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Alien Trespass (Geoff's take)

01/08/2009. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Alien Trespass in the USA - or Buy Alien Trespass in the UK

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Region 1 DVD: pub: Image Entertainment RKW6273DVD. 84 minute movie with lots of extras. Price: $ 27.98(US) and for those who use expensive Blu-Ray $35.98 (US). stars: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Dan Lauria and Robert Patrick.

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Back in the late 1950s, the Goldstone film studio produced a film called 'Alien Trespass', regarding it as one of its finest Science Fiction films. It was canned and destroyed when the head of the studio had a contract dispute with its star, M. Eric McCormack, whose career went into a rapid decline. Recently, when some of the studio space was sold off for housing development, a lone print was discovered in the vault there and the rest is history. Well, made-up history actually.

'Alien Trespass' is not so much a piss-take but a re-make of 'It Came From Outer Space' with touches of several other films, like 'Invaders From Mars', from that period and oddly, some lines that wouldn't have been out of place in the Zucker Brothers' 'Airplane' which came much later but that's not important right now.

One very unusual oddity is that after the studio introduction and the censor rating, the DVD appears to freeze. Nothing to do with a change in the temperature or allowing the slower readers to get through the notice or even stopping to clear the DVD from any marks it might have or the desire to chuck the DVD player through the window (don't try that as unless it's made of sugar glass it will bounce back at you).

If you just press the 'skip forward' button on the DVD remote, you will be propelled to a formal 50s small documentary about the main event even if you do wonder when is it ever going to happen next. If you're not a diabetic, don't forget the customary bowl of popcorn and coke (the drink not the black coal stuff or the white powder variety as it wasn't around then and you shouldn't partake of anyway) and to flee in blind panic when you see the alien beasties. It might pay to keep a tumbler of salt within easy reach.

An alien spaceship crashes down amongst a meteorite shower and a couple of creatures called the Ghoto get loose. You can't miss them. They look like large tree stumps with a large cyclopean eye and killer tentacles with stealth properties - that's the total them, not just the tentacles. They also treat the nearby quiet town as a convenient diner, having had a few human snacks along the way, leaving only gooey puddles in their path.

Urp, another alien dressed in baco-foil, possesses the body of local astronomer and pipe-smoker and knows how to barbecue and burn giant steaks Dr. Ted Lewis (actor M. Eric McCormack) who has to adjust to bi-polar feelings and other human customs as he goes off in pursuit of the Ghoto.

You also get the usual cross-selection of people. The police who don't believe in aliens. Actor Robert Patrick was only in it for a while but leaves a suitable impression shall we say, Some late teen students who don't actually become late if you see what I mean. A human diner and a plucky waitress who comes to the rescue.

The fact that the entire film is played straight using all the 1950s tropes makes it all the more hilarious and if you enjoy 50s SF films, you'll have fun spotting the various homages. The director is R.W. Goodwin, a name you should remember from some obscure 90s TV series called 'The X-Files'. For those with a good memory for 'Stargate SG-1', you'll also observe actor Tom McBeath in a cameo role.

You'll also delight in the use of paranoid cameras and when cars are driven crazily, they aren't joking. You'll also learn the best way to beat an alien is not with a gun or stick but some good old-fashioned salt, so make sure you stock up on some just in case.

People will talk of 'Alien Trespass' for ages. You, in the meantime, should put down some money and get your own copy and see what really went on. If you live in the UK like yours truly, be grateful that you bought a multi-region DVD player - you won't regret it.

GF Willmetts

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