I alway thought Tobe Hooper was a pretty crap director and this remake of William Cameron Menzies' 1953 film certainly didn't change my opinion. In fact just about everything about this film is bad from the acting, the script, the dialogue, the not-so-special special effects. But, to be fair, the question as to whether the badness is intentional must be asked. I admit I don't know the answer. What finally dooms the film is that it really can't decide what it wants to be. It seems to start as a straight remake of the 1953 films but subsequently shows signs of being a serious sci-fi film, then a parody/comedy. It retains the "It's all a dream but its beginning again" ending of the first film but plays it more like the over familiar twist in the tail ending of so many 70's and 80's horror movies.The original film of 1953 retains a naive charm and a certain menace even today thanks to Menzies' off-kilter child's eye view perspectives and being content to keep to it rather than flounder all over the place.
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