'The Dark Side Of The Moon: Unearthed Classics'
(Robert Sampson, Joe Turkel, Camilla More, John Diehl, Alan Blumenfeld, et al / Blu-ray / R / (1990) 2019 / Unearthed Films - MVD Visual)
Overview: In 2022, a repair crew is sent to fix an orbital weapon but their spaceship malfunctions and ends up heading towards the dark side of the moon.
There, in a mysterious, seemingly abandoned space shuttle, a sinister force lies in wait.
Blu-ray Verdict: SPOILERS! So, let's begin with a question: What does the Bermuda Triangle, the dark side of the moon, and the Lord of Darkness have in common?
Well, if you really want to know, seek out this little obscure sci-fi gem about a ship which begins to malfunction when it gets caught in some sort of gravitational pull.
This certain section on the moon called Centrus B 40 is the location for which the Spacecore vessel seems to be heading - Spacecore is a ship with a crew whose job is to fix nuclear armed satellites.
As the crew are heading towards the Centrus B 40, they encounter an older model NASA ship which seems to be operational. The malfunctions on the Spacecore have shut down the oxygen so the air is slowly leaving while cold air begins to exceed.
This NASA ship just might be a savior for them in disguise. They discover that this ship has air that will provide them with oxygen so the airlock is necessary.
Something, however, is on that ship (Discovery 18, to be exact) and it will awaken true terror! They find a dead man on board the Discovery ship named Gotier and there's a triangular hole around his stomach.
Soon, the crew will discover what was buried within the Discovery vessel and the film really begins to grow bizarre!
Will Bledsoe portrays Giles Stewart, the officer who uncovers unpleasant truths regarding where the Discovery actually comes from, not to mention the dead NASA flight officer.
As Giles digs, the Spacecore begins to experience odd occurrences in system malfunctions and something sinister lies within Gotier's body. Eventually it will show that no one is safe from a force of evil that can only come from he who is the ultimate symbol of it.
This film has a story that might induce laughter or eye-rolling, but if you are willing to give in and understand that this is an entertainment which is highly original and is willing to combine unusual elements into a cohesive whole.
It takes several leaps in logic to provide eerie chills and the director is very good at creeping the viewer with those who appear from the dark.
What lies within Gotier and how it affects everyone on board the Spacecore, not to mention what mysteries lie within the Discovery builds as the story continues.
A good cast - and one where it just goes to prove what can be done without big stars, a huge Hollywood budget and unnecessary CGI effects - 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' may well be from 1990, but even today it's a resoundingly good, solid film … with a great and rather jaw dropping climax!
Now released as a sparkling new Blu-ray via Unearthed Films, this is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Newly Restored 4K Transfer
Commentary with Exec Producer Paul White and Stephen Biro
Interview with Allen Blumfield
Interview with FX Artist R. Christopher Biggs
Interview with Stuntman Chuck Borden
Vintage Audio Track
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