Deceit is a very strange film. It is a work of minimalist science-fiction there are no effects and the most overtly fantastical it ever gets is the provision of a single glass cube. It is a two-person character melodrama and uses only a single set an abandoned warehouse. Mostly it seems like an experimental improvised stage drama. It could almost be one of the existential alien visitor films made around the same time with the likes of Man Facing Southeast (1986) and Friendships Death (1987) that featured aliens about which there was some ambiguity as to whether they were real or just deranged individuals, and in particular The Caller (1988), an ostensible thriller with two people playing weird psychological games with each other that opened up into a surprise science-fiction twist ending.
That said, Deceit is rather awful. The two-person melodrama goes on for a long time and is terribly indulgent. There is that which strains the patience the opening shot, for instance, consists of around five minutes of Norbert Weisser twitching and gyrating in the dust in front of a chain link fence outside a factory. There are bizarre pieces of dialogue: Why blow up the Earth? Because it pays well. The final climactic showdown is amazingly incoherent and features some very silly and over-the-top acting from Scott Paulin. By this point in the film, Albert Pyun has clearly gone well beyond the point of taking any of it seriously any more. At the end, Diane de Foes intergalactic cop departs, giving advice to Samantha Phillips: Today is almost tomorrow. And remember if youre looking for someone to fall in love with try yourself. Youre pretty philosophical. Im a cop. The final shot has Diane de Foe note Today is tomorrow. And things better get better. Or else, and then turning to look into the camera.
One can also note the appearance of the names of characters that would later reappear in other Albert Pyun films Scott Paulin plays Brick Bardo (a name that was originally used as a pseudonym by one of the stock players in several Ray Dennis Steckler films) who later became the title intergalactic cop in Pyuns Dollman; while Pyun regular Norbert Weissers character is also billed as Farnsworth III, which compares to a Farnsworth II who was the killer android in Nemesis 3: Time Lapse (1995).
Albert Pyuns other films are: The Sword and the Sorceror (1982), Radioactive Dreams (1986), Vicious Lips/Pleasure Planet (1987), Alien from L.A. (1988), the uncredited Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988), Cyborg (1989), Captain America (1990), Dollman (1990), Brain Smasher: A Love Story (1993), Knights (1993), Nemesis (1993), Arcade (1994), Heatseeker (1995), Hong Kong 1997 (1994), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995), Nemesis 3: Timelapse (1995), Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996), Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1996), Omega Doom (1996), Postmortem (1997), Ticker (2001), Infection (2005), Cool Air (2006), Bulletface (2007), Left for Dead (2007), Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014) and Interstellar Civil War (2017).
Clip from the film here:-