03rd Jun2017

‘Alien Hunter’ DVD Review

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Karrueche Tran, Chris Zylka, Erica Eynon, Joe LoCicero, Rory Culkin, Anastasia Baranova, Thomas Dekker, Garrett Clayton, Sabina Gadecki, Bill Sage, Keelin Woodell, Serge Levin, Shad Gaspard, John D. Hickman | Written by Tim Ryan | Directed by Trevor Ryan


Deep in the woods of Willits, Northern California lives a pot grower by the name of Brock (Bill Sage) and his wife Peggy (Sabina Gadecki). They are being visited by the young Courtney (Anastasia Baranova) for a while and not only that, but they are being visited quite often by those evil little grey bastards from space. Either that or Brock is growing some pretty potent shit. Things become complicated when a group of young campers decide to pitch up in the dense forest. No matter what is going on… There’s going to be carnage.

Well, that’s what the trailers and other reviews would lead you to believe.

For me, this film is utter tripe. I came here for Dolph Lundgren and many people will too since he’s being plastered all over the promotional material for Alien Hunter. What exactly does he do in the film? He’s nothing but a fictional character in a cheesy police drama called Fists of Justice. OK, his character does play a part in the rest of the film, but if he wasn’t there, it wouldn’t make a difference. That being said, if someone makes Fists of Justice, I’d be very happy because that was the best part of the film!

That’s not exactly true. The one saving grace of this film is the alien and practical effects. It’s refreshing to see practical alien effects in a world where we can CGI nudity on to prudish performers. There’s a good level of gore here too. My biggest gripe is that I have seen this film many times done much better. Some are calling this the freshest slasher film since Tucker and Dale vs Evil… they must have stolen some of Brock’s stash! I just didn’t care about any of the characters which is bad because you’re supposed to. I haven’t seen so many recycled themes and tropes for a long time. Don’t even get me started on the ending.

As you can probably see, I was not a fan of Alien Hunter. I could go in to great lengths about everything I dislike, but that would mean spoiling aspects of the film because there are twists and turns throughout. I just didn’t care. The humour for me is what broke the camel’s (or should that be Grey’s?) back. Indie horror rarely does comedy right and this is again a film that is just young, dumb and full of cu… green slime. I don’t like to rag on films, but this was really quite tedious. That being said, I know a fair few people who live for this kind of film and more power to them.

Anybody got a light?

Alien Hunter is out now on DVD from High Fliers


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