Masters of Terror 2017: John Carpenter's Filmography

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in John Carpenter’s filmography. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

Virus

The crew of a tugboat board an abandoned research vessel inhabited by a cyborg alien form.

 

United States
France
Germany
United Kingdom
Japan
1999
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Alien Film
Robot Film
Catastrophes: 
Storm
Flood
Robot: 
Android
Cyborg
War Robot
Artificial Intelligence
6
Terminator meets Alien
8
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
3
3
Effects
Photography
Plot
For all your aquatic horror needs, there’s Virus. Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, and Donald Sutherland make a good movie great. Not convinced? Support actors include Joanna Pacula, Marshall Bell, and Cliff Curtis. When we think back on 1990s science fiction horror, this film undoubtedly comes to mind. It’s a story of its time, but it’s quite innovative.
Shut your brain off. Forget any plot-related questions you might have. We’re here to have some fun. This isn’t a blockbuster, but it’s not far off. It’s probably too dark, tonally and visually, for the general audience. You’d think this thing would’ve generated half a dozen sequels. Some of these concepts are merely skimmed. It’s one action scene after another.
The creators went all out on the creature design. Imagine 1979 Alien on a boat and with robots. I’m oversimplifying, but barely. So, it’s 1999. The Millennium bug is just ahead. Or is it? Artificial intelligence is about to kick our asses. This pretty much sums up what Virus is about. I’m not sure how half the bots, here, came to be. Virus is based on a comic book which explains a few plot holes.
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