Not of This Earth (1988 film)

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Not of This Earth
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Produced by Jim Wynorski
Roger Corman
Written by Jim Wynorski
Mark Hanna
Charles B. Griffith
Starring Traci Lords
Music by Chuck Cirino
Cinematography Zoran Hochstätter
Edited by Kevin Tent
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • May 13, 1988 (1988-05-13)
Running time 81 min.
Country United States
Language English

Not of This Earth is a 1988 remake of the 1957 science fiction-horror Not of This Earth. The film was directed by Jim Wynorski. The film was made as a result of a wager where Wynorski bet he could remake the film in the same (inflation-adjusted) budget and schedule as the 1957 version by Roger Corman.[1]

This film starred Traci Lords (in her first mainstream film role after a brief adult film career)[2] as a nurse,[3] Arthur Roberts as Mr. Johnson the alien, Lenny Juliano as Jeremy, Roger Lodge as Harry the patrolman, Ace Mask as Dr. Rochelle and Kelli Maroney as Nurse Oxford. This film marks the last time Traci Lords appears nude in a motion picture.[4] Like any number of Roger Corman productions, this one includes scenes lifted from earlier films as filler like, the dog in the foggy woods and woman being stalked from outside her home; as originally seen in Humanoids from the Deep; as well as the scene of the caped knife-wielding stalker from Hollywood Boulevard.

An alien (Arthur Roberts) travels to Earth seeking a new supply of blood for his dying world. Initially he seeks a supply through the medical establishment, using special mental powers and money to accomplish his aim. The film is campy and Lords adds a comedic twist to the plot.[5]

On November 2, 2010, Shout! Factory released the film on DVD as part of its Roger Corman Cult Classics collection. [6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Horwath, Alexander; Elsaesser, Thomas; King, Noel (2004). The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s. Amsterdam University Press. p. 129. ISBN 90-5356-631-7. 
  2. ^ Waddell, Calum (2009). Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film. McFarland. p. 187. ISBN 0-7864-3609-3. 
  3. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. p. 1000. ISBN 0-452-28978-5. 
  4. ^ Biography for Traci Lords at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Klady, Leonard (1998-05-20). "Movie Reviews - 'Not of This Earth' an Amusing Curiosity". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Shout! Factory website". Shout! Factory. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 

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