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WATCH: Oliver retro-reviews Innerspace

April 11th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments


Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Innerspace… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”


InnerSpace is one flick everyone seems to forget about. Everyone has seen it and loved and found it hilarious, so why is it that no one seems to mention it when it comes to discussing classics from the 80s?

Joe Dante, who had great success with Gremlins, teams up with Steven Spielberg again for InnerSpace. Originally the producers wanted something like the classic film Fantastic Voyage but Joe Dante didn’t want to go in that direction and jumped ship. John Carpenter stepped in and gets it re-written by Jeffery Boam who later went on to write Indiana Jones and the last crusade. Boam did a complete overhaul and Dante returned as director as Carpenter left to do Big Trouble in Little China.

InnerSpace has a fantastic cast. Dennis Quad and Martin Short provide some great comedy and you see regular cast members from previous Joe Dante flicks. What people most remember about this film is the incredible visual effects, everything done in miniature form by the effects wizard Dennis Muren.

Could this be Joe Dante’s best film? Let’s find out.



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