Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe
|Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe|
DVD cover for the film
|Directed by||Damian Lee|
|Produced by||Damian Lee|
|Written by||Damian Lee|
|Music by||Carlos Lopes|
|Edited by||Reid Dennison|
Rose & Ruby Productions
|Distributed by||Cineplex Odeon Video
|Release dates||December 18, 1990
February 28, 1991
March 1, 1991
|Running time||90 minutes|
Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe is a 1990 science-fiction/action film written and directed by Damian Lee and starring Jesse "The Body" Ventura and Sven-Ole Thorsen, with a cameo by James Belushi. It has become somewhat of a cult movie due to its outlandish plot and other B-movie characteristics. In 2011, this film was added to the roster of "RiffTrax," the satirical show in the vein of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," hosted by Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
Abraxas (Jesse Ventura) and Secundus (Sven-Ole Thorsen), are intergalactic police officers, or Finders, from a planet called Sargacia. Their race is physically similar to humans but with an expanded lifespan; Abraxas has been a Finder for almost 10,000 years. Each Finder is equipped with an Answer Box, which serves as a communicator and scanner. It can also detect any object from a distance based on the object's vibration. When testing for the Anti-Life Equation, the subject being scanned will disintegrate if they do not contain the equation.
Secundus wants to access a negative universe which he believes will give him omnipotent powers and make him immortal. To do this he needs the solution to the Anti-Life Equation. He travels to Earth and impregnates the first human female he finds, Sonia Murray (Marjorie Bransfield), simply by holding his hand over her belly. The resulting baby will be a prodigy able to solve the equation. Only a few minutes later, Sonia gives birth to a boy and names him Tommy. Meanwhile, Abraxas corners Secundus so other Finders can lock onto their location and transport Secundus to the prison planet Tyrannus 7. Abraxas is ordered to kill Sonia before she can give birth, but he can't bring himself to do it and leaves her with Tommy. When Sonia goes home her parents kick her out of their house since she doesn't know who the baby's father is. They don't seem to mind that the baby was conceived and born on the same day, though.
Five years later, Tommy doesn't speak but does have strange abilities; when he is picked on at school, he makes the bully wet his pants. The school principal, played by James Belushi, calls Sonia in about this problem, but she refuses to admit that Tommy has problems. Secundus escapes from the prison and teleports to Earth. The Finders send Abraxas right after Secundus with the same technology, but their transport paths cross and their weapons are destroyed. Abraxas chases Secundus, but loses him; Secundus uses the fuse box at an automotive shop to recharge his Answer Box. When the owner confronts him, he uses his Answer Box to test the shop-owner about the Anti-Life Equation. The test causes the owner to explode. Secundus then goes on a rampage, stealing cars, killing innocent people and causing chaos. He continues to scan people, looking for the chosen one who knows the Anti-Life Equation.
He is pursued by Abraxas, who isn't able to do much as Secundus escapes and finds Sonia's residence. There, he sees the child with one of Sonia's friends, who is currently watching the house while Sonia and Tommy are out at a movie, and tries to test the equation on him. But Abraxas arrives before any harm can be done to the boy and they fight once more. However, Abraxas is stabbed in the stomach and Secundus left after saying he will let Abraxas live to see everything destroyed. Sonia returns home with Tommy, and finds Abraxas there in the living room. She expresses her anger about being impregnated by Secundus to him, but is convinced by Abraxas to drive somewhere safe with him and Tommy.
- Jesse Ventura as Abraxas
- Sven Ole-Thorsen as Secundus
- Damian Lee as Dar
- Jerry Levitan as Hite
- Marjorie Bransfield as Sonia Murray
- Ken Quinn as Carl
- Marilyn Lightstone as Abraxas' Answer Box (voice)
- Moses Znaimer as Secundus' Answer Box (voice)
- Robert Nasmith as Sonia's Father
- Kris Michaels as Sonia's Mother
- Layne Coleman as Registry Clerk
- Francis Mitchell as Tommy Murray
- Sonja Belliveau as Doctor
- Jim Belushi as Principal Latimer
- Erica Heenan as School Secretary