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(aka "Horrorplanet" or "Doom Seeds" or "Insecticide" or "Horror Planet" or "Insemenoid")

 

Directed by Norman J. Warren
USA 1982

 

When an archaeological expedition team arrive on a planet to investigate a strange tomb-like object, things go very wrong indeed. Initially, one of the crew – Gary - falls victim to some kind of explosion. He is brought back to base alive but in a Quatermass-style trance, and soon wrecks havoc but is eventually stopped by Stephanie Beacham’s ray gun. But it gets worse. If the cosmonauts aren’t getting wiped out by a largely unseen physical presence, then they’re committing all sorts of questionable actions, such as sawing their own feet off. Next, Sandy (Judy Geeson) is strapped to a table and impregnated by a huge alien with what appears to be a transparent tube penis carrying mushy pea semen. Aliens have no sense of romance. From this point forwards, Sandy goes quite insane. Her mind and body seem to be possessed by the alien evil and she will stop at nothing to give birth to the babies, which are developing at vastly accelerated speed. This of course includes killing and eating her concerned colleagues.

Excerpt from EatMyBrains located HERE

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This unsettling British Alien clone (released in the U.K. under the sleazy title Inseminoid) is set in the labyrinthine underground caverns of a remote planet, where a team of scientific explorers find themselves in the bizarre predicament of defending themselves from a rampaging, pregnant crew member (Judy Geeson). It seems the poor woman has been impregnated by a slime-covered insectoid alien (as depicted in a surreal and truly disgusting flashback), and the resulting hormonal imbalance has transformed her into an inhumanly strong, psychopathic killer. She promptly sets about dismembering and eating everyone in sight (no doubt because of the baby's nutritional requirements) before finally giving birth to a pair of snarling little mutants bearing a more-than-passing resemblance to the terror tykes from the It's Alive series. Aside from the admittedly "unique" premise, this is a fairly standard rip-off -- complete with characters resembling their Alien counterparts -- and the lovely Geeson's rabid, eye-popping performance is more than a bit uncomfortable to watch. The American video release is missing a great deal of the original's graphic violence.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 23rd, 1981

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Part of Indicator's Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren, 1976-1987 with Satan's Slave, Prey, Terror, Inseminoid and Bloody New Year

    

Distribution Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:31:55.927        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,389,068,450 bytes

Feature: 26,710,306,368 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.43 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,389,068,450 bytes

Feature: 26,710,306,368 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.43 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with Warren and assistant director Gary White (2004)
The BEHP Interview with Norman J Warren – Part Two (2018, 01:09:20 mins): archival video recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Warren in conversation with Martin Sheffield
Norman J Warren at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (2011, 01:01:50 mins): archival video recording of the director in conversation with horror author John Llewellyn Probert
Subterranean Universe (2004, 44:46 mins): archival documentary on the making of Inseminoid, featuring interviews with Warren, actors Stephanie Beacham, David Baxt and Barry Houghton, and others
Alien Encounter (2019, 6:02 mins): actor Trevor Thomas recalls playing the part of Mitch
Electronic Approach (2004, 13:10 mins): archival interview with composer John Scott
Original theatrical trailers
Horror Planet teaser trailer
TV spot
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 4th, 2019
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (August 2019): "Inseminoid" has its world premiere on Blu-ray thanks to Indicator, as part of their new Blu-ray boxset "Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren, 1976-1987". This a 2K restoration, newly supervised and approved by director Norman J Warren. The dual-layered Blu-ray disc features the film with a completely maxed out bitrate. Let's get right to the point - this transfer looks incredible. Whether it is the vivid, lifelike (or alien lifelike) colors, fine film grain, or immaculate clarity showing precise detail, this Blu-ray disc is a winner. The real icing on the cake is the rather robust contrast levels on display here, a very key feature for a film that revels in moments of shadows and scary things lurking in the dark.

NOTE: One source has mentioned the Blu-ray skips, but our screener played without issue.

What is very pleasing is that Indicator have included the original uncompressed mono track, in 24-bit linear PCM 1.0. John Scott's
John Scott (A Study in Terror, 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Ted Kotcheff's classic Wake in Fright, Billy Two Hats, plus Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Cop-Out, Symptoms, and Cult Camp Classics like 1970's Trog with Joan Crawford)
rather affecting electronic score features nicely on this uncompressed track, giving the film a certain uneasiness and tension without being too distracting. There are new and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on this Region 'Free' Blu-ray from Indicator.

Indicator, as they are wont to do, have absolutely stacked this
Blu-ray release with bonus features. Up first is a feature-length commentary with director Norman J. Warren and assistant director Gary White (that was recorded in 2004). Up next is the second part of the EHP Interview with Norman J Warren; a 69-minute archival video recording made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Warren in conversation with Martin Sheffield. Here the director discusses his career from 1976-2018. Following this is the 62-minute discussion with Warren at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films from 2011. This archival video recording is of the director in conversation with horror author and quite lively host, John Llewellyn Probert. "Subterranean Universe" is a 45-minute archival documentary on the making of Inseminoid, featuring interviews with Warren, actors Stephanie Beacham, David Baxt and Barry Houghton, and many others. "Alien Encounter" is a 6-minute interview with actor Trevor Thomas recalling playing the part of Mitch in "Inseminoid". "Electronic Approach" is a 13-minute archival interview with composer John Scott, featuring sequences from the film that highlight his impressive electronic score. There is a separate menu featuring a ton of trailers, including the "Horror Planet" (alternate title) teaser trailer, as well as a TV spot. Rounding out the disc is an image gallery featuring behind the scenes photos, headshots, and alternate posters and video covers. The Blu-ray boxset includes a limited edition exclusive 120-page book with a new essay by Adrian Smith, archival interviews, articles and on-set reports, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits and more.

Norman J. Warren's "Inseminoid" is further proof (as if we needed any) that the director could not just master any old genre picture, but could imbue it with a completely unique sense of dread and sexual tension. Though some may prefer his more explicitly 'weirder' or salacious pictures, this is a fine example of a director utilizing a great team to make a low-budget picture that looks like a blockbuster. Indicator's new 2K transfer will make you wonder what the hell a 4K print could look like, since this is rather beautiful. The extras, oh the extras.... if you have even the slightest inkling to delve into the life and work of Warren, this set (and this
Blu-ray in particular) will certainly whet your whistle. Highly recommended to fans of off-beat cinema and genre (sci-fi/horror) pictures. 

Gary Tooze

 


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