Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fred Olen Ray J: Hybrid (1997)

Feel free to hate me for this one.  Today's film is Hybrid, a film that I know mostly by reputation.  I know that it has a shower scene in it and that Ray Directed it.  Beyond that, I know nothing.  So what is the film about?  Well, I guess the Earth is kind of shitty and a bunch of people go to an Army base.  Faster than you can say 'Seriously, that's the best you could do?', a monster of some sort attacks them.  I feel like I've reviewed this film about 50 times.  If I just stuck to reviewing the film, it would be kind of one note.  Fortunately, the movie made my job easier.  This is perhaps the most insulting way to open a film that I've ever seen.  If you want to know more, read on...
This shot of Earth is very Stock.  I think it's from Planet of the Dinosaurs, but I can't confirm that.  That's just the beginning though...
After this, some random shots of space ships from Galaxy of Terror seem to attack...well, stock footage of Los Angeles.

Is it the flying footage from Nick Knight?  Maybe.
Here's something interesting.  The alien from Star Hunter randomly shows up.

Seriously, there's no context.  They just throw him in there (since Roger Corman Produced it)!
Seriously, these shots from Forbidden World (which I think was actually Stock Footage from Battle Beyond The Stars to begin with) are just randomly-inserted.  How is this a narrative at all?
Hey look- Earthquake footage.  Corman didn't own that, but I guess that he just didn't give a shit.
Seriously, you just cut to the robot from Forbidden World now!  You can't just do that.  
How do they wrap it all up, you ask?  Well, it goes a little something like this...
To make a long story short, this has no narration and thus no connection to any sort of narrative.  It's just two minutes of random crap.  The End.
I should probably review the actual film, huh?  Honestly, there's not much to say.  Hybrid is a dull, by-the-numbers Sci-Fi/Horror film about a killer monster in a scientific facility.  It couldn't be more stock if it was a Gamera film!  There's really not much to say.  Here's one thing I can say to sum up the film's serious issues though.  They hired a Porn Actress named Nikki Fritz to play a small part.  Basically, she shows up in the beginning, fires a gun (one of two in the film's budget) and dies.  Later on, the two female leads indulge in a bit of (R-Rated) shower play.  So, to summarize, they hired a Porn Actress and put her in an action scene.  They hired regular Actresses to do nudity.  Just try to wrap your head around that!  Hybrid is not an interesting film, but it does have amazingly-cheap opening credits.  That and this sardonic teaser for a sequel...
Next up, I'll actually review the film.  It's all about Snakes...on a Submarine.  Stay tuned...

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