A weak derivative in the man-versus-monster genre, DEAD SPACE is the equivalent of the grade-B programmers churned out by American International Pictures during the 1950s.
A botched experiment in viral research at a high-security laboratory on the distant planet Phabton (which strangely resembles the American Southwest) produces a quickly mutating creature that is a lot harder to kill than create. In the opening sequence, a lab technician cuts his finger; the next
time we see him, he's out on the floor with a disfigured face, while the guilty virus throbs away.
The next sequence takes place aboard a delta-winged spacecraft piloted by Tinpan (Rod Hall), a r...