Folks, here is another review in our classic reflections section on another B-movie, called Alien Trespass.
Side note: Wikipedia has a nice article about the meaning of B Movies and it makes for interesting reading when you have a few minutes. A B Movie was usually the second feature in a two film presentation, but through the years the B Movie moniker has come to be associated with low budget, badly made movies.
Lots of what we consider classic sci fi movies fall into this niche – unfortunately. Some of these movies have great story ideas, casts and even acting, but if you don’t have a large budget, you just don’t have money to make the film look good or believable to audiences. (Back in the old days most theaters would usually show: a cartoon, a news real, 2 movies and sometimes even give you a dish according to my dad who grew up in New York City.)
I have a newer, more recent classic reflection movie than what we usually focus on called Alien Trespass. It’s more like a homage to 1950s sci fi movies, and didn’t make a big splash when it came out so that’s why I’m including it here.
Astronomer Ted Lewis (Erik McCormick) has his body taken over by an alien who is trying to find the dangerous Ghota, another alien that escaped when their ship crashed on Earth. The good alien takes over Ted’s body and enlists the help of a waitress named Tammy to help him find the Ghota before it wrecks havoc on the Earth.
Chock full of scenes and in-jokes referring to all those wonderful sci fi movies from the 50s, this movie is a lot of fun and entertaining. The director and producer, R.W. Goodwin was a co-executive producer for the X Files and this is his only film to date. He was inspired by his love of 50s sci fi, and there are elements of It Came from Outerspace, War of the Worlds and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers in this film. As well as the use of lush colors reminiscent of This Island Earth and Invaders from Mars there is great attention to detail in the set designs, costumes and props.
You can tell the actors have a great time and there are fun performances, especially from McCormick. He is well known for his role as Will in the popular sit com Will and Grace. I think his talent as a comedic actor is outstanding and hopefully we’ll see more of him. (He’s on my list of “Actors who are Under-rated by Hollywood .”) Also in the film is Robert Patrick, no stranger to the genre (Terminator 2, Fire in the Sky and the X Files) and Jenni Baird (The 4400) who is from Australia but does a great turn as the plucky waitress Tammy.
This movie is about 1 hour and 30 minutes and get enough popcorn and cookies to last through this cinematic classic, Alien Trespass.