Classic B-Movies don’t come better than a Roger Corman production although ‘89s The Terror Within is not among one of his best nor is it one of his worst. In a post-apocalyptic world a group of survivors are holed up in a military bunker away from the devastating effects of a war that had catastrophic effects on everyone left exposed above. One of the after effects of the war is the existence of deadly mutants that populate the earth and kill everything they come into contact with. What these mutants don’t kill they mate with to continue their species.
Hal (George Kennedy) is the leader of this group of survivors that are trying to survive in this harsh new world. During a routine hunt for food and supplies on the surface, part of Hal’s team discovers evidence that humans have been living on the surface without any effects from exposure but one of these humans carry the offspring of the mutants within her. When this survivor from the surface world is brought back to the bunker the mutant baby hatches and all hell breaks loose within the bunker and Hal and his group of survivors must hunt down the mutant before it hunts them down and kills them all.
Like any Corman film this film borrows heavily from other films especially Alien (1979) and a plethora of Corman’s own sci-fi and fantasy films. Kennedy was a well-known character actor of the ‘80s and ‘90s and is a big draw for this film even though he has limited face time. The rest of the film has an equally capable cast and what the film lacks in originality it more than makes up for it in entertainment value and gore.
Corman’s films have never been one to shy away from monsters and despite the low-fi special FX it delivers in entertaining the audience who has come to expect the cheesy stories and monsters.