In the year 2022 a nuclear satellite maintenance crew stranded on the dark side of the Moon discovers a space shuttle supposedly lost in the ocean on Earth 30 years ago. Finding the shuttle abandoned and empty fuel, but somehow able to maneuver, they also find on-board a body and an evil force plotting to trap and kill their crew. As the evil force possesses the crew one by one they finally realize it is Satan.
Robert Sampson (Flynn), Will Bledsoe (Giles), Joe Turkel (Paxton), Camilla More (Lesli), John Diehl (Jennings), Wendy MacDonald (McInny), Alan Blumenfeld (Steiner).
The Dark Side of the Moon is an interesting premise despite a slow start to the film. As strange things begin to happen on the maintenance ship the suspense builds well, though overlooking a busty, provocatively dressed out of place woman as the computer interface is necessary along with the ships mechanic being a computer guru. From there the Bermuda Triangle relationship is built into the film nicely before Satan is thrown into the mix as the film tries desperately to morph from a solid sci-fi into a cheap imitation horror flick, and fails. We are left with a story that is a mess delivered by a technically lacking film.
Acting wasn’t much but couldn’t have helped the film much anyway. Turkel and Diehl did the best and both felt seriously out of place. More did okay but her character was so ridiculous it was hard to take her seriously. The remainder of the supporting cast felt inexperienced to say the least.
Camera work was rough with poor quality and extremely dark shots. Sets and backgrounds were pretty good with fair attention to detail. Effects were lacking with repeated shots of the same ship in space used over and over. Gore effects were pretty good though other makeup effects were immature. Dialogue was mediocre and lacked serious energy. Sound and soundtrack were bland an uninteresting.
Overall The Dark Side of the Moon had a decent concept but failed when it tried to add a supernatural horror element (Satan) to the mix with an apparently very low budget. Serious sci-fi fans may find a bit of pleasure in this one while others will find it lacking from most aspects.
With some violence, mild foul language, sexuality, nudity, and gore this should be fine for older teens and above.
The Dark Side of the Moon is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatre.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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