A crew of nuerotic astroheads get sent on a mission to find out what they can at the far flung reaches of deep space after a distress message is received by The Master (their boss). When they get there, they realise that something is wrong, so with true cheapo script victim mentality, the rather unprofessional crew wander off down corridors alone, only to meet the things from their worst nightmares..
Yep, you guessed it, not a film about an evil bar of chocolate, but instead, a cheap (obviously, its by Corman), psychological, by the numbers, slasher horror, set in outer space, that bares more than one or two resemblences to Alien and predates Aliens by bringing Cameron in to direct some of the production. The acting is so so, given its cheapness and a lot of inventive effort clearly went into ship and planet design, which given that the ships corridors are lined with BigMac boxes (really!), doesn't leave this looking as bad as it should. There's a couple of characters that don't work and you have to wonder at times how much re~editing the script suffered coz it rarely makes sense. The actors assembled seem game enough and the shoddy creature effects and occaisional gore work quite well. The stand out of course, being the infamous 'raped to death by giant maggot' sequence. Though i have to say, i kinda revelled in watching Moran's (Joannie Cunningham from Happy Days) head explode! Ultimately it looks and plays like an episode of Red Dwarf but without any humour and only a few cheap gore effects (most of which i presume were cut for the UK pre~cert i watched years ago!) and unless you're a real Corman fan or indeed a real fan of low budget sci fi horror, if you pay more than say £5 for this you're gonna be a bit disappointed, as the artwork on the cover alone is generally more exciting than the completed film. That said, although not as good as Aliens, it was better than Avatar!
The Region 1 dvd is adequate and comes with a 1hr making of, which is probably more interesting than the film itself. For similar space flotsam try Deep Space, Titan Find, Forbidden World etc.