||Norman J. Warren
||Jupiter Film Productions
||Butcher's Film Service
||22 March 1981
Inseminoid (titled Horror Planet in the United States) is a British film of science fictionand horror released in 1981. Norman J. Warren's eighth motion picture, the plot ofInseminoid concerns a group of future scientists excavating the ruins of an ancient civilisation on a distant planet. When a monstrous alien creature attacks andinseminates one of the women in the team, chaos ensues as the unbalanced victim, possessing unnatural strength, murders her colleagues one after another in a psychotic bid to protect her unborn twin hybrid offspring.
Filmed between May and June 1980, Inseminoid is based on a script from Nick and Gloria Maley, a couple who had contributed to the special effects of Warren's films since Satan's Slave (1976). A low budget of £1 million, half of which was contributed by the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers, funded location filming in both the Chislehurst Caves in Kent and on the island of Gozo in Malta. Composer John Scott perfected theelectronic score of Inseminoid in multiple hours-long studio sessions after the completion of shooting.
Although initial box office reception proved to be positive both in the United Kingdom and in other countries, Inseminoid has since failed to impress a considerable proportion of critics, who have faulted Warren's film for the perceived poor standard of its acting, special effects and set design. Despite praise for actress Judy Geeson's depiction of the lead character, Sandy, approval of the film in general has been tarnished due to its central plot concept of an extraterrestrial insemination, which has received a largely negative response in comparisons to the premise of the 1979 filmAlien. However, both Warren and Alien distributors 20th Century Fox have rejected claims that the ideas forming Inseminoid are derived from the earlier film.
Academic interpretations of Inseminoid have concentrated on its treatment of the female sex and female sexualities in the context of corruption from an alien source. In addition to its depiction of the abject Sandy, who is rendered a distorted Other in the aftermath of her unnatural impregnation, the film is seen to incorporate a clash between the patriarchal and the maternal at its climax, as the mother-to-be eliminates her former friends one at a time. With Inseminoid released on VHS to successful sales, author Larry Miller produced a novelisation after the film's 1981 theatrical run.