The Museum of Natural History is no place to be roaming at night,
especially if Kothoga is running around loose in the place.
Commenting on the film, producer Gale Anne Hurd says that 'the
characters, trapped in a place that is already frightening after
hours, are forced to confront the most terrifying creature ever
seen on screen.' She also admits that she loves 'seeing movies
where I am terrified, surprised and scared out of my wits.'
That's definitely the right kind of producer to be put on a film
Director Peter Hyams, who has given us such fun features in the
past as Outland and Capricorn One, has delivered another treat.
From the Nosferatu-like ship-of-death to the Alien-like
apparition in the corridors to the Terminator-like chase scene,
it's all fright time in the popcorn palace. Stan Winston is the
man responsible for bringing the monster to life, so that's a
definite plus right there. Superb points, Stan. Choreographer
John Alexander worked with two actors for months in order to
develop movements for one of several full-size creature suits.
Of course, there are also animatronics and other FX. Kathoga,
the creature, has developed a certain taste for the human
pituitary and is extremely well equipped to gain access to it.
See the film and you'll see what I mean. Just keep your heads.
The basic premise of the tale involves a virus that, once
introduced into human DNA, can produce a hormone that produces
dramatic physical changes. (So watch out for any fungus on your
lettuce leaves.) If Reagan had just been around at the start of
the film, he could have told the professor to just say no.
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