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This action-packed sci-fi thriller is set upon the planet Sirius 6B in the year 2078. The planet has been decimated by a vast nuclear war. Many have survived, but their continued survival is threatened by the dreaded screamers, strange shape-changing mechanical creatures who use razor sharp knives to hack up any life-form in their way. They earned their name because when they kill, they make a horrible high pitched sound. The first screamer makes its appearance as a lone soldier approaches a bunker. He has come to deliver an important message from the NEB to its enemy the Alliance.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Based on a short story by the great nutball sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, Screamers is more like a high-pitched rip-off of Alien."
‑ Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
"Until it succumbs to one cliche too many, Screamers, which was directed by Christian Duguay, does an efficient job of generating a stomach-knotting tension."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"not as cool as it could be"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"It's one of those movies that is bad enough to be boring and incomprehensible, but not bad enough (most of the time) to be reprehensible or riotously funny."
‑ Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
"Had Screamers been made in 1980 it would have achieved classic status."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"A fun, fast-paced futuristic thriller with enough jolts per frame to keep even the most impatient action fan happy."
‑ Brendan Kelly, Variety
"There's nothing exhilarating or enjoyable in any of this."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"Sacrifices last traces of plausibility and common sense for the sake of "surprise" twist that any experienced viewer could have predicted ages ago."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Might just as well have gone straight to video instead of movie-theater screens, since it is every bit as cheesy, underdeveloped and gore-filled as the tape-rentals that fill sci-fi/horror shelves monthly."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It remains reasonably faithful to the original short story, the production values are okay and some of the dialogue is pretty effective."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"The design and effects teams have lent scale and impact to the futuristic locations and sets. If only Duguay's flashy, aimless direction had succeeded in filling these barren wastes and antiseptic interiors with something resembling human life."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Screamers oozes atmosphere. It's a dark film that borrows heavily from the likes of the Alien films, Dune, Blade Runner, and John Carpenter's updated The Thing."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Screamers is inundated with movie cliches, stock characters, stolen premises and scenes that just don't make sense."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"The movie ends with a weak gimmick, and leaves you with the feeling that it could have done better had it had more trust in itself and its own concepts."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
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