Movie Review: Alien Raiders

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0996979/

Now this is how a low budget movie should be made. Alien Raiders was absolutely great.

A supermarket in a small Arizona town is taken over by a bunch of gunmen. A hostage situation results, only the gunmen aren’t there to rob the place, they’re hunting space aliens. 

Shot entirely in one location, a grocery store, and populated by a bunch of actors you’ve never seen before, with a really basic plot, you wouldn’t expect much from this flick, but it takes that one location, and absolutely milks it. It takes that basic plot and uses a bunch of little touches to make it memorable and smart. The acting was pretty dang good, across the board.

Okay, I take it back about actors you’ve never seen before. I just checked IMDB. I’ve just never followed 24 or Prison Break. I’ve seen probably five episodes of 24 over 7 years, and I’ve never actually watched Prison Break, so I guess that there are some actors that have done stuff.

The end is a little predictable, but it doesn’t matter, because the ride to get there was worth it.  The mutated alien isn’t anything special, but they use effective shakey cam and lighting to keep the alien menacing.

It was really the little thoughtful touches that made this movie great. I don’t want to give anything away, but it is what they do for the people after their alien test that is my favorite part, because you might as well be nice and professional to the people you’re having to torment.  The ice buckets and the medic’s hand are just good writing.

Go get it. This is the best B Movie I’ve seen lately.

3 Responses

  1. OK, so have you seen “Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town”? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103959/ Should be right up your alley. B movie at best and to get to see on eof hte original MTV V-Jays take an Axe to the head is just rpiceless.

  2. A friend of mine is working on the set of a movie called “How I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse”. It’s not up on imdb yet, but it’s supposed to be coming soon.

  3. I checked out the flick last night via “On Demand” since I couldn’t find it at my local Red Box. Great flick, and a very fun ride. I loved the part where Spook asks “I am?” “Yeah, Spook, you are.” My only real gripe was the dude that kept racking his shotgun all the time. Sure, it sounds “cool” but unless your firing between pumps all your doing is unloading the frakking thing. ;-) Thanks for the review; I’m having a couple of my friends put it on their Netflix rent list.

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