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Screamers is a 1995 film directed by Christian Duguay based on the short story Second Variety by Philip K. Dick. It is set in 2078 on the planet Sirius 6b and stars Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, and Jennifer Rubin .
|Peter Weller||Colonel Hendricksson|
|Andrew Lauer||Ace Jefferson|
|Leni Parker||Cpl. McDonald|
|Sylvain Massť||NEB Soldier|
|Bruce Boa||Secretary Green|
|Henry Ramer||Screamers Crawl Narration (voice)|
Screamers are killing machines created by an organisation called The Alliance to use as weapon against their enemy, the New Economic Bloc. Formally designated as "Autonomous Mobile Swords", the reason they are called screamers is that their original version makes a screaming noise when they attack. However, the screamers have evolved on their own to produce more sophisticated versions of themselves. Throughout the film, several generations of screamers are introduced:
- Machines that crawl through the dirt and jump out on attack (the original screamers).
- In human form as a small boy.
- As a wounded soldier begging for help.
- As a woman. This type of screamer is the most advanced and can even bleed, unlike the earlier versions.
On a remote mining planet called Sirius B the commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive called Colonel Hendricksson attempts to negotiate a peace with The New Economic Block forces on the planet after being betrayed by his leaders. To reach the enemy, he must cross a war-ravaged wasteland inhabited by screamers. To protect him from the screamers he uses a device that keeps them screamers away, but he is unaware of the new generation screamers against which the device does not work. He goes together with a young man called Ace who is a skilled sniper. They eventually arrive at the base of the Alliance and are told about the new types of screamers by their leader Jessica. Together with Ace they return to the base of Hendrickssen but find that everyone has been killed by screamers. Ace dies in a fight with screamers. Hendricksson and Jessica head for an escape spacecraft that only Hendricksson knew about. When they arrive they see that there is only room for one passenger. Hendrickssen first decides that he will let Jessica use the spacecraft. However someone who looks identical to Jessica then walks in and Hendrickssen realizes that Jessica was a screamer too. After a fight Hendrickssen manages to get into the spacecraft and sets off for Earth. The movie ends with the viewer seeing that a teddybear aboard the spacecraft moves slightly and is thus probably a type of screamer, however Hendrickssen has no idea that he is taking a screamer to earth.
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