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Grey Skies (2010) – Big Flash, Friend Gone Aliens Win

2010’s Grey Skies had the chance to be good but ended mediocre.

So a group of friends meet at a remote cottage for a weekend. We get introduced to three couples and a solo girl, find out how eveyone is related and relates to each other. Then at noght, they all enjoy the stars, see some shooting stars. Then shit gets weird.

One by one they are “possessed” by these aliens, while attempting to fight them off. You never really see the aliens clearly and most of the dirty work is done by the humans, controlled by aliens.

Not a great movie, but not the worst I’ve seen, just uninspired.

Here’s a trailer:


Alien Origin (2012) – “Found Video” Crapfest

Why… Why do I do this to myself? 

This is a crappy movie that is supposedly made up of found footage (you know, like Blair Witch and Cloverfield). This time it’s video from Belize from a military unit with an embedded female american reporter looking for two missing archaeologists or something – I just don’t care.

It’s a tale of aliens that you never really see and the origin part is thrown in in the last minute. 

Bad acting, and an almost total lack of plot, a total and complete waste of time.

Don’t watch it, but here’s a friggin trailer for you:


Encounter at Raven’s Gate (1988) – What a Piece of Crap

So, I watched 1988 film Encounter at Raven’s Gate (also known as Incident at Raven’s Gate) at the suggestion of an Australian friend that couldn’t stop raving about it. He owes me 89 minutes.

This so called sci-fi movie takes place in a small town and a farm in the Outback of Australia. Psychosis, electrical disturbances, theft of water and a foot ball trophy are the main issues – some unseen aliens too.

That’s it – Boring, shitty film. Watch it if you like – I didn’t. Boo Australia, boo!

Here’s the shitty trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6eh3_ZZKXE


Zone Troopers (1985) – Aliens, Allies, Nazis and World War II

I don’t recall ever having heard of Zone Troopers before last week. That’s 26 yeas and two months after it was released. I’m not sure why it took so long to watch as it was pretty fun.

Taking place some time in World War II, a patrol of American G.I.s, behind enemy lines in Italy discover a big secret: they stumble upon an alien ship that has crashed to Earth.The Nazis are rushing to get to the ship, and have already captured an Alien. Snooping around by one of the troop and a reporter gets them captured by the Nazis complicating things even more. Luckily for these two they have a few things going for them: the Nazis obviously learned to shoot from the same folks that teach Star Wars Storm Troopers to shoot, and secondly that they’re led by the Sarge, played by penultimate “Oh that guy”, Tim Thomerson. The Sarge is the toughest Sarge out there I guess, and he shows it. There’s one scene where he mows down a bunch of Nazis that had what was left of his depleted patrol pinned down. It was like one man versus the Nazis. Pretty cool, if stupid stuff. Then there’s the scene where one of the captured G.I.s punches Hitler right in the face. You don’t see that every day. Anyway, the Sarge and a G.I. rescue their two captured comrades and the captured alien. They start off towards their lines while being pursued by Nazis looking to recapture the alien. After some battles and such, the alien meets up with there own kind – they show up the Nazis in a silly battle and eventually mostly everyone lives happily ever after…except that it would still be World War II, which I imagine mostly sucked for all those involved. But i digress. The special effects aren’t much to write home about, but neither are they terrible for what I must have been a pretty low budget production. In a couple of places I might even call them good. The Bug Eyed alien was interesting looking too. Not too bad at all for a low budget flick.

In a nutshell Zone Troopers was a fun watch. Nothing amazing, so don’t set your hopes high, but altogether a fun, cheezy sci-fi flick. If you get a chance, go ahead and watch it – I don’t feel like I wasted my time. And you know what? As of just now – while writing this, I just discovered that it is available on Youtube for however long that lasts. That link, of course, will be under the trailer, so you really don’t have any good reason not to watch it! Hehehehe…

Here’s the Trailer:

And here’s the whole freakin’ movie:


They Came From Beyond Space (1967) – Boring British Sci-Fi

A British Sci-Fi film from 1967, They Came from Beyond Space is a lack lustre, uninspired flick that barely kept my attention.

The premise is that what seem to meteors fall to earth. When they are investigated by top scientists, those scientists become controlled by another, alien intelligence that puts them to work on a plan to build ships to help these Aliens to return to their original planet. One scientist is not affected as he has a silver plate in his skull from surgery after a car accident – the plate interferes with the mind control method used by these aliens. This scientist leads the battle against the aliens. Add a plague that makes peoplk seem dead, so that the aliens can take the bodies to the moon where they are revived and used as slaves.

