From the makers of ZARKORR! THE INVADER (1996) comes another resolutely underwhelming giant-monster "epic."
On the "cold planet" Proyas, the evil Lord Doom orders the towering monster Kraa sent to Earth, "the warm planet," as part of his plan for conquest. Elsewhere in space, the youthful Planet Patrol detects the "unauthorized transport" of Kraa. Their base is hit by Doom's crippling pulse cannon, and
they are forced to contact a turtle-like alien agent named Mogyar, who arrives on Earth and befriends biker (and science-wiz) Bobby Macek (R.L. McMurray) and diner owner Alma James (Teal Merchande). Mogyar explains his mission, and that only a lab in Naples has the necessary equipment to stop
Kraa. Government operatives led by Bridger (Robert Garcia) show up and take Alma, Bobby and Mogyar to a hidden base for interrogation.
As Kraa approaches the base, it is evacuated, and Mogyar helps Alma and Bobby escape. The trio learns that the Naples lab has been destroyed, and Bobby, using codes overheard by Mogyar, contacts the Harvest Point nuclear facility, posing as Bridger. They commandeer the base and, despite the
interruption by Bridger and his men, create an energy weapon to attack Kraa. The Planet Patrol reroutes the beam off Kraa and up to their base, which is restored to full power and helps blast Kraa into vapor. The Patrol members then travel to Proyas and place Doom under interstellar arrest.
KRAA! not only borrows from many giant-monster fantasy classics, but also shoehorns in a "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" ripoff (in the form of the "Planet Patrol") in a baldfaced attempt to pander to the youth market. However, even children aren't naive enough to cotton to this cheap-looking
melange of rubber monster mayhem, needlessly cluttered plotting, poorly staged fight scenes, and cheap comedy (as when the Italian-accented Mogyar spouts lines like "Let's-a get outta here!"). To make matters worse, the intrigue surrounding the Planet Patrol's attempts to repair their base rates
as little more than a distraction from the central plotline. Given that Michael S. Deak, billed as "miniature F/X director," shot all the monster footage, and a closing title reveals that Dave Parker helmed all the Planet Patrol and Lord Doom scenes, this may be the first movie in which the
director credited up front was only responsible for about a third of the actual feature. (Violence.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: PG
- Review: From the makers of ZARKORR! THE INVADER (1996) comes another resolutely underwhelming giant-monster "epic." On the "cold planet" Proyas, the evil Lord Doom orders the towering monster Kraa sent to Earth, "the warm planet," as part of his plan for conquest… (more)