Nightfliers (1987)

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This film features the acting talents of Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed and John Standing. The film was directed by Robert Collector whose best known film would have to be Red Heat. The film Nightliers is about a group of scientists that are looking to find some mythical creature that had caused the birth of the universe. A creature or race of beings that roams the universe spawning stars and planets in its wake. The base plot seems very familiar to the purpose of the Destiny in Stargate Universe. That is where any similarity ends as the ship the scientists are on is out to kill them with a vengeance.

Certain actors from this film had very promising careers til they did this rather poorly written and really bad science fiction film. Many of the actors and actresses did very well in their roles but no matter how good the actor is you still can not make a piece of tar like this film look like a shining gem. About the only reason to see this film is because you might like one of the cast and want to see everything that they did, after that throw the film away and never think of it again.

The models for the ship show a ship that is at least 30 or so decks and yet in the film we see about 3 corridors and maybe 6 or so rooms. More money was spent on the crew rec and food area and the temple corridor leading to it then on any other part of the film. If the effects department could have had half the budget that the set department had then maybe the space scenes might have looked better. The writer of the script needs to go back and learn how to write scripts again because they sure didn’t know how to write this one.

If this film were to be remade I could see it doing well IF they made sure that the screenplay writer and production crew did not come within 100,000 mile of it. If they came any closer to it then it would ruin it. That being said you can see there would be no way that it would EVER work as a good film as they will always be closer then that. 3.5 stars out of 10 at IMDB is way too generous for this film, I would say that would be for the actors as the film is not worth that.

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