There you go – that is They Came From Beyond Space. Should you watch it? You decide. It is freely available as it has slipped into the public domain.

Here is a clip:

And here is the whole movie:


Deep Space (1988) – Better than I Expected – Though I Didn’t Expect Much

I just finished watching the 1988 horror/Science Fiction film, Deep Space and was pleasantly surprised: I expected this to be really bad -it turned out to be mildly o.k. actually.

A secret military experiment has created a bug like living weapon in space – and that experiment has fallen to Earth. The reason the experiment was done in space was due to how dangerous the creature would be if it got loose (plus, to keep it secret, probably). Well, now that’s crashed to Earth, it is now killing everything it comes in contact with – and reproducing. Dectective Ian McLemore (played by consummate ”that guy” actor, Charles Napier) and his partner, Detective Jerry Merris (played by Barney Miller alumni, Ron Glass)  investigate the gruesome killing of a young couple and find some interesting, things at the scene of the crime… thing apparently not of this Earth. Of course they were killed by the creature, released when it crashed to Earth. More people get killed, a hot police woman gets mixed up with McLemore and his unofficial investigation (he gets put on suspension early) and the gonernment/Military try to keep it all under wraps. Oh: and throw in a psychic (played by the always awesome Julie Newmar) and you have this movie.

I initially thought that this film, in some ways reminded me of the film, Biohazard – then I read that the maker of that film made this film too! The creature’s design is definitely inspired by the creatures from the Alien movies (including the young that look so much like the Face Huggers from the Alien movies that I’m surprised the makers of this film weren’t sued over it). The film isn’t great, but I actually expected it to be much worse. Would I recommend it? Well, why the hell not? I mean, I’ve recommended much worse films!

Check out the trailer here:


Bad Taste (1987) – Grossly Awesome

Peter Jackson… You know the, the guy that made Lord of the Rings – that guy made this movie. Wow… just wow.

Released in 1987 in New Zealand, this film is probably best described as a cult horror/science fiction film. Low budget, this is Peter Jackson’s first full length feature film. The effects are done by Jackson himself who also stars in the film on screen.

Basically, a New Zealand town’s residents all disappeared and a team of 4 paramilitary/anti-alien fighters are sent to root out the danger.

Turns out the dangers are aliens disguised as humans, who have packaged up the residents of the town as meat for the intergalactic fast food market. Our heroes must defeat the aliens and stop the slaughter.

As stated, this is a low budget film that I read took about 4 years to complete (due to the stated low budget). It definitely feels low budget, but don’t let that stop you: Peter Jackson created an interesting and original, if gross film here. gore and humour interspersed, if you are not easily grossed out, and actually enjoy the kind of movies I write about on this blog, then you might like this. It definitely is interesting to see the expanse of Peter Jackson’s film making skills when you compare this to the Lord of the Rings trilogy that the rest of the World knows him for.

Definitely recommending this one – to those without a weak stomach. Check out the trailer here:


Repo Man (1984) – A Repo Man’s Life is Always Intense

This 1984 Emilio Estevez film was fun. Watched it last night, and I believe possibly once back in 1984 or 1985, as parts seemed vaguely familiar.  

The story of a Punk, Otto, who ends up becoming a Repo Man after unwittingly being hired to reposess a car by verteran Repo Man, Bud (played by veteran “Oh, that guy” actor, Harry Dean Stanton).

Screwed over for a $1000 dollars that his Hippy parents had promised him for graduating – they gave the money to a TV Tele-Evangelist, Bud is forced to find work and decides to Join Bud and his repo buddies, who are a great set of characters. And it turns out that he’s damn good at the job, and he and Bud make a good team. Bud informs Otto that a Repo Man’s life is always intense, and Otto loves that intensity. Along the way Otto discovers that his some of his Punk buddies have resorted to a life of crime, and meets a hot girl. Throw in a Chevy Sedan with a trunk load of Aliens and a $20,000 reward, a U.F.O. conspiracy theorist Miller, (working as a mechanic for the repo company and played by veteran character actor, Tracey Walter – you’ll know who he is when you see him) and some funny and interesting writing, a bizarre, but fitting ending and you end up with a movie well worth watching. 

