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ALIEN OPPONENT
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Colin Theys

Starring:
Jeremy London
Roddy Piper
Cuyle Carvin
Adrienne Lavalley

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
The owner of a small-town junkyard offers a cash reward to whomever can kill her uninvited, space-suited alien guest when its spacecraft crash-lands into her barn. Every wacko within 100 miles turns out, and before long, the junkyard is transformed into a war zone of man vs. man vs. machine vs. alien vs. God only knows what.
Is it good movie?
Well, here's what you need to know. I opened my lovely package of DVDs to review from my man the Arrow, and pulled out this colorful one. It has Roddy Piper (the insane, old man pro wrestler) and Jeremy London (the insane, never-was actor) in it and it involves aliens.

That right there is a win, my friends.

This movie is insane, stupid, over the top, ridiculous and pure silly. If you didn't know that going in, I feel bad for you son- this movie has 99 problems but a plot ain't one. Sorry. Anyway, yeah, this involves a bounty hunt of sorts. A young foolish hick gets killed by his Mother in law (ain't that always the way?), and an alien spaceship lands in the junkyard where he was offed. This prevents Momma from collecting the insurance payout, so she puts out a 100 thousand dollar award for anyone who can bring out the guy's body and kill the alien.

This movie is insane, all over the place and pretty incoherent. There's a lot going on, and none of it makes sense. The alien itself looks like a bear in an astronaut's suit, but later changes to into slugs or something. And the movie is strangely mean. It's packed with ridiculous stereotypes, from the football players, to the karate sensei and his class of little kids. That's not all though, you get Piper as a drunk preacher, you get a French maid, a Lara Croft type and even more. Idiots line up all around the block to take this alien down.

Anyway, this insanity is played for laughs, but it's also really mean and cold in terms of dialogue. The characters are stereotypes and all, but they're also all fairly selfish and mean. Jeremy London's drunk jerk character is super mean.

People do get killed, but it's far more often something to laugh at. This movie isn't scary in the least. Effects are a mixed bag with some awful CGI and decent practical stuff thrown in too. Surprisingly, acting isn't horrid. There are a lot of people in the flick, and they're not all quality, but Piper is a hoot and some of the supporters do a good job in their roles.

This is a bad movie though, in every sense of the word. There's very little character development, the movie makes little sense and is truly laughable more than once. With that said though, if you're 13, you'll find some PG-13 nudity, silly blood and lots to laugh about. I feel like if I had rented this when I was a young boy from my local corner store, it would have been an immediate hit with me and my friends.

As an adult, it's good for a really silly watch- as long as you know what you're getting into.
Video / Audio
First up are 3 minutes of outtakes, if you like that kind of thing.

There are also 7 minutes of deleted scenes.

Also included is a commentary track with Director Colin Theys, Paul Melluzzo (AD), John Doolan (writer), Jill Sacco (talent coordinator), Ben Chester (alien performer), John Randall (prop master) and Matt Wahkonen (cinematographer). I didn't listen to the whole thing because it's so busy and I could never tell who was talking. WIth that said, they never stop talking, and they laugh a lot so it seems someone was having a good time.
The Extras
Video comes in 2.35:1 widescreen and to be fair, this movie looks good for something with such a low budget. It's clean and clear.

Audio  comes in Dolby 5.1 and is a little uneven, but comes through clearly enough.
Last Call
I can't recommend this in good conscience, but for the lover of "bad" movies, this should be right up your alley. It' s silly, over the top, cartoony and absurd. Fans of Troma-style stuff will likely dig this. You get what you pay for!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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