Horror movies set in space are always a bit hit-or-miss: for every Alien, there’s a Jason X, and a hell of a lot more in between. Pandorum, a US/German co-production from director Christian Alvart, might have a trailer that tries to sell it down the Alien-route, but having watched the film, you might be left wondering if you have to re-evaluate your opinions on what makes a bad horror-in-space film.
On board the space-ship Elysium, Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) awakens from suspended animation: disoriented, he remembers little other than the role he was trained to fulfil as a member of the flight crew, taking over from another team who will then enter “hypersleep” themselves, who are strangely absent. When Bower is joined by the similarly awoken Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) the two struggle to find a way out of the anteroom in which they’re trapped. As both deal with the after-effects of their extended sleep, both physical and psychological, Bower makes his way out of the room and into the ship proper, where he finds what appears to be an abandoned ship is instead haunted by flesh-eating monsters, intent on stopping him from reaching his goal in the reactor.
On that note, take a look at the red-band trailer below for 2010’s Legion. According to the movie’s IMDB, “after a terrifying biblical apocalypse descends upon the world, a group of strangers stranded in a remote truck stop diner in the Southwest unwittingly become humanity’s last line of defense when they discover the diner’s young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.” The movie is directed by Scott Stewart, who has a long list of experience with special effects (which explains some of the movies look) but has an uncomfortable range of actors going from the former A-list through TV-favourites and relative-unknowns.
Judging from the trailer, we can expect some balls-to-the-wall action when the film is released next year but…well, watch the trailer and you might start to feel a little uncomfortable at how ridiculously over-the-top things are. It just remains to be seen if the film embraces this, or gets overwhelmed by taking itself too seriously.
Legion is due for release January 2010.