The Intruder Within (1981 film)

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The Intruder Within, AKA Lucifer Rig, Alien Rig, (1981)

Summary

"ALIEN is back again on our own planet Earth - terror and death strike as monster preys upon trapped victims!" Mixing elements of Alien and The Thing from Another World, this film tells the story of an isolated oil rig crew near the antarctic who unearth the eggs of a strange parasitic monster from the dawn of time, which infects the crew and begins killing them off, one-by-one.

Details

  • Release Date: 1981
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller, made-for-TV
  • Setting: 1980s Ocean
  • Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
  • Starring: Chad Everett, Joseph Bottoms, Jennifer Warren
  • Director: Peter Carter
  • Writer: Ed Waters
  • Producer/Production Co: Furia/Oringer Productions
  • View Trailer: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (it would have been the equivalent of a TV-PG for mild Violence and very mild Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

I've not seen this film, but it looks like it basically tells the same story as The Thing (1982 film) and Alien (1979 film), but with a little less cosmic horror than on display in those better-known sci-fi/horror films.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

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Mixing elements of Alien and The Thing from Another World, this film tells the story of an isolated oil rig crew near the antarctic who unearth the eggs of a strange parasitic monster from the dawn of time, which infects the crew and begins killing them off, one-by-one.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The monster's design is sometimes attributed to H.R. Giger, but this appears to be an exaggeration, related to an attempt to sell the film as an unofficial sequel to Alien, a film Giger did design the monster for.


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