The Terror Within (1989) *1/2
D: Thierry Notz
C: George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreeff, Terri Treas, John LaFayette, Tommy Hinkley
P: In the post nuke future, a group of survivors holed up in an underground bunker rescue a pregnant woman from a gargoyle attack above ground, but she is carrying a mutated baby that bursts through her stomach and proceeds to kill everyone off.
In The Terror Within, the characters are stuck underground with a food supply that is running out, a killer monster running amok and the constant threat of danger above ground. The film fails to capture a feeling of desperation. There is no feeling of immediacy as to the situation that these characters are stuck in. There is no feeling of hopelessness.
As for the editing, it has a curious habit of letting things drag. There is no sense of excitement as to when the monster is going to appear or not. There is no sense of wonder or awe. The Terror Within maunders from one scene to the next. The film has an interesting cast and an interesting story that combines elements of The Day the World Ended & Alien, but does absolutely nothing with them. Even the worst of Roger Corman's productions aren't guilty of boring. However, The Terror Within is guilty as charged. [R] 89 mins.