In one of his final appearances, Sir John Gielgud has a cameo as the local doctor.
The elder brother (Jason Patric) gets involved with a gang of teenage bikers led by Kiefer Sutherland ( Dark City ).
The younger brother gets involved with the Frog Brothers, a pair of self-styled Vampire Hunters played by Corey Feldman and Corey Haim (The Goonies ).
The mother gets involved with a businessman who seems pleasant enough, but keeps a couple of massive guard-dogs.
Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee - Dracula ) has a new base of operations in a lost city somewhere in South America. He has a cunning plan. A group of caucasian women have been abducted, brainwashed and altered to have a poisonous kiss. One is sent to England, to target Nayland Smith. The poison blinds its victim, then slowly kills him.
Nayland Smith and his friend, Doctor Petrie, travel to South America to find the cure. This was filmed on location in Brazil, so it does not look as bad as it might.
Fu Manchu is having problems with a local bandito named Sancho Lopez. Yes, a Figaro lookalike is almost more of a threat than Nayland Smith himself! Fun Manchu's dacoits capture the fat greasy bandito, and use him as a pawn.
The action starts on the Giza Plateau, 1928, where a mysterious arch is uncovered.
We go forward to 1993, to an Egyptology lecture where the protagonist, Dr Daniel Jackson (James Spader), explains that there are no hieroglyphics anywhere in the Pyramids and thus they are probably far older than the accepted date of about 2500 BCE.
This film is not the first time the topic has been raised. Erich Von Daniken brought such issues to light in the 1970s, just as Professor M.K. Jessup did in the 1930s. However, many people are unwilling to challenge accepted views, and the term Pyramidiot is sometimes used to denigrate the
As a note of trivia, one of the attendees mentions Colonel Veiss who discovered the name of Pharoh Khufu scrawled in a tiny corner in the Great Pyramid. Obviously this inspired use of that name for a character in The Visitor. The other hand-down to that TV show is the presence of the actor Leon Rippy.
The other protagonist is Colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell - Escape from New York, Escape from L.A. ), a Special Forces officer on medical leave because his son accidentally shot himself with O'Neill's gun. We learn this through expositionary dialogue between a couple of grunts - a sure sign of lazy script-writing!
Jackson and O'Neill meet at a secret US military base - a former missile silo in Creek Mountain, Colorado. The Stargate is 10,000 years old, and it looks like it spent the last 65 years being prodded by the US military. But why do they take it as anything other than a decorative feature? Most 1920s Egyptological artefacts (such as the Sphinx's beard) are in dusty corners of museum store-rooms. And saying they HAD been studying it for a number of years, why the hell hadn't they got it translated already?
Jackson looks at the work O'Neill's team has done, and fixes the shoddy translation done by the fat guy from Spin City. Yes, Jackson was recruited not because of his theories, but because he is an expert at deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics!
Jackson works out how to work the Stargate -
It's on the other side of the known universe.
Our intrepid adventurers go through the Stargate - Jackson, O'Neill and a unit of Special Forces grunts - and find themselves trapped. They take the opportunity to explore.
Jackson, supposedly an expert Egyptologist, mis-identifies the Eye of Horus as the Eye of Ra. This kind of stupid, deliberate mix-up is rife within the film industry; writers take short-cuts and Directors make unspeakably illogical things happen on-screen because it looks good.
The good guys explorations are interrupted by hi-tech evil aliens led by Ra - played by Jaye Davidson (Crying Game).
As the film develops, O'Neill's personal conflict (his guilt over his son's death) takes an important role. He will not risk shooting hostage children (but he WILL nuke them!), and develops a father-son relationship with a young native boy.
The film may SOUND slow-moving, but the climax is a life-or-death battle that takes place while the timer is ticking down on a nuclear warhead.
Cushing returns from Indonesia with a well-preserved proto-human corpse. Examination of its blood shows strange antibodies. He tests a sample on his lab monkey, and discovers it has the apparent property of removing all evil impulses. He injects it into his daughter, to save her from the insanity (nymphomania followed by a mental breakdown) that took her mother.
The two protagonists' love interest is a female news reporter (Svenson's wife, the sheriff's ex-GirlFriend) who interferes and throws herself into mortal jeopardy just to get a story!
This film was made in the 1970s, when such subjects as Bigfoot were topical. Also notable are the overtones of Jaws, which came out only a couple of years before this film did. Since this is a low-budget thriller, very little of the beast itself is shown on-screen; mostly we just see from its point of view as it stalks its prey.
The only thing that can defeat the creatures is the common house-cat. Even the tamest little kitten instinctively attacks and brutally savages the creatures at the first opportunity. Yes, the plot shows blatant re-use of ideas from the Drew Barrymore section of King's Cat's Eye
Madchen Amick is the virginal babe-in-distress that Krause takes a liking to.
The token black guy is a sheriff's deputy. Ron Perlman ( Alien: Resurrection ) pops up as a Captain in the State police.
King himself has a cameo as the graveyard-keeper. Other cameos are horror directors John Landis, Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper.
Brooke Shields plays the title character - a girl reporter in the late 1940s, just as the Cold War is hotting up. Timothy Dalton ( James Bond ) is the mysterious one-eyed man, Brenda's love interest. Diana Scarwid rounds out the cast as Libby Lipps, the bitchy arch-rival.
An Einstein-looking fellow called Kreutzer (an ex-Nazi scientist) has apprently discovered a fuel powerful enough to make space travel possible. Brenda must find Kreutzer, get the story and bring the formula to the USA before they are snatched by Libby and the KGB respectively.
Monique Gabrielle plays one of the villain's swimsuit-clad lovelies - yes, like the villains in the Bond films he has a troup of them running wild in the mansion.
Arcane's stepdaughter Abigail ( Heather Locklear ) arrives.
A pair of pre-teen kids see the Swamp Thing (Dick Durock) fight an evil crocodile-man, and decide the must track him down and photograph him.
Van Damme fans will note that the end music is Born on a Bayou, the end music for Hard Target.
The supporting cast includes
Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon play a just-married couple whose car breaks down as they drive off on their honeymoon. They go to a nearby delapidated mansion, which they discover is owned by Dr Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry - Legend ) - a sweet Transvestite from Transylvania.
Meatloaf ( Fight Club ) also pops up, as a biker.
The action is set on Starliner Island, a luxury apartment complex advertised as a self-contained paradise. However, there is a worm in the apple.
A surgeon murders a prostitute and then kills himself. It turns out that he had bio-engineered a parasite that would increase the human sex drive and turn the world into a big, beautiful orgy. The parasites are spreading around the complex, slowly driving everyone insane.
For some reason, the infected humans appear to be only sexually overactive around the uninfected.
Darryl Hannah stars as a bimbo in a long-dead marriage who can't just GET OVER IT! Her unfaithful husband is Daniel Baldwin ( John Carpenter's Vampires ). Hannah is zapped by a flying saucer, and finds herself growing uncontrollably every time she gets angry at the men who are controlling her life.
He lands in Oregon, where he meets a computer designer played by Giancarlo Esposito (Usual Suspects). Pursued by the US Government, the two fugitives must get to Phoenix, Arizona and prevent a rocket launch from failing.
Tony Todd ( Candyman, Final Destination ) pops up, malevolent as ever.
Evil industrialists are polluting the environment and changing the area's weather patterns. Since the aliens can control electricity, and harness lightning, are they part of the conspiracy?
To help the flimsy plot, a wee girl pops up regularly to give warnings.
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