Sunday, June 7, 2015

Extraterrestrial (Scream Factory Blu-ray)

Do not judge Extraterrestrial by its cover. I hate to say it, but after having watching this movie twice I feel that the Blu-ray art really doesn’t embody the feel of the movie. This is an alien movie. It’s actually more of a traditional looking alien ie an alien that looks more like the Greys or a stereotypical image of a 1950’s alien movie. Ignore the claws, and get ready for a movie that feels like a proper invasion in the middle of the woods picture that reminds me most of Without Warning but updated. Scream Factory has had its hand in some new releases as of late. Some of them are either Chiller TV or SyFy pictures. Still other are Asian horror movies that may have gone under your radar. Extraterrestrial is actually none of these. It is a proper independent Sci-Fi Horror releases, directed by the Vicious Brothers who gave us the fantastic Grave Encounters. In other words, don’t be frightened off because this isn’t a retro title straight out of your bucketlist. Be frightened because Extraterrestrial is a scary movie.

First off Extraterrestrial doesn’t necessarily break new ground in terms of creative alien appearance or story. It’s a standard monster in the woods picture. The aliens look like traditional aliens as has been previously stated. What works for this picture is the intensity of the visual experience, some excellent violence and a big, booming use of ominous sound to fill your anus with dread. Turn up the subwoofer and try not to wake your wife and kids. I did. Twice. The first half of the movie feels completely ordinary. This is absolutely intentional. This is the classic monster in the woods formula. The setup is always the same so you have to wait for the experience to get intense. It’s not slowburn. It just isn’t “from the outset” action.

Some of the musical selection has been criticized for using Heavy Metal music in places where a score might be more appropriate. This didn’t bother me, but some of you are sensitive to this type of thing and may ultimately hurt the picture for you. Is it as a good as Grave Encounters, a ghost in the asylum, found footage movie? I think it’s got a better narrative, but ultimately Grave Encounters is a bit more frightening. The ending of this movie shines in both its use of ick and practical effects to give a claustrophobic disturbing vision of what aliens truly want from us. This is a newer movie so it looks polished and perfect in HD.

Extras include:

Audio Commentary With The Vicious Brothers And Actors Brittany Allen And Melanie Papalia

Deleted Scenes

The Making Of Extraterrestrial Featurette

Theatrical Trailer

This was one of my favorite movies of 2014 and would pair nicely with Fire in the Sky or even the classic Scream Factory release Without Warning that made its first appearance on Blu-ray during the Summer of Fear in 2014.

From Scream Factory:

From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters, comes a pulse-pounding encounter of the deadly kind.

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

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