January 26th, 1996



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Production Still-Charles Powell as "Ross" on the set of Screamers

(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding...

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.1/10 (11,454 voted)

Director: Christian Duguay

Stars: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin

(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only -- to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man's greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc's decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create.

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Dan O'Bannon

Peter Weller - Joe Hendricksson
Roy Dupuis - Becker
Jennifer Rubin - Jessica Hanson
Andrew Lauer - Ace Jefferson (as Andy Lauer)
Charles Edwin Powell - Ross (as Charles Powell)
Ron White - Chuck Elbarak
Michael Caloz - David
Liliana Komorowska - Landowska
Jason Cavalier - Leone
Leni Parker - Cpl. McDonald
Sylvain Massé - N.E.B. Soldier
Bruce Boa - Secretary Green
Tom Berry - Technician
Henry Ramer - Screamers Crawl Narration (voice)

Taglines: The Last Scream You Hear Will Be Your Own.


Official Website: Sony Pictures |

Release Date: 26 January 1996

Filming Locations: Joliette, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $5,781,885 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The strange chessboard in the opening scene is the "Game of Ur," a game from ancient Mesopotamia. The game is still played in Iraq to this day.

Revealing mistakes: When Hendricksson is the last one running out of Richard Cooper's command bunker, he falls in a large puddle of water, however, once he gets up, he is not wet.

[first lines]
Screamers Crawl Narration: [voice over narration] For the last fifty years, the new economic block, the 'N.E.B.' Corporation, has controlled mining operations throughout the known solar systems.

User Review

Underrated Sci-Fi Classic

Rating: 7/10

OK this film has virtually no budget for a sci-fi movie and no real stars to speak of other than Peter 'Robocop' Weller but that doesn't matter because what it does have is a good story well told. It's a shame that bigger budget sci-fi productions never seem to remember that sci-fi should be have an interesting premise and not just throw a few explosions at the screen every few minutes.

What is on offer in Screamers is a solidly entertaining 1hr 40mins of sci fi fun, reasonable acting and a great story based on a Phillip K Dick short. The main idea of screamers is a very scary one a war that had been taken over by machines that fight on our behalf a war that can't be stopped.

For sci-fi fans this is a must see, for everyone else it's still solidly entertaining 7/10


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