Alien Apocalypse

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Alien Apocalypse
Distributed by Sci-Fi Channel
Directed by Josh Becker
Produced by Jeff Franklin
Bob Perkis
Written by Josh