The Dark Side of the Moon (1990)

“The Dark Side of the Moon” is one of the many, many retreads of “Alien” and “Aliens” that came out in the late ’80s and early ’90s, but unlike others like, say, “Creature” or “Leviathan,” “The Dark Side of the Moon” is a downright bore. There’s none of the intensity or imagination of the aforementioned “Alien” movies, but there’s also of the goofy charms that some of these low-budget rip-offs have: Instead of being fun in a dorky, “can-you-believe-how-blatant-this-is” kind of way, it’s just overlong and mediocre. It’s the worst kind of genre video release from its era because it’s bland and repetitive, going one from one tedious conversation among underdeveloped, poorly acted characters to another repeated ad nauseum, with occasional bursts of regrettable action that are too silly to be impactful and too vanilla to be memorable. By the time you notice that the same sets are being regurgitated from different angles in a fruitless attempt to mask the limited budget, you’re too checked out to really care. Skip it.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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