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SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS:  95 Minutes, featurette, trailers
VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:   English 5.1, Spanish (Latin Am) 5.1, Portuguese (Brazil) 5.1, Thai 5.1
Subtitles:    Chinese (Mandarin Traditional), English (US), Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin Am), Thai
 
STUDIO:   SPHE/ STAGE 6 FILMS/ SCREAMERS PRODUCTIONS/ FUTURISTIC FILMS LIMITED
RELEASE DATE:    2-17-2009

I liked SCREAMERS, an underrated sci-fi film starring Peter Weller (before he went to direct TV shows and movies in addition to teaching history).   Now over ten years later, a direct to DVD sequel has been made.  SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING has decent production values.   It is entertaining for about ninety minutes despite a fe minor nitpicks with the plot (the ending, Lance Henrikson's character only being in the film for 10 minutes, and whatever happened to the guy who sent the distress signal).

SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING picks up several years after the first one.  A rescue team is sent to Sirus 6B after receivinga  distress signal.   The Alliance created the robotic screamers several years ago when they had a civil war with the workers.  The only problem is the screamers evolved to look like humans.   The greed of one of the rescue team leads to the screamers in the big screamer factory to be awakened.  Also the team has only six days to rescue any survivors before a class 10 mallagenic storm hits the planet (and kills all life).   Gina Holden plays the lead who has a personal interest in the mission (it ties back to the first film).   The sequel has plenty of gore, but I wish more of the human screamers came into play like the first one (I love the wounded screamers and kid screamers from the first one).

SPECIAL FEATURES:    Over 15 trailers and a 24 minute making of featurette are the only extras.  The featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the sequel inclduing the story, casting, locations, and the visual effects work.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING is a well-produced sequel that should ahve a better title (even SCREAMERS 2 sounds better).

this DVD review is (c)2-7-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permssion.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com