Alien Trespass

PLOT:

The story begins in 1957 in the star-filled skies above California’s Mojave Desert. It is a special night for noted astronomer Ted Lewis, who is preparing a special dinner for his beautiful, adoring wife Lana to celebrate their wedding anniversary. In another part of town, Tammy, a waitress at small local diner with big plans for the future, looks out her window and is excited to see a shooting star, which she takes as a good sign for her dreams. But, what Dr. Lewis and Tammy assume is a shooting star, is really an alien spaceship. The fiery ball hurtles toward earth and crash-lands on a butte in the desert. The only witnesses are teens Dick and Penny who are necking in a nearby lover’s lane. A tall, metallic alien named Urp emerges from the craft unharmed, alarmed to discover that the monstrous Ghota, who was also on board, has escaped. The menacing one-eyed creature’s unquenchable appetite could mean the end of civilization as we know it. Urp is the only one who knows how to stop the hideous extraterrestrial, but to do so he has to take over the body of Dr. Lewis and enlist the aid of Tammy, the only human in town willing to believe and trust in his mission. The local police – including Chief Dawson and Officer Vern – are confirmed skeptics and offer little help. Together, Urp and Tammy must hunt down the Ghota and neutralize it before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world.

REVIEW:

Raise your hand if you even remember this coming out in theaters? My guess is that maybe a handful of you knew about it. I was not one of them, and if not for the recommendations Netflix puts up each week, I wouldn’t even know about it. ‘m glad they did, though. I’m a huge fan of 50s-era film, especially in the sci-fi genre, and this is a clear homage to those films of yesteryear.

The best part of the film is not the story, the acting, the special effects, or anything like that, but rather the work and detail they went into so that they could make this look and feel as close to a film from the 50s as possible. They could have gone a bit further, but I think they went as far as they wanted.

One of the things that impressed me the most was the intro to the film. It was a newsreel from 1957, the year the film is set in. Had this been a real film from the 50s, you would have actually seen something like that before the film started. I could have done without them trying to convince us that all the actors were descendants of what accounted to themselves. It may have been a gag, but it wasn’t funny. Of course, I say this after watching all the features back to back, and hearing the same stuff over and over again, so I may be a bit bitter on the subject.

If you’ve ever seen any 50s flicks, then you know that the special effects are nowhere near where they are today. They actually used their imagination to come up with ways to bring their creatures to life, rather than just stick it in a computer. In other words, this film has NO CGI!!!! That in itself earns it a star. Without CGI, you would expect the alien to look fake, and quite honestly, he didn’t…when you consider that this is supposed to have been made in the 50s.

The acting is really good in this film. Mainly in part to the fact that they’re having to act like they’re in a film from the 50s, not present day actors in a period piece.

The film’s ultimate downfall is that it takes itself too seriously. Its obviously an homage to the great sci fi films of yesteryear, but what’s missing is the fun of those films. This seems to be plodding along just going through the motions. Such a shame that they don’t seem to be having fun with this, it could hve made it even better.

As one watches this, then they can see the influences of many of the major sci-fi films of yesteryear. When directors decide to put these references/homages in their films, sometimes they work,and other times they don’t. In this case it does and makes the film that much more entertaining and endearing. As I just mentioned, it could’ve been better, but the attention to detail is really what sells me on this film. Too bad it didn’t get more publicity. I believe it could’ve been a hit. Maybe through word of mouth, it cane become a DVD hit. Why not watch it and spread the word?

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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2 Responses to “Alien Trespass”

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