Directed by: Robert Dyke
Robots with the ability to multiply and kill, steal the space-craft of two agents sent to neutralise the threat. After the discovery of an ancient woman who has been frozen in time, they are forced to fight for their lives, and to save Earth from a planned invasion.
- "We have to go back to the Moon"
Brilliantly original premise: Hostile alien mechanism is determined to have come from Earth's own moon! Obviously we must have missed a spot during our original explorations. A return mission to the moon is undertaken with the only technology at our disposal: the Saturn 5, Orbiter, and Lunar Module, instantly making this little gem more mature and believable than most. Worth a look.
- A dark evil lives on the moon...
The elaborate and fanciful (too say the very least) special effects highlight this fun genre outing, with a plot that has too astronauts traveling to the moon, only to discover a race of robots, bent on invading earth. Adequate performances, decent enough script, and a great twisted ending.
- great inspiration for "Virus". Moontrap is a movie that totally worth the look for any fans of B movies with crappy music and a not so good story but still quite interesting to watch because of all the great ideas that it got. The special effects were very impressing for a low budget film. The spaceships were better than most of those in all sci-fi movies that I have seen in years. The idea of the killing robots using humans to built themselves was a wonderful idea. All Bruce Campbell fans will enjoy Moontrap. His performance in this movie is completely amazing. It equals what he did in the "Evil Dead" trilogy.
- The best thing about MOONTRAP is its visuals. The scene of the two giant Robots holding the astronauts in their arms looks like it came from the cover of some classic science fiction magazine. There's a real sense of style and some good haunting visuals usually involving these robot creatures.
- This movie is surprisingly good and so is the music!
Walter was excellent in his portrayal of the mission commander sent to explore a base hidden on the moon. A human is discovered there and they join the two men as they try to overcome the alien menace. The music is very moody and creepy, so it adds alot to the tense atmosphere the film creates to draw you in. Most people who watch the movie might not know but unless you stay through the credits, you'll miss the audio only portion where one of the characters speaks as the credits rolls. Definitely a part you'll find amusing! Regardless of what others have said, I highly recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction!
- An Independent Film made by guys who love sci fi
Most of the so called "reviewers" of MOONTRAP seem to not realize that this film was made in Detroit by people who (with a very limited budget) were trying to make an entertaining science fiction film. If may have succeeded or failed, but at least they were trying to create something with independently raised money. Instead of sitting back and criticizing others without ever doing any production of their own, they made the eff
- Good B SciFi
While the story line was typical SciFi, Walter Koenig did an excellent job breaking away from his Star Trek character. The movie is worth watching for his performance. The special effects are average but considering the films budget they are not bad. This movie could use a remake or a follow-up of what happens after the ending of the movie.
- The movie that introduced me to science-fiction
Space shuttle pilots Grant and Tanner discover a giant alien spacecraft between earth and moon. During an investigation, Grant finds a football-like thing and a corpse of a 14'000-year old astronaut! Back on Earth, in a NASA laboratory, the mentioned football-thing comes to life and combines itself with the corpse! The result can only be described as sort of a zombie-robot killing machine. It soon wreaks havoc on everything in his path, but Grant manages to destroy it. On moon, Grant and Tanner then discover the remainings of an ancient civilisation! Inside a giant palace, they find the female survivor of a war that took place there 14'000 years ago, and they have to fight against other zombie-robot creatures. They are not aware that they brought the final piece of technique (their landing capsule) to the moon that allows an army of robot-aliens (known as "Kaaliun") to finish their spacecraft in order to conquer the earth! They've been waiting for 14'000 years, and now Grant must find a way to stop them...
I really don't understand why everybody calls this a B-movie. Maybe it was not in theatres in the US, but it was in Europe. The special effects are great. Of course, they used models in several scenes, but it was good model work. The film has exactly the kind of wonderful and frightening (thanks to Joseph LoDuca's score) atmosphere that makes science-fiction movies great. And we have Walter Koenig and the incredible Bruce Campbell, what more could we ask for? Yes, the movie isn't perfect, but what movie is? Yes, it can't be taken seriously, like most other SF movies either, and yes, a higher budget would have added to the film's quality, but the budget can't have been that low either. This film is also NOT an "Alien" rip-off and NOT a "TERMINATOR" rip-off, nor a rip-off of any other movie. It's idea has absolutely nothing in common with the mentioned SF classics and is very original. Contrary, it has been ripped-off by John Bruno's "Virus" in 1999. If you really call yourself a fan of SF movies, you simply can't dislike "Moontrap".
Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Koenig .... Col. Jason Grant
Bruce Campbell .... Ray Tanner
Leigh Lombardi .... Mera
Robert Kurcz .... Koreman
John J. Saunders .... Barnes
Reavis Graham .... Haskell
Tom Case .... Beck
Judy Levitt .... Intrepid Commander
Reuben Yabuku .... Intrepid Pilot
Doug Childs .... Grant's Son
Mariafae Mytnyk .... Research Assistant
James A. Courtney .... Lieutenant
Tony Abruzzo .... Soldier #1
Tom Whalen .... Soldier #2
Pat Carozzo .... Waitress
Runtime: USA:92 min