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 (Chopping Mall; Piranhaconda; Gila!). It was made as a result of a wager in which Wynorski bet he could remake the film in the same (inflation-adjusted) budget and schedule as the 1957 version by Roger Corman.
This film starred Traci Lords (in her first mainstream film role after a brief adult movie career in hardcore porn) as a nurse, 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. It marks the last time Lords appears nude in a motion picture.
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.
“Not of this Earth has its tongue firmly in cheek, with the filmmaker mounting a sci-fi tale that relies heavily on finger-snap banter between Lords and Juliano, crafty little special effects and props, and a heaping helping of nudity to keep viewers interested in the story. A B-movie warlord, Wynorski knows what he’s serving up here, which makes the film consistently amusing, playing up its influences and temptations with a swift pace and spirited performances, only occasionally falling prey to nonsensical filler to get the film past 80 minutes in length.” DVD Talk
“Not of This Earth is more than happy to get very silly very quickly. Indeed, the opening sequence is rife with evidence of Wynorski’s genre affections. An alien craft comes to Earth swiftly followed by an ill-fated outdoor sex scene involving two teens, clear nods to Carpenter’s The Thing and Phantasm, respectively. Being a product of the less-accepting late 80′s, though, the film doesn’t suffer from the over-enthusiastic “knowingly nerdy” tone films like Severance and countless other post-Shaun fanboy movies do. The references and geek-out moments are just a little bonus for the initiated.’ CHUD.com
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