27th May2012

‘Alien Infiltration’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jeremy London, Roddy Piper, Cuyle Carvin, Adrienne LaValley | Written by John Doolan | Directed by Colin Theys

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OK, so the “plot” of Alien Infiltration is a little convoluted – After killing her daughters abusive husband, an alien crash lands in their small-town junkyard. Unable to claim the life insurance payout without a body they go on TV and offer a cash reward to whomever can kill the alien and recover the body. Tempted by a $100,000 rewards every wacko within 100 miles turns out – including an American football team, a school of karate kicking kids, the towns sheriff and a whole heap of unsavoury money-hungry vigilantes (including “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as a maching gun toting priest!), and before long the junkyard is transformed into a war zone as man takes on alien in a epic battle to the death.

With nods to many an alien invasion flick before it, Alien Infiltration wears it’s B-movie trappings on its sleeve, tipping its hat to films such as The Warriors, zombie movies, and even more recent Roger Corman flicks – just wait till you see one of the aliens defenses, you can’t get more Corman than a robotic sandshark! Once the plot is set up, the film is basically a free-for-all of gunfights, fistfights, gore and gags as in-fighting and back-stabbing take hold. And that’s the thing about the film – despite being a man vs. alien flick, the best parts of the story come from the underhandedness of the “players” involved – I say players as this does feel somewhat like a group of people participating in a real-world video game, they even go as far as saying that in the film!

The performances are pretty good for a B-movie, especially from the films only big-name stars Jason London and Roddy Piper, but out-acting everyone is Adrienne LaValley as stripper-come-badass alien fighter Linnea Gold who, despite a ridiculously ropey stripper performance in the films opening, manages to out class everyone else, she also has the best character arc of any of the films cast. Despite a couple of big(ish) name stars and a great performance from LaValley, the real star of Alien Infiltration is the special effects – the creature design from Ben Chester is fantastic, with some rather gooey FX (some CGI, some practical) combined with an alien exo-suit design, thankfully, all practical effects, that look like nothing else out there.

Alien Infiltration is at once silly and ludicrous, but at the same time a whole heap of B-movie fun.

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