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Creature (1985) Review

Creature is a 1985 American horror film directed by William Malone and starring Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, Lyman Ward, and Robert J. Wilke. The film follows a group of people who are stranded on a remote island where they are hunted by a monstrous creature.

The film is set on a remote island off the coast of Louisiana. The island is home to a creature that was once a man who was mutated by exposure to toxic waste. The creature now preys on the people who come to the island, using them for food and shelter.

The film’s cast includes Stan Ivar as the creature, Wendy Schaal as his victim, Lyman Ward as the island’s caretaker, and Robert J. Wilke as the creature’s creator. The film was shot in Los Angeles, California.

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the creature design and the film’s atmosphere, while others criticized the acting and the film’s pacing.

A Mid 80’s b-movie which i believe has garnered a small cult following. I know that a lot people don’t like this movie, I have to say that I am not one of them. The budget is clearly bigger for a movie of its kind, granted it does take a lot of conceptual and script ideas from other movies, Alien definitely springs to mind, but its execution is better done than most. Klaus Kinski is great as the the enigmatic West German (yes, it was the 1980’s remember) survivor, who helps introduce a new level of paranoia into the story…

The special effects by modern standards are not that great, but they are acceptable (for those who seen it in the 80’s this more than likely won’t be an issue), the main creature itself should most definitely have been overhauled, you don’t really see it for most of the movie but when you do it really looks like the guy in the rubber suit – not good. Acting wise this movie is ok, there certainly isn’t any Oscar winners here but the performances are solid enough. The gore is great though we get to see  a head exploding, heads getting gnawed off, bodies decomposing etc and it all looks rather visceral. Top notch.

This is one movie that is indeed warranting a remaster. The DVD versions that’re flying about are all VHS transfers and quite frankly they’re garbage. Seems this movie was filmed on 35mm also so there’s hope for a full HD version one day. Need to get on the phone to Shameless or Criterion lol.

All in all not a bad sci-fi horror movie but by no means great either, fans of ‘creature’ movies will no doubt enjoy it to some extent.

I found Creature to be a fascinating horror film. The creature design was excellent and the film’s atmosphere was very creepy. I thought the acting was good, but the film’s pacing was a bit slow. Overall, I thought it was a well-done horror film that is worth watching.


Assuming the film is the 1985 horror film “Creature”:

A group of scientists are conducting an experiment on a remote island, testing the effects of nuclear radiation on animals. The group includes Dr. Phillip Chandler (Stanley Tucci), Dr. Ellen Chandler (Kim Cattrall), and Dr. James Leighton (Peter Boyle).

One night, something goes wrong with the experiment and a creature is created. The creature is a mix of human and animal DNA, and is incredibly strong and aggressive. It soon begins killing the scientists, one by one.

The creature is finally killed when Dr. Chandler manages to electrocute it. However, the creature’s DNA is left behind, and it is later discovered that the DNA has mutated and is now spreading.

The film ends with a voiceover from Dr. Chandler, warning that the creature is out there, and that it is only a matter of time before it mutates again and comes back.

Movie Details

Director: William Malone
Writer: William Malone
Actors: Stan Ivar, Wendy Schaal, Lyman Ward
Release Year: 1985