Another day of playing catch up with the movie viewing. How the hell did I get in this position in the first place? Oh yeh. I went to Movie Stop and bought a bunch of DVD’s. Well, like they say, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. In this case, I bought these movies so now I have to watch them. Oh well. No choice but to get to it. Today I am watching The Alien Factor.
The plot: A spaceship containing specimens for an intergalactic zoo crash lands on Earth near a small town. The creatures escape and soon some of the townsfolk begin showing up severely mutilated. The local sheriff is doing his best best to try and figure out what is going on, but his job isn’t made any easier by the town’s mayor, who wants to keep the deaths under wraps so that a deal for a multi-million dollar amusement park will go through.
This is a perfect example of how a movie idea looks good on paper but fails in practice. It isn’t the fact that this had a low budget. I thought the idea was good and could have made for an decent movie, regardless of budget. The problem is that they took away all of the suspense out of the movie. Right at the beginning of the movie, you see one of the monsters attack two kids in a car. What they should have done was to just show the kids faces, maybe a shot of the monsters arm as it attacks, but don’t show all of the monster. Now the dialogue was pretty bad, which is nothing new with some of these movies, and the actors were only so-so at best.
I do have to say that the monsters did have me laughing. One of them was supposed to be a giant humanoid bug but it looked more like a guy in some weird armor than a bug. The next monster was some kind of weird ape/satyr type thing. The thing had some weird, furry, chicken legs that were almost twice as long as the rest of it’s body. But my favorite was the last monster. This thing was some kind of transparent lizard monster. The whole fight between it and a guy trying to kill it had me laughing because of how the guy was having to react to the creatures attacks when they were not even coming close to touching him, and would occasionally fall and roll through the creature. Seriously funny.
So if you are in the mood for a cheesy movie to laugh at, then feel free to give this a view
Rating: 2 out of 5