B-movies hold a secure place in my heart, especially B-movies that were horror from the 1950s and 1960s… I remember watching the “Creature Feature” on an old black & white TV on most Saturday afternoons as a kid — films like The Blob, War of the Worlds, Them!, Rodan, Godzilla, King Kong, etc… I suspect they formed a good chunk of what I began to think of as classic storytelling, even with a low budget in a lot of cases.
These days, B-movies are relegated to streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix pretty quickly. Some are still pretty good. Others are downright awful. And sometimes they fall into the cracks despite some A-list actors…
Crossbreed (2018) I think is one of the latter. I have no idea when or if I may be able to ever see it, but the trailer tells me I probably want to. 🙂
“In the near future, the President of the New United States of America hires a team of military veterans to retrieve an alien bio-weapon from a top secret research facility orbiting the Earth. “
Just like with Pandorum, I think the synopsis would work fantastic on the back cover of an adventure module!
A Space “Creature Feature”…
While watching the trailer, I took a few notes:
- Cool orbital platform (with spinning rings)
- Fully decked out laboratory in space?
- The phrases “Gene Splicing” and “Using alien DNA to benefit ours”
- A creepy purple alien with shape-shifting, evolving, or morphing capabilities – looks like something from a Ray Harryhausen flick — including some Medusa-like qualities
- A dismissive government sends in a team of military troubleshooters to “solve” the problem
- They walk into a freak show, hunting down a creature that may or may not have the capability to call in other reinforcements
So what would I do with that?
“Science Experiment Gone Wrong”
The summary would be…
The orbital platform Caelestis, crown jewel and well advertised “laboratory of the future” of the Gemedia corporate empire, is under attack from within. Your team of marines is to go in, rescue any survivors, collect data and samples, and return them to the Gemedia offices on Luna.
All we know right now is… There was a brief distress signal that was cut off and the entire facility has gone dark. No signals out of any kind. And the station is losing altitude with every orbit, eventually burning up in the atmosphere.
You have the next 24 hours to accomplish your mission… Go!
Of course, the situation is never that simple. What happened was an alien body was retrieved in a state of suspended animation and they began thawing it out to retrieve samples. The creature woke up and took out the crew one at a time.
The Dreikas were a warrior species bent on world domination when their world was destroyed by the Dread. They were not technologically adept themselves but were able to adapt just about every scrap they could find and make it work for them. A small group used some Grey Men technology to put themselves in suspended animation to outlast their Dread enemies.
- Dreikas (High-level): Attribute 11, AR5/AP25, Traits: Legged (10m), Tough Hide, Impenetrable Armor, Melee, Observant, Regenerating Armor (1 AP/turn), Guns, Tactics
- Tactics: Gather weapons of their enemy and use them against them. No prisoners. No torture. Prefers quick kills to show respect for their enemies.
When the party arrives, the alien will hide in the lab inside an extra environment suit. Stealth and surprise are on its side, enabling it to isolate one or two at a time until all are dead.
Once it sees its imminent destruction, it will seek an exit in the form of an escape pod or the ship the PCs arrived in.
Let the hunt begin!
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