Alien Apocalypse Release Date: 2005 Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy Director(s): Josh Becker, (Running Time, Stryker’s War) Writer(s): Josh Becker (Running Time, Stryker’s War) Starring: Bruce Campbell What kind of surprised me about Alien Apocalypse is that most reviewers disliked it. While most have said that it is mildly entertaining, especially when compared to […]

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Alien Apocalypse
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
Director(s): Josh Becker, (Running Time, Stryker’s War)
Writer(s): Josh Becker (Running Time, Stryker’s War)
Starring: Bruce Campbell

What kind of surprised me about Alien Apocalypse is that most reviewers disliked it. While most have said that it is mildly entertaining, especially when compared to other Sci-Fi Channel Premieres, I think I’m one of the few who actually loved it.

In those naysayers’ defense, Alien Apocalypse IS a Romanian-shot alien movie with a predictable story and at times a lack of creativity. I still had a great time with it, as it’s that campy feel that made it so damn fun to watch.

Dr. Hood and three of his colleagues have been frozen in space for forty years. Don’t ask for details on that, as they’re unimportant. What is important is that during their absence Earth has been taken over by wood-seeking termite aliens that have enslaved much of the human race. After Hood’s partner Kelly (O’Connor) is captured by the aliens, he manages to get away, but not before killing one of them without much of a problem. Between Bruce Campbell’s token one-liners, Hood searches out free citizens to assist him both in finding the President and forcing the aliens back to their home planet.

I’m honestly not that big of a fan of Bruce Campbell. While he was great in the Evil Dead movies and all, I don’t think that he deserves the praise that is constantly placed before him by fanboys. In Alien Apocalypse, however, he did a damn fine job of convincing me of his supposed greatness. It was that combination of being accustomed to cheapie Romania production values and Campbell’s charisma that allowed me to have such a great time with the film.

In short, this isn’t one for the French cinema fans.

Alien Apocalypse is one of the campiest films I’ve seen in a long time and I dug it because of that.
DVD: A few minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and an excellent, self-deprecating commentary track with director/writer Josh Becker and Campbell. Commentary tracks on movies made in Romania are almost always awesome, as the culture clashes that occur between the filmmakers and the Romanian crew make for great stories.

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