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Moontrap (1989)

The Space Shuttle returns to earth, but some of the equipment brought back on it begins to behave strangely. Scientists are unsure what is happening, and decide to take all necessary ... See full summary »


Robert Dyke


Tex Ragsdale (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Koenig ... Col. Jason Grant
Bruce Campbell ... Ray Tanner
Leigh Lombardi ... Mera
Robert Kurcz Robert Kurcz ... Koreman
John J. Saunders John J. Saunders ... Barnes
Reavis Graham Reavis Graham ... Haskell
Tom Case ... Beck
Judy Levitt Judy Levitt ... Intrepid Commander
Reuben Yabuku Reuben Yabuku ... Intrepid Pilot
Doug Childs Doug Childs ... Grant's Son
Mariafae Mytnyk Mariafae Mytnyk ... Research Assistant
James A. Courtney James A. Courtney ... Lieutenant (as James Courtney)
Tony Abruzzo Tony Abruzzo ... Soldier #1
Tom Whalen Tom Whalen ... Soldier #2
Pat Carozzo Pat Carozzo ... Waitress


The Space Shuttle returns to earth, but some of the equipment brought back on it begins to behave strangely. Scientists are unsure what is happening, and decide to take all necessary precautions. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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For fourteen thousand years... It waited. See more »


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Release Date:

8 June 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ksiezycowa pulapka See more »

Filming Locations:

West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The NASA control room was actually filmed at Enrico Fermi nuclear reactor #2, located south of Troy, MI in Frenchtown Charter Twp., MI. The lighted circular display in the center of the panels shows the control rod positions in the reactor. See more »


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[the vending machine finally dispenses coffee when Ray gives it a hard kick]
Ray Tanner: Hey, we don't take no shit from a machine!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the closing credits, audio is heard of Jason speaking to a NASA official about any possible debris of the spacecraft possibly falling to Earth. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese VHS runs a little bit longer than the North American version, but mostly features extended dialogue between Jason and his son. See more »


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Gotta Get Next to You
Music by Joseph LoDuca (as Joe Lo Duca)
Lyrics by Rita Cox
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When will there ever be a Moontrap II or Moontrap I revised?... .
5 November 2006 | by hfcrooijackersSee all my reviews

Although the Romans already stated "de gustibus non disputandum" (you cannot argue about taste), I liked this movie very much! It has the kind of atmosphere I am longing for in a SciFi movie! A lot of mysteries (we are fully kept in the dark about the origins of the moon base and the mysterious old spaceship, which the space shuttles encounters in orbit) and presented as such in a way, that my fantasy can jump with giant leaps during the entire movie! I even don't WANT to know where they came from!!! The "human slashing" is a bit overdone for my taste, but then again...it depends on what you are looking for - I guess. The special effects could be better, but they don't disturb me at all: as a matter of fact they are indeed more accurate than in other comparable movies! At the time it really was timed perfectly: a lot of conspiracy theories were posted about Apollo astronauts hiding secrets from us (secret alien moon bases, UFOs, etc.), which made this film even more believable than normal.

It really is the kind of movie, which deserves a sequel: maybe we can then get more insight into the origins of the unknown people - or even better: run into new mysteries. Of course Walter Koenig is now a bit too old, but a SERIOUS remake of Moontrap - followed by an equally SERIOUS sequel! - would make me very happy indeed!

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