Not of this Earth (1988)


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A stranger in town has some big plans that could mean the end of humanity as we know it in this blend of comedy and sci-fi thrills. Nadine Story (Traci Lords) is a nurse working in the office of Dr. Rochelle (Ace Mask) when she encounters a very unusual patient -- the mysterious Mr. Johnson (Arthur Roberts), who is always dressed in black, wears dark sunglasses indoors and demands a blood transfusion. After Dr. Rochelle tests Johnson's blood, he's surprised to discover the man's body isn't … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: R.J. Robertson, Jim Wynorski
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On DVD: Sep 30, 1992
MGM Home Entertainment



as Mr. Johnson

as Third Hooker

as Nadine Story

as Jeremy

as Dr. Rochelle

as Vacuum Cleaner Sales...

as Alien Woman

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as Happy Birthday Girl

as Happy Birthday Girl

as Lead Hooker

as Second Hooker

as Nurse Oxford

as Davanna Man at Grave

as Punker #3

as Punker #4

as Girl in House

as Simmons
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Critic Reviews for Not of this Earth

All Critics (6)

A film in need of a blood transfusion, that remakes a bad film and only makes it worse.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Deeply flawed, but hilariously layered with stock footage, gobs of camp and a bizarre narrative.

Full Review… | November 3, 2010

Wynorski knows what he's serving up here, which makes the film consistently amusing, playing up its influences and temptations with a swift pace and spirited performances.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010

Pointless remake of 'classic' Corman B.

August 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

October 4, 2002
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Not of this Earth

Director/co-writer Jim Wynorski once again delivers undemanding low-budget '80s sci-fi fun with Traci Lords in her first and most popular mainstream film, perhaps because she appears in the nude for the final time. Plus she gives a good performance as nurse Nadine Story, trading snappy banter with small-time crook Jeremy after both gain employment from a mysterious man who always wears sunglasses, night and day. Turns out he's an alien testing Earth's blood supply and communicating with an emissary from his war-torn home planet Davanna who looks like he could be guitarist for a Swedish death metal band (and considering the actor's name is Zoran Hochstatter that may not be far off!) You might recognize Roger Lodge as policeman Harry from his time as sleazy host of the sleazy syndicated TV show Blind Date, and an unrecognizable Monique Gabrielle has a funny cameo as a loony bus stop lady. Awful effects and music and limp stalking sequences aside, Not Of This Earth provides an evening's worth of pleasingly shlocky entertainment.

Fun With Credits: First we're subjected to a demented opening title sequence featuring clips from other '80s Roger Corman-produced movies which have absolutely nothing to do with this one, then at the very end of the closing credits comes the warning "Any unauthorized distribution of this film is an infringement of the copyright and will subject the infringer to severe civil and criminal prosecution -- not to mention a one-way ticket to Davanna."

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This is a B-movie; Roger Corman's involvement should tell you that. As such, you can't expect Oscar caliber performances and big-budget sets. It's a harmless sci-fi story with an abundance of gratuitous nudity starring former porn star Traci Lords. The concept is ludicrous and the script is awful, but the actors do their best to play it straight and make it watchable. Rated against regular movies, it fails. Rated against other B-movies, it shines.


I enjoyed this film way more than I should. Produced by Roger Corman, this remake of Corman's 60s-era sci-fi film of the same name amps up the camp and sex. Idiotic from its opening scene featuring a parked couple too oblivious to an alien landing to deserve life, Not of this Earth is probably not intelligent enough to be considered farce, but it is a damn funny and enjoyable piece of 80s sci-fi/horror trash that will delight fans of schlock and 50s/60s era sci cinema.

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