NOT OF THIS EARTH

NOT OF THIS EARTH-United States-81 Mins. 1988

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Traci Lords as Nadine Story in Not of This Earth

Traci Lords as Nadine Story in Not of This Earth

Arthur Roberts as Mr. Johnson in Not of This Earth

Arthur Roberts as Mr. Johnson in Not of This Earth

Directed by Jim Wynorski

Screenplay by R.J. Robertson and Jim Wynorski

Based on an earlier screenplay by Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna

Let’s get this part out of the way nice and quick:

This is Traci Lords’ first legit movie after having appeared in over 60 pornographic films all while being underage.

She is naked in the film.

She looks good naked.

She looks good in a blue bikini.

Let’s move on.

A spaceship crash lands on Earth and almost immediately the occupant, in a black suit, fedora hat and sunglasses, is draining the blood of a bubble-headed blonde bimbo he finds bopping her boyfriend in the backseat of a big car. Cut to a doctor’s office; the nurse Nadine (Traci Lords, Excision, Crazy Eights) is speaking with a walk-in patient wearing, you guessed it, a black suit, fedora hat and sunglasses. Only now he’s calling himself Mr. Johnson (Arthur Roberts, Chopping Mall, Big Bad Mama II) and he’s demanding a blood transfusion and he’s willing to use hypnotic powers to get it. That, or can he hire Nadine for $2000 a week to be his live in Nurse and make sure that he doesn’t die. Nadine meets Jeremy (Lenny Juliano, Vampirella, and The Bare Wench Project), an ex-con and Johnson’s chauffeur and go-fer. Between Nadine, Jeremy and Harry (Roger Lodge, Tammy and the T-Rex, Temptress), Nadine’s cop boyfriend; the three of them figure out that something fishy is going on in a house where hookers come but never leave and people are seen leaving that never entered in the first place. Could Mr. Johnson be a-shudder-space vampire from another the Davanna? Yes. Could he be sent here because his world is near destruction? Yes. Could he be here to see here to see if his people can live on our planet and suck the blood out of all our hookers? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Okay, I just re-read that last part and it sounded ridiculous; which is a good thing. As ridiculous as the plot summary of Not of This Earth sounds; it is nowhere near as ridiculous as the actual movie. Not of This Earth is what you would call a ‘B’ movie; Bad Writing, Bad Directing, Bad Acting, Just Plain Bad. Oh wait, I forgot Boobs, which are never Bad. So why the hell did I like Not of This Earth if it’s as bad as say it is? It’s because there is never one frame of this movie that takes itself seriously. This is a movie that knows beyond of a shadow of a doubt that it is pure-t shit and it’s damn proud of being just that. What do you expect from a film that’s produced by the legendary schlockmeister himself, Roger Corman and is directed by Jim Wynorski (The Return of Swamp Thing, Dinosaur Island)? Not of This Earth gets my vote as one of the coolest bad movies of the 1980′s.

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The opening credits feature a montage of clips from various other Roger Corman movies, including Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), Forbidden World (1982), Galaxy of Terror(1981), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Battle Beyond the Sun (1959) and Piranha(1978). Sample footage from each of these movies appears numerous times throughout the movie as filler footage, as well as two full-length scenes from Hollywood Boulevard(1976) and “Humanoids from the Deep”.

Director Jim Wynorski made a bet with Roger Corman that he could shoot the movie in twelve days. Wynorski finished the film in eleven and a half days.

Arthur Roberts wore his own clothes.

Roger Lodge scratched Jim Wynorski’s car on the first day of shooting the movie.

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About Written in Blood

I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 4, 1962. I guess that makes me old, but I certainly don't feel that way. I still play video games and listen to rock and roll music. I love movies, especially horror films. I have a beautiful wife who is my all time best friend. She supports me in everything I do. More importantly, she calls me out on my bullshit. This blog is dedicated to her for everything she's done for me.

Posted on 12/11/2013, in Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Doesn’t sound like my thing, really. But maybe someday.

  2. I love Wynorski’s work. Interesting article. If you have more of his stuff on your blog, you can bet I’ll be reading it. Thank you.

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