STARRING: Charles Napier, Hoke
Howell, Jodi Seronick, Ashley Semrick
1996, 92 Minutes, Directed by:
Description:A fleet of UFOs is circling the Earth and a top scientist races to discover
their true intentions for the planet. When the UFOs begin an attack on Earth,
the scientist finds himself thrown in with a sheriff and his deputies
transporting some prisoners to jail. The unlikely group is forced to seek
shelter from the attack in a nearby cave, not knowing how significant the
location is to the aliens’ plans. —
“Why does it feel as if I’m in
a bad episode of The X-Files all of a sudden?” the hero in Alien Species
asks at one point. Except he’s got it wrong: throughout its decade-long run the
X-Files never got anywhere near as bad as this cheesy
alien invasion flick. And we’re including all those stupid episodes without
Mulder here too . . .
Earth – which has never looked
as pixellated as it does here! - is attacked by some equally bad CG flying
saucers. Before blowing up some cars and city buildings, the UFOs however first
abduct a cow in a field as well as a redneck farmer’s teenaged daughter. (He
goes after them with a shotgun of course.) Why would they do this? Maybe because
this sort of behavior is expected of aliens in flying saucers and they probably
didn’t want to disappoint anyone – who knows?
War of the Worlds all over again – but due to
budgetary constraints most of the action is set in a cave.
Managing to rip off two movie
franchises in one movie title, Alien Species is the sort of movie in
which the hero handily has a bazooka in his car’s trunk for no apparent reason
(we know gun laws are lax in the States, but come on!). It’s a bad movie all
right, with cheapo special effects, make-up and lousy acting.
It could however have been a
whole lot better if it didn’t boast one of the most gratingly annoying
soundtrack music scores ever composed.