Release Date: OUT NOW!
1989 | PG | DVD
Reasons to watch Moontrap: 1) to see Star Trek’s Chekov and The Evil Dead’s Ash team up, 2) to howl abuse at its ludicrous contrivances and cheesy dialogue.
Walter Koenig and Bruce Campbell play wise- cracking space shuttle pilots who say “hell” a lot. The plot sends them to a 14,000 year- old lunar base to fight killer robots that emerge, Alien- style, from pods and build bodies out of scrap.
The effects are ropey ( a good kick would see off the robots); the sexual politics are dubious ( 20 minutes after meeting, a mute moon babe disrobes to canoodle with Koenig); and the script is glaringly absent of foreshadowing, explanations or basic common sense. Moontrap is winkingly aware that it’s B- movie baloney, but that doesn’t excuse making a movie this spectacularly stupid.
Extras: None. Ian Berriman