Saturday, January 19, 2008

Alien vs. Hunter

If you have seen the promotional poster for this movie, then you might think that this has something to do with the highly successful "Alien" franchise or maybe the sequel to "Alien vs Predator". Unfortunately, it's neither. After the first 10 minutes, I was hoping it might be a spoof or parody of the "Alien" movies. Sadly it's not that either. Although it is rather unintentionally funny.

The story revolves around two spaceships that crash land on Earth. One contains a menacing alien and the other an alien hunter that is hunting the alien. Both spaceships land in the vicinity of a small country town where Marty (William Katt), a local newspaper reporter - and wannabe Pulitzer Prize writer - resides. After witnessing an alien attack firsthand, Marty tries to inform the townsfolk of what he saw and they all go to investigate further but eventually find themselves caught up in the hunt. I won't comment any further on the plot line, but if you have seen any of the "Alien" or "Predator" movies, then you can probably guess the rest.

The alien looks a little similar to those seen in the "Alien" movies, but the it has a body of a spider. Due to the rather lackluster special effects in this movie, the alien doesn't look anywhere near as menacing as those seen in the "Alien" movies. The alien hunter looks like a cross between the "Iron Giant" and the robot from "Lost in Space" (the old 60s TV show). And I am making it sound a lot better than what it really is.

This is a strictly straight-to-video movie that will probably get more attention for its cover poster than anything else. It was sad to see William Katt in this movie. I used to like him in the 80s TV show "The Greatest American Hero" and even the "House" horror films, but he really seems miscast in this dud. All the actors are terribly bad probably due to a dire script. There is also some terrible editing, but I have a feeling this was done to hide the atrocious special effects and poor action scenes.

I would categorize this movie in the same class as "Scorpius Gigantus" (2006), "Species III: Set Invasion" (2004) and "Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation" (2004). All straight-to-video duds with lame special effects, poor editing and terrible acting. Don't waste your time...


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