Zarkorr! The Invader (1996)
Zarkorr! The Invader is a 1996 American direct-to-video giant monster film produced by Full Moon Pictures under their Monster Island Entertainment label. It was released on VHS on April 30, 1996.
The monster Zarkorr bursts out of Mount Aurora in California and begins to rampage. In Newark, New Jersey, a postman named Tommy Ward has his dinner interrupted by Proctor, an alien who takes the form of a six-inch-tall teenage girl. She represents an organization which has chosen him to defend Earth against Zarkorr, which they control, because exactly half of all humans are more equipped to deal with the monster than he is. Turning on the news, he is stunned to see a report on Zarkorr's battle with the Californian National Guard. Proctor offers no explanation for why the aliens are doing this, only that their status as superior lifeforms allows them to do anything they want to Earth. She adds that Zarkorr cannot be defeated by any of humanity's weapons, although he "contains the key to his own destruction." The monster will also instinctively pursue Tommy wherever he goes.
Tommy sneaks into the WRPT news studio to speak with the crptozoologist Dr. Stephanie Martin, who appeared on the program to talk about Zarkorr. He explains himself so poorly that the station calls security on him. He appears to surrender, but grabs one of the men's revolvers while his guard is down and takes Stephanie hostage. As her drags her into a bathroom, two police officers, George and Larry, arrive on the scene and order the employees to leave. Tommy manages to convince George, a UFO conspiracist, that he's telling the truth, and disarms Larry. George drives them away in his squad car.
Meanwhile, Zarkorr continues his trek towards Tommy, unleashing his eye lasers against buildings and military units. Tommy, Stephanie, and George listen on the radio as Air Force bombers attack him with napalm to no avail. After learning that the police are looking for them, they hide the car in an abandoned warehouse. Tommy hands Stephanie his spare revolver in an attempt to gain his trust. She takes them to an eccentric computer hacker named Arthur, who searches government databases for information on Zarkorr. They hit upon the idea of finding the monster's "off switch," prompting Arthur to focus on data from Aurora Mountain just before Zarkorr emerged. He finds that multiple NORAD radar stations briefly experienced a glitch less than two hours beforehand. After further analysis, he concludes that the object which activated the monster is located in the small town of Williston, Arizona. He books them two flights and a rental car, gives them a GPS receiver to help pinpoint the object, and sends them on their way.
Having changed into black suits, Tommy, Stephanie, and George are mistaken for government agents by Williston's sheriff. He leads them to the diner where the object, circular and harder than diamond, landed a few days ago. They store it in the trunk of their car and drive towards the monster. Local police stop them at a roadblock outside of the city Zarkorr is devastating, but Tommy drives the car past it after Stephanie and George step out. When they finally meet face-to-face, Zarkorr fires volley after volley of his eye lasers at Tommy, narrowly missing him. Using the object as a shield, Tommy manages to reflect Zarkorr's lasers back at him, turning him into a ball of energy which flies back into space. He awakens in the hospital to discover he and his friends have been recognized as saviors of the world. During an interview with WRPT, he ponders running for president.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Aaron Osborne
- Written by Neal Marshall Stevens
- Produced by Charles Band, Sally Clarke, Michael Deak
- Executive producing by Albert Band
- Music by Richard Band
- Cinematography by Joe C. Maxwell
- Edited by Felix Chamberlain
- Production design by Danielle Berman
- Assistant directing by Franklin A. Vallette
- Special effects by Michael Deak
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Rhys Pugh as Tommy Ward
- DePrise Grossman as Stephanie Martin
- Mark Hamilton as George Ray
- Charles Schneider as Arthur
- Eileen Wesson as Debby Dalverson
- Torie Lynch as Proctor
- Franklin Vallette as Horace
- Don Yanan as Dunk
- Peter Looney as Billy
- Dyer McHenry as Al
- Stan Chambers as Stan
- Elizabeth Anderson as Herself
- Robert Craighead as Marty Karlson
- Mary Ostow as Reporter
- Jim Glassman as Stage Manager
- Emmett Grennan as Crew Member
- Mike Terner as Guard One
- Robert J. Ferrelli as Guard Two
- Ron Barnes as Larry Bates
- Bob Van Dusen as Winston Bergmann
- Christopher Boyer as John Blake
- William Knight as Sheriff Rocker
- Dave Richards as Welles
- Ben Ramsey as Quincy
- Steven Novak as State Trooper
- R. Allan Bexton as Doctor
Weapons, vehicles, and races
The Zarkorr scenes directed by Michael Deak were filmed before Neal Marshall Stevens wrote the script. Principal photography took place over the course of less than a week.
Full Moon advertised two Creature Collections for Zarkorr! The Invader in the horror fan magazine Fangoria, with the first package including eight lobby cards and nine trading cards, and the second adding a copy of the film's script and a six-foot poster.
- Giant Monster Zarkorr (巨大怪獣ザルコーJapan) Kyodai Kaijū Zarukō,
Full Moon VHS (1996)
- Tapes: 1
- Audio: English
- Special features: Behind-the-scenes featurette and teaser trailer for Kraa! The Sea Monster
Full Moon DVD (2004)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: English (2.0)
- Subtitles: None
- Special features: Trailers for other Full Moon films
- Notes: Spine and back cover incorrectly state that the film is rated PG-13.
- One of the buildings Zarkorr destroys as he crosses the Arizona-New Mexico border belongs to the A-Cycle Light Company, named after a weapon from Invasion of Astro-Monster.
- Zarkorr's name is a direct reference to a character from a story in the Marvel Comics comic book Tales of Suspense #35 (November 1962), "I Accepted the Deadly Challenge of Zarkorr!" Despite appearing in a comic book well known for its giant monster stories, Zarkorr was a human-sized alien visitor. This referential naming gag was used again for the follow-up film Kraa! The Sea Monster.
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