Synopsis: Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Defiance, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods.
Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma ‘Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince’, ‘Pitch Perfect’), the group venture out to the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggests its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.
Review: Extraterrestrial is not your average Alien Abduction movie, but its not really one to be taken all that seriously either.
The film is an entertaining science fiction horror romp that is best taken in with a few beers and some snacks.
‘Extraterrestrial’ was released last summer and is the latest independent horror film by The Vicious Brothers, who have earned themselves a pretty solid fan base and have a fairly strong cult following.
The film is packed with all sorts of tropes from Alien Abduction movies and shows such as the X-Files.
In fact the two directors were not shy in revealing how things like ‘X-Files’ have inspired them and it was fun to see them reference that at the close of the movie with what looked like a younger version of William B. Davis ‘Smoking Man’ character leading an Federal clean up crew after the fact.
The movie is very obviously a parody on some levels. From the classic cabin in the woods trope to the scenes in which one of the characters is filming everything on his iPad giving us that real time Live Footage feel. It’s pretty much trope happy to the point of insanity, but also good fun with it.
It is not a movie that I would have went out of my way to see at the cinema, but its definitely the kind of film that I sit through when I find myself having to channel surf for something to watch on my basic cable package.
Among the highlights are the couple of scene with Michael Ironside, who plays a pot smoking conspiracy theorist. You can tell that Ironside is having fun with this.
The younger actors do well also and should be given an award for managing to keep a straight face throughout this.
About the only surprise that this film has is the shock ending, which I will not reveal. But its a moment, which is very sad and sweet, but ultimately killed with the Smoking Man trope.
So its not a great movie, but it is what it is, which is a B Movie that is instantly forgettable once you have viewed it. Possibly because the aliens come back and pretty much mind wipe you.
The effects given the films budget are pretty good and the scenes in the woods although quite predictable throughout are well shot.
‘Extraterrestrial’ will get its DVD and Blu Ray release here in the UK on 16th or March. A download version of the movie will be available through most VOD services from 9 March.
- Fairly strong acting
- A little to trope happy for my taste
- Visual FX8.5