Zarkorr! The Invader (1996)

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Zarkorr! The Invader
The American poster for Zarkorr! The Invader
Directed by Aaron Osborne, Michael Deak
Producer(s) Charles Band, Sally Clarke,
Michael Deak, Albert Band (executive)
Written by Neal Marshall Stevens
Music by Richard Band
Distributor Full Moon EntertainmentUS
Rating PG[1]
Running time 79 minutes
(1 hour, 19 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
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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.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

  • Proctor
  • U.S. bombers (mentioned)

Production[edit | edit source]

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.[2]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

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.

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Giant Monster Zarkorr (巨大怪獣ザルコー,   Kyodai Kaijū Zarukō, Japan)

Video releases[edit | edit source]

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.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Zarkorr! The Invader trailer
Zarkorr! The Invader end credits
The Creation Of: Zarkorr! The Invader

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.[3] This referential naming gag was used again for the follow-up film Kraa! The Sea Monster.[4][5]

References[edit | edit source]

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