost as if the script was never completed and is missing several key scenes, but was filmed anyway. The movie also fails to generate any suspense, and the main character remains an uninteresting cipher throughout. Ultimately, the movie fails because you never end up caring about what happens. Also, the movie makes poor use of two veteran actors; Roddy McDowall is killed off before he can really do anything, and Keenan Wynn is stuck in a potentially interesting role, but which ultimately isn’t used in any interesting way.

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