Horrorfest 2022 Presents: I Come in Peace aka Dark Angel (1990, Craig R. Baxley)

Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben are mismatched partners in Craig R. Baxley’s cult camp early 1990s movie I Come in Peace, which also had the better sounding title Dark Angel. Betsy Brantley also stars as the love interest of Lundgren’s Jack, a battle hardened cop who begins fighting a local drug cartal and ends up battling a drug dealing alien. One who creates his own drug from the fluids of people. I’m still in awe that this movie exists.

Sure this is a goofy and even humorous mix of action, sci-fi, horror and buddy cop genres, still it all works to a certain effect. This movie has the look and feel of an 1980s flick that snuck into the early 1990s, and the evil alien mostly looks and sounds as if he’s a normal person with certain exceptions. I was fine with that, and this movie wields explosions so many times you could turn it into a fun drinking game.

Honestly I’m bummed they never made a sequel to this one, as it called for one and Dolph Lundgren should have been a much bigger action star. Seeing two aliens battle it out is also pretty radical, and sure the plot works if you check your brain at the door. Explosions! Aliens! Government agents! They don’t make em like they used to.

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