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(SIRIUS 6B, year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only -- to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man's greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc's decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create.
The silence of space is about to be shattered.
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Release Date: January 26, 1996
Runtime: 108 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Japan
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for sci-fi violence and terror, some language and a brief moment of nudity.
Peter Weller ...Joe Hendricksson
Roy Dupuis ...Becker
Jennifer Rubin ...Jessica Hanson
Andrew Lauer ...Ace Jefferson (as Andy Lauer)
Charles Edwin Powell ...Ross (as Charles Powell)
Ron White ...Chuck Elbarak
Michael Caloz ...David
Liliana Komorowska ...Landowska
Jason Cavalier ...Leone
Leni Parker ...Cpl. McDonald
Sylvain Masse ...N.E.B. Soldier
Bruce Boa ...Secretary Green
Tom Berry ...Technician
Henry Ramer ...Screamers Crawl Narration (voice)
Charles W. Fries
Antony I. Ginnane
Philip K. Dick
Miguel Tejada Flores
Screamers Horror Film Trailer 1
"Hard Luck Solution"
More Movie Taglines:
- The silence of space is about to be shattered.
- The Last Scream You Hear Will Be Your Own.
- Jessica: We can smile, we can cry. We can bleed... we can fuck.
Hendricksson: Well, you're coming up in the world - you've learned how to kill each other.
Jessica: We're gonna die. You know that don't you? Hendricksson: Yeah, but not today, and not here.
Hendricksson: What are we doing? What in God's name are we doing Chuck? Chuck Elbarak: We don't know if itís true about Green, I mean we just saw... Hendricksson: We saw bullshit is what we saw. You know as well as I do they can send us anything they want. Hell, they can make a goddamn hologram out of a dog and pony show. Chuck Elbarak: That kid doesn't know policy, heís a grunt... Hendricksson: Get your head outta the lilacs man. Chuck Elbarak: What do you expect me to believe here? That we're being dumped just like that? That twenty years of death and a stand against the horror up here has turned into a fucking galactic gold rush? Why do they keep sending us provisions? What do you think, that they're waiting for us to grow old and die up here so they can... carry on running the universe? Hendricksson: Yes. Chuck Elbarak: Well fuck you, I don't buy it! Hendricksson: Well wake up man! We are betrayed here brother. We are beached! We're stuck, you heard that kid! Greens been shit-canned and this whole goddamn place is a lie! I mean, they just can't cut us off up here, because too many families on earth would raise hell about it and they sure as hell ain't gonna take us back there! If we sound off about this, nobody's gonna fight their fucking war for them. So they're just gonna let us roll on and on and on up here... until we're dead and we ain't ever getting off here Chuck. I'll tell you something else, Marshall Richard Cooper and his NEB command knows it goddamn well too, and thatís why he sent us a goddamn map! And your single, solitary NEB grunt came over here and got his ass shot to stop this thing! They know its pointless now!
Hendrikkson: Things ain't what they used to be.
- The strange chessboard in the opening scene is the "Game of Ur," a game from ancient Mesopotamia whose rules have been lost.
Dan O'Bannon had been working on the screenplay for Screamers (1995) as early as 1981. The October 10, 1984 draft credits Michael Campus as co-writer. It is unknown whether Campus also intended to direct.
When Joe Hendricksson and Ace Jefferson enter the N.E.B. base, Becker uses his knife to hit a pipe, the code is 3 shorts and 3 longs. This spells out "SO" in Morse code.
In the original short story by P. K. Dick the plot takes place on Earth, instead of Sirius 6B. Originally, Screamers were designed by Americans troops hiding in the moon to destroy the Russian Army after the Soviet Union had completely wiped out the United States.
At one point Hendricksson refers to someone sarcastically as "a real Perky Pat." This is a reference to the short story "The Days of Perky Pat" and the novel "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch." Both were written by Philip K. Dick, who wrote the short story "Second Variety" on which "Screamers" is based.
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