SCARED TO DEATH
Scared to Death was intended by William Malone as a copy of Alien (1979). It was one of the first of a great horde of Alien copies to make its way into theatres and video. Malone is fairly open about it having been a film designed as such for commercial purpose, as well as one that also drew on his experience as a makeup creator. You have to accept Scared to Death as being exactly that the look of the creature is certainly blatantly imitative of H.R. Giger (as was the case of most of the low-budget Alien copies that followed).
As a novice director, Malones directorial style is crude and far removed from the masterful suspense generated by Ridley Scott. He draws the suspense scenes out in over-obvious ways and lets the film plod in between. Indeed, the opening scene with a camera peeping in on a girl undressing, hearing noises and the lights going out gives you the impression that you are watching a slasher film rather than a monster movie. The plot does a serviceable job of bringing Alien away from space and down to contemporary Earth and providing a nominal genetic experiment amok justification. The main complaint might be that it takes over an hour of the running time before the script gets the hero/heroine and the monster together and even longer than that before they get an explanation of what the creature is.
A sequel was later made without William Malones involvement with Syngenor (1990). This Scared to Death is not in any way related to nor should be confused with the creaky old Bela Lugosi thriller Scared to Death (1947).
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