Apr 17

Within The Rock

withintherockGenre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 1996
Country: USA

aka: Armagheddon, Spacegate, Spacetrek, Terror Moon

Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Starring: Xander Berkeley, Caroline Barclay, Bradford Tatum, Brian Krause, Barbara Patrick


The ultimate predator… unleashed


It is the year 2019 and a moon called Galileo’s Child is discovered heading towards planet Earth. A specialized team of miners is gathered for a mission to be sent up to it to planet explosives to change its path.

The team is led by Dr. Dana Shaw and she quickly looses control over the mission to the greedy leader of the miners Ryan. While they stop drilling for a while to carved out some valuable platinum, they accidentally sets free an alien creature that are out for blood. They now have to fight this beast to not only survive themselves, but to also save planet Earth.

An asteroid… no wait, a moon heading towards earth and we send up people to drill it and put explosives in it? Where could I have seen that before… Sounds like Armageddon doesn’t it? Take away the creature and focus more on the crew before they head out into space and give it a lighter mood and a bucketload of millions more and you would be right, and Armageddon came out two years after this.

Within the Rocks is a decent made for TV sci-fi/horror film. They do a good job of giving us an alien setting and a hideous monster, but also fails to let us feel the terror of the characters who are stranded on an alien planet with a bloodthirsty monster coming after them. I’m not sure how much heart was put into this film, it seems like everyone involved is just there for the money. The characters aren’t developed at all, there isn’t any suspense whatsoever and it does become very predictable.

But even if they failed to involve the viewer very much, the setting alone makes it a decent time waster. Xander Berkeley plays a douchebag again, a role he seemed to have perfected at that point. The character could use some more work though or just more effort from Berkeley. Caroline Barclay is good eye candy as Dana Shaw and Brian Krause from Sleepwalkers played one of the characters, although I hardly noticed him.

Within the Rock was the first film directed by the special effects wizard Gary J. Tunnicliffe. He did a few other films, but has mostly worked in his expert field ever since and it seems like he is doing quite well. I guess some of the problems comes from his lack of experience here, but I do give credit for the attention to detail when it comes to the set. The monster might not go down in any history book, but I liked it and thought the look of it was appropriate for this film.

Within the Rock is decent, but nothing more. The scene that brough out most emotions from me was when one of the crew proudly took out his video game on a floppy disk, I guess they weren’t aware that CD-ROMs were taking over by that point. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, but if it where to come on one night on TV and there’s nothing else on, then give it a shot.




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