Alien Trespass

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Rating: PG

Starring:
Eric McCormack as Ted Lewis / Urp
Jenni Baird as Tammy
Robert Patrick as Vernon
Jody Thompson as Lana Lewis
Dan Lauria as Chief Dawson
Aaron Brooks as Cody
Sarah Smyth as Penny
Andrew Dunbar as Dick
Sage Brocklebank as Stu
Jonathon Young as Lloyd
Michael Roberds as Bubba
Tom McBeath as Wilson
Jerry Wasserman as Sam
Vincent Gale as Styles
Christina Schild as Darlene

Special Features:
“Watch the Skies” Featurette
“Breaking News” Featurette
“Live News Update” Featurette
Interviews with R.W. Goodwin and Eric McCormack
Theatrical Trailers

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 84 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Beware, earthlings. From ‘The X Files’ R.W. Goodwin comes a new cult classic in the tradition of ‘The Blob’ and ‘It Came From Outer Space.’ It’s 1957, a spaceship has just landed in a quiet small town, and Earth is threatened by an unknown evil. But fear not, hope also has arrived. ‘Will & Grace’s’ Eric McCormack stars as an astronomer possessed by an alien bent on saving our humble planet. Yet even with the help of a diner waitress, is he any match for the Ghota, a rogue alien on a murderous rampage? ”

“Alien Trespass” is rated PG for sci-fi action and brief historical smoking.

Mini-Review:
I was very much up for “Alien Trespass.” I’m a big fan of ’50s sci-fi B-Movies, so the idea of this film parodying them was up my alley. However, I was disappointed with the final product. “Alien Trespass” is more a recreation of one of these B-Movies than a parody of them. It has all the trademarks of the genre – the know-it-all scientist, the skeptical local cop, the teens nobody believes, the extremely fake looking alien. But the movie never takes it to the point of making fun of it. The special effects don’t show obvious wires hanging from flying saucers. The sound effects and audio are more modern. The performances aren’t nearly as cheesy as they could be. It’s not as funny as you’d expect. There are glimmers of what it could have been. For example, we see Ted and Lana cuddling… in a twin bed with another empty bed next to it. We see actors struggling with a rubber tentacle from the alien. They are small jokes about the B-movies, but they are fleeting. The creators should have pushed this more into the realm of comedy than they did. The end result is a rather bland film that soon wears out its welcome. I wanted to enjoy it, but instead I found myself counting the minutes till it was over. It’s not entertaining enough to be an effective homage and not funny enough to be an effective parody.

There is a small batch of bonus features. You’ll find some ‘vintage’ interviews with the cast from the 50′s as well as fake news reports on the discovery of the lost film. It’s amusing in small doses but the joke gets repetitive the longer they run.

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