Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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
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.
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.
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!