Blu-ray Review: EXTRATERRESTRIAL

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EXTRATERRESTRIAL is the latest movie from The Vicious Brothers (Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz) and stars Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside, Anja Savcic, Emily Perkins and Sean Rogerson.

This sci-fi thriller follows a group of friends who head out to a cabin in the woods to have a little fun and fireworks. Once they arrive, things quickly get dark and strange when they witness a fireball land in the woods nearby and guess what, they decide to investigate. They all head out into the woods and what they discover is something from out of this world, literally. They find what appears to be a UFO and to top this off, they also find some footprints coming out of the wreckage that leads into the woods. Yes, something survived the crash and they are about to find out what it is in horrifying fashion.

From this point on, this weekend that was supposed to be full of fun and good times turns into a deadly encounter when  the group comes face to face with the aliens and these aren’t your friendly  kind of extraterrestrials either! The group witnesses one of their friends get caught in a beam from another UFO that appears and she gets zapped up into the craft. There’s nothing but chaos, hysterics and running for their lives from this point on as these aliens slowly seek the group of friends out and captures them, one by one. There’s no way for this group to escape the horrors they are about to witness.

The cool thing about this movie is, it doesn’t stop with these abductions where most movies do end. The Vicious Brothers take us on a trip into space where we get to see a few of the survivors wake up in this black goo and get free. Oh and when I say black goo, it appeared that the entire inside of the ship was coated with this crap. Anyway, they once again encounter these aliens ever so briefly in one final shocking encounter. Oh and this encounter for them isn’t their final stop either because the movie takes a crazy u-turn and gives the viewer one last surprising shocker. The neat thing about this is the viewer not only gets to see the inside of this space ship but what appears to be either the home world or possibly a massive mother ship. There’s lots of ships shown in this scene and it all looked really amazing!

Okay, first of all I’m a huge fan of The Vicious Brothers’ found-footage horror film Grave Encounters and let me tell you, they did not disappoint with this sci-fi offering. Let’s get past the weakest link of the movie right off. The story keeps it pretty simple with the formula we have seen in so many alien abduction and horror movies. We follow a group of friends who head out to a cabin in the woods, get it? All of these characters here are pretty much just victims for the aliens and a few of them end up interesting. There’s not much character development here so you really don’t care who gets what’s coming to them. There’s lots of chasing and chaos but we get so much more here. There is a nice horror element to this sci-fi thriller, from the eerie looking grey men we get to see, to the inside of one of their ships and what all comes with that, it’s all really amazing. There’s also a nice nod to the men in black and I’m not talking about the comedy either. Hello X-Files! The fact that this is a low budget indie effort and what all they have done with it could easily be pulled off as one of those million dollar studio movies and guess what, this movie is so much better than most of those. This is a small movie that plays so big!

So, the acting is all pretty good but the standout here is of course the aliens, special effects and camera work. We get to see plenty of the red lights from the ship in the movie with some scenes out in the woods and the cracks though the cabin and it all look so great. On top of this are the aliens and we get to see plenty of them too and they look really menacing. Once the movie heads out into space, all of the special effects used for these scenes just look so fantastic and the fact that this low budget movie goes this far just blew me away! They kept the design of the UFO’s pretty simple too, they’re just round flying saucers and I really liked that. There’s no over-the-top ship design here, it’s a basic look that we’re all familiar with. Did I mention there’s an anal probe scene? The movie is fast-paced and the special effects look amazing.  The Vicious Brothers didn’t leave anything out here and I’m not even telling you everything.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, an image and list of extras. Scream Factory also included some alternate artwork on the reverse sleeve so you have your pick of what you want on the front. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, Extraterrestrial was everything I was hoping for and so much more! I caught a screening of this movie back in October and it ended up landing in my Top 10 of 2014, that’s how cool of a watch it was – to me anyway. We get our fair share of alien abduction movies and some of them have been pretty cool over the years but I honestly haven’t seen something as creepy as this since Fire in the Sky. Extraterrestrial is literally one creepy movie of the most awesome kind with the perfect blend of horror and sci-fi! The Blu-ray releases on May 12th and is a must watch. This is easily one of my new favorite movies.

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Languages: English DTS Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Special Features:  Good Stuff! It might not look like much but everything included with this release allowed me to enjoy and appreciate Extraterrestrial even more than I already did. The Vicious Brothers are two seriously talented filmmakers and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

  • Audio Commentary with the Vicious Brothers and actors Brittany Allen and Melanie Papalia
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Extraterrestrial featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

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