If you want a better idea of what it’s about here is an excerpt from Wikipedia: 

Otto Maddox (Emilio Estevez), a young punk rocker living in Los Angeles, gets fired from his boring job as a supermarket stock clerk. He learns that his pot-smoking, ex-hippie parents have donated the money they promised him


 for finishing school to a crooked 
televangelistDepressed and broke, Otto wanders the streets, until he falls in with Bud (Harry Dean Stanton),

 a seasonedrepossession agent, or “repo man”, working for the “Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation” (a small automobile repossession agency). Although Otto is initially disgusted by the concept of repossessing cars, his opinion changes rapidly when he is quickly paid in cash for his first “job”. Otto joins the agency as a repo man himself.

If you haven’t seen it, do and if you haven’t seen it for a long tome then see it again.

Check out the trailer here:


Phantasm II (1988) – The Ball is Back

Nine years between sequels can be a long time – especially when you are using a few of the original actors, but it seem to have turned out ok in this case.

Taking place about seven years after the original Phantasm movie, we start out with Mike, the young hero from the original film being released from an insane asylum. While he was in, he somehow became mentally linked with a girl “of his dreams that knows about the antagonist, “The Tall Man.” Mike, once released, goes directly to this town’s grave years and unearths several caskets to prove to himself (and now protector, Reggie – also from the original film), that he did not imagine all the events of the first film.

What happened in the first film, you may ask? Well, you should go see it, but here’s a quick run down for you: a kid (Mike) discovers that the bodies at a local graveyard/mortuary/mausoleum are being converted into shortened, reanimated evil Zombies (to be used as slaves on a nasty alien planet), and Mike, his older brother and Reggie (his older brother’s best friend) mus t fight them and the Tall Man that controls them.

In this film, Mike and Reggie take up the pursuit of the Tall Man again and are
travelling from town to town in an effort to hunt him down and (hopefully) destroy him once and for all. Along the way they pick up a female hitchhiker and run into the girl of Mikes dream, providing love interests for both of our main protagonists. The battle is soon on and the real action commences.

While I liked the original Phantasm film, I think this is a better film, as the original actor that played Mike has been replaced – a good thing, as I thought the portrayal of character mike was the worse thing in the original film. If you liked the first film than you should really see this.

Here’s a link to the trailer:


Hangar 18 (1980) – I Can’t Believe I Loved This as a Kid

This is a movie about a Space Shuttle crew that launches a satellite that appears to be destroyed when it impacts with a U.F.O. and the government conspiracy to cover it up.

Staring Gary Collins and Robert Vaughn (and quite a few “oh, that guy” actors), this movie revolves around the government attempting to cover up a collision between a satellite and a U.F.O. and the subsequent retrieval of an intact U.F.O. along with it’s occupants, and two Shuttle Astronauts attempting to get to the bottom of what is becoming a cover up that may end up with them blamed with destruction of the satellite in order to hide the fact that the Earth has been visited by Aliens. So, it’s pretty much a race between the Astronauts trying to find evidence of what they themselves witnessed and the governments attempt to hide all such evidence. Then there’s the group at Hangar 18 working on the captured U.F.O. and it’s inhabitants. The Alien

Tepid acting, poor writing and a lame story, yet I still enjoyed this a bit – partly due to the memories it brought back from my childhood – I saw this back when it was released and thought it was awesome (sure is easy to impress a kid!), and part for how serious it tries to be. The eighties were interesting times, but this isn’t a very interesting movie. I watched it on Netflix and if you have Netflix you might want to give it a go, as it won’t cost you anything extra (but your time). It’s also available on Youtube in it’s entirety so there’s another option to watch it.

Here’s a clip from the movie:

Check out the whole movie here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfNh1daJ6ms


Cosmos – War of the Planets (1977) Interesting if Bad…

A weird piece of Spaghetti Sci-Fi (low budget, mostly poorly acted and written Science Fiction movies made in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s), I found myself watching this evening on Youtube (the whole bad movie can be found there). The message is received on Earth that is interrupting all communications. A ship and it’s Brash Captain (and crew, of course) are sent to investigate. They discover a race of humanoids that have been kept captive by a super robot of their own design. The super robot has designs on Earth now and the Captain and his crew must destroy that robot… That’s about it. Weirdly stylish and in some ways visually reminiscent of the old 1970’s TV series, Space 1999, there’s not too much compelling about the story and I did not recognize not an single actor – still, I ended up watching the entire thing. Is it good? Definitely not. Is it watchable? Obviously so – as I watched it all. Recommended? I don’t know – It was a little interesting…

Watch the whole damned thing here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsQC-suha1g