This futuristic space horror film looks inexpensive, which is increasingly apparent the longer you stare at the ship’s machinery that gets our heroes somewhere between Earth and Titan. The scenes the script can’t afford visually are usually shot in the dark, a convenient advantage typical low-budget horror films make the most of. 1985’s Creature looks infinitely better when it’s properly lit.
The Alien inspiration is undeniable, and it gets us wondering just what the creature alluded to in the title will look like. If it was anywhere as imaginative and memorable as the xenomorph, this movie would be a classic and would be on everyone’s lips. In Creature, science fiction serves horror and not the other way around, and what you end up with is a mid 1980s space slasher.
Some of the characters are emotionally fragile, some aggressive, and some kinky. While this makes them easy to discern, I never bought them as astronauts who could spend months and years together aboard a space ship. Heck, they’ll kill each other before the first alien even shows up! All in all, this is a cool splatterfest, but most kills are off-screen. The kills we do see, though, look painful!