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Extraterrestrial (2014) – Movie Review

Extraterrestrial (2014)
Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside, Anja Savcic, Emily Perkins, Sean Rogerson
IMDB Rating: 5.4
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Plot: A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

Extraterrestrial (2014)

 

Review: Still reeling from her parents divorce, April, played by Brittany Allen (Defiance) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend, played by Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter & The Half Blooded Prince, Pitch Perfect), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Alien invasion movies have been recycled more times than toilet paper, but instead of going for the found footage genre the Vicious Brothers are known for, they decide to go the route of reinvention (Grave Encounters).

This movie won’t go down in history as one of the best ever alien invasion movies of all time, but if you’re looking for a horror flick about the Greys going on an all out safari to eliminate a group of outmatched humans, then this is the flick for you.

The film starts out with a group of five friends traveling into the middle of nowhere to a secluded cabin-in-the-woods. From here it’s simple – survive the night. Yet surviving the night seems to be stacked against them, as they are being stalked by gangly alien greys who are out for their own night of fun and revelry.

The film certainly did borrow from other such films such as The Matrix (watch the scene where April escapes the cocoon and explores the ship) , The Forth Kind, Fire In The Sky, Signs. Not to forget the conspiracy theories thrown out here and there by Michael Ironside.

The film is creepy, and delicious for horror buffs. Keep watch for the anal probe scene. These guys sure put a new spin on that meaning 🙂

Verdict: If you go out to the woods, whatever you do, don’t go killing any Greys 🙂 
My Rating: 7 out of 10

 

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The Beacon – Movie Review

The Beacon – Written & Directed by Michael Stokes.

Stars: Teri Polo, David Rees Snell, Elaine Hendrix, Michael Ironside, Marnette Patterson.

Tagline: If you think you’re alone … Think again

This is a movie that will make my list of favorites. Although some of the actors should never have been in this to begin with, the rest of the cast carried the movie well. Especially the talents of Teri Polo and Michael Ironside.

The movie starts out with the opening scene showing Paul and Bryn Shaw moving into the charming old Beacon Apartments, and trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of their four year old son. Soon after the movie begins we see Christina Wade make her appearance as the cliché sister. (She’s a hot babe with some of the worse lines in any movie. One moment she is flashing her breasts to the movers, and the next she is reciting platitudes disguised as pearls of wisdom).

As the movie unfolds, Bryn begins seeing a ghostly little boy skulking around the building. With the help of an eccentric young professor and a tough old beat cop, Bryn tries to uncover the details of the boy’s death. She hopes that freeing the child will allow him to carry a message to her son. Too late she realizes a second malevolent entity stalks the halls of the Beacon: one that doesn’t want the boy to escape.

This movie offered what I like in a ghost movie. There were moments in it that took me by surprise, and the ending is definitely something you wont want to miss.

I would give this movie 5 Stars.

Synopsis: The photographer Bryn (Teri Polo) and the astronomer Paul Shaw (David Rees Snell) move to a small, but cozy one bedroom apartment in the Beacon Apartments in Texas to rebuild their lives. Three years ago, in Halloween, Bryn neglected attention to their son Danny that disappeared, apparently drown in a lake nearby a carnival. Bryn tried to commit suicide and Paul sacrificed his career to support her.

In the relocation, the couple is helped by Bryn’s sister Christina Wade (Marnette Patterson) that befriends the next door neighbor Will “Ty” Tyler (Nick Sowell). Paul finds a job in the local university and shares his office with the eccentric anthropologist Simon Valencia (Jonny Cruz). Along the days, Bryn has visions and nightmares with a ghostly boy and she decides to investigate how he died and seeks out his father James Nash (Kevin Scott Keating).

Meanwhile Paul helps the decadent actress Vanessa Carver (Elaine Hendrix) but does not tell details to his wife. When Bryn discovers that James is also dead, she realizes that she had contacted ghosts in the building and tells Professor Simon, trying to find how to communicate with her diseased son. However, after his research, Simon finds the truth about the Beacon Apartments.

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