Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been a fan of horror films, especially the cheesy and campy ones from the 80’s. From Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare of Elm Street, to lesser fare such as C.H.U.D., I’ve enjoyed them all. Directors the Vicious Brothers seem to like those kind of the films too, as their latest film, Extraterrestrial, reminded me of some good old fashioned campy fun that those without high expectations will get their alien kicks from.
The story follows April (Brittany Allen) and her boyfriend Kyle (Freddie Stroma) who are looking forward to spending some time together at April’s parents’ cabin in the woods. Of course it’d be too much like right for just the two of them to spend some quality time together, as Kyle invites some of his obnoxious friends (Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic) to come along, much to April’s dismay. It isn’t long before everyone gets settled in and starts to party with beer and weed (gotta have those in a horror movie party right?) and some aliens show up and start killing folks. This leads to a few more characters showing up to help out and most likely die such as the local Sheriff (Gil Bellows) that happens to know about the aliens, and the always awesome Michael Ironside who plays a wacky, gun-loving Vietnam vet named Travis that even has a pot farm (yeah I didn’t see that coming *sarcasm*). It’s up to them to team up and put an end to this alien menace once and for all.
I actually didn’t think the movie was too bad, despite most of the characters being silly clichés, especially Kyle’s friends who seem to have walked out of every 80’s and 90’s horror film ever made. The only person to really stand out is Michael Ironside, who you can tell tried to have fun with what he had to work with. He really steals the film with his zany character and is easily the best part of the movie. The special effects weren’t too bad surprisingly, and the Vicious brothers do manage to come up with a fair amount of genuine thrills that’s sure to shock those who watch.
Those looking for some fun but predictable thrills to bring in Halloween with might just enjoy the Vicious brothers’ Extraterrestrial. It’s not one of the best horror entries, but it’s not the worse either, as decent special effects, some nice thrills and Michael Ironside help make it a fairly pleasant alien romp. Just don’t go in expecting a masterpiece and you’re sure to have fun playing in the alien goo here.