Great Scenes – ARENA
We’re easing back into things after a hectic couple of weeks here at IOC with the little-seen Arena (1989) – a movie directed by Peter Manoogian starring a variety of familiar soap and b-grade actors (Paul Satterfield, Claudia Christian, Marc Alaimo, etc.) in the story of an intergalactic fighting competition where a human underdog finds himself outmatched by larger, evil-er aliens and a corrupt governing body. Here’s a scene in which our Rocky-light hero (who looks more like Ivan Drago) takes on a pretty cool looking creature which was unfortunately designed to hide the fact that it can’t move – making it more painfully obvious every time they cut to it. Still, it’s a good deal of ridiculous and cheesy fun, from a bygone era before bad computer fx replaced bad practical fx.