Every day seems to bring a new release celebrating the anniversary of some well known movie from the past. Moontrap may not be that well known, but Olive Films is honoring the Walter Koenig/Bruce Campbell sci-fi horror flick’s 25th anniversary with its first ever DVD/Blu-ray release.
It would probably be fair to call Moontrap an obscure film these days since it has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray (at least in the US) since its brief theatrical run and video release all the way back in 1989. VHS and gray market DVDs have been the only way to see the movie until now.
The best way to describe Moontrap to the uninitiated is to imagine a Stuart Gordon-esque splicing of Alien and Hardware.
During a routine flight, two veteran space shuttle pilots (“Star Trek’s” Walter Koenig and Evil Dead’s Bruce Campbell) discover an alien artifact and bring it back to earth. It soon turns out to be an extraterrestrial war robot that is able to recycle any biological or technical material for its own deadly use. The two astronauts are sent to the Moon, where NASA expects to uncover the mystery of the alien robot’s origin. They discover an ancient humanoid culture and battle the ultimate threat of the war machines heading to earth.
The film has been newly remastered in HD for its special 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release coming from Olive Films on November 4th. Disc extras will include a new video interview with Bruce Campbell and Walter Koenig, another new video interview with director Robert Dyke and writer Tex Ragsdale, and an audio commentary track with Dyke and Ragsdale.
Turns out a sequel is also in the works coming next year.
Dyke and Ragsdale have reunited for Moontrap: Target Earth, currently in post-production. No Koenig or Campbell this time. The sequel stars Sarah Butler of the I Spit on Your Grave remake and Charles Shaughnessy, best known for sitcom “The Nanny” and soap “Days of Our Lives.” Damon Dayoub co-stars.
You can view a pair of production stills below and see lots more on the film’s Facebook page.
Moontrap: Target Earth deals with the discovery of an ancient spacecraft on Earth, left behind by an advanced human civilization, now lost in the distant past. A young woman studying the ship suddenly finds herself transported to the Moon to confront the gigantic machines that guard the secrets of those long-ago lunar voyagers.
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