Zarkorr! The Invader

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Zarkorr! The Invader
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DVD artwork
Directed by Michael Deak
Aaron Osborne
Produced by Albert Band
Charles Band
Sally Clarke
Michael Deak
Kirk Edward Hansen
Rob Martin
Steve Sechrest
Written by Benjamin Carr
Starring Franklin A. Vallette
Don Yanan
Peter Looney
Dyer McHenry
Rhys Pugh
Torie Lynch
Stan Chambers
Elizabeth Anderson
Music by Richard Band
Distributed by Full Moon Entertainment, Monster Island Entertainment (VHS and DVD)
Release date
  • April 1996 (1996-04)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Zarkorr! The Invader is a 1996 direct-to-video monster film directed by Michael Deak and Aaron Osborne, and produced by Full Moon Entertainment.

Plot[edit]

Intelligent aliens who have been studying Earth for centuries decide to challenge mankind by sending in a 185-foot, laser-eyed monster called Zarkorr to wreak city-crushing havoc. Only one incredibly average young man, postal worker Tommy Ward (Rhys Pugh), can find the beast's weakness and save the planet with the help of a 6-inch-tall pixie (Torie Lynch), who says she is "a mental image projected into his brain" by the aliens. She explains that Zarkorr cannot be destroyed by weapons, but that the key to the monster's destruction lies within the monster itself. Tommy, chosen as an average human, is the one destined to fight Zarkorr, who is programmed to kill him. Tommy asks scientist Dr. Stephanie Martin (De'Prise Grossman) for advice about his mission, but everyone thinks he is crazy. He takes the scientist hostage, but manages to explain his predicament to one of the policemen, who believes him and helps him escape. Dr. Martin agrees to help him. Using computers belonging to a friend of hers, they establish that the monster, which is destroying city after city in the style of Godzilla, neither sleeps nor breathes. Going to the place where the monster first appeared, they come into possession of a strange metallic capsule that fell out of the sky at the time the monster arrived. It is believed to be unopenable, but it opens by itself for Tommy as he touches it. He uses the top of the capsule as a shield, reflecting Zarkorr's laser rays back at him, and the monster dissolves into a small glowing sphere flying into space. Tommy is taken to a hospital to recover; a TV reporter congratulates him for saving the world, and he jokes he might run for president.[1]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The effects for Zarkorr were created using a man in a rubber suit, similar to that of the Godzilla series. The costume was designed by Jodi Zimelman.[2] The sound effect used for Zarkorr's roar is the same as the roar of the Tyrannosaurus rex from Jurassic Park.

Critical reception[edit]

Zarkorr! The Invader received negative reviews from critics, but has a cult following who tend to praise the monster Zarkorr, but not the movie as a whole.[citation needed]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 13% of critics have given the film a positive review based out of 1 review, with an average rating of 1.3/5.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitchell, Charles P. A guide to apocalyptic cinema, Greenwood Publishing Group 2001, p. 265–266, ISBN 978-0-313-31527-5
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0956566/
  3. ^ "Zarkorr! The Invader - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.com. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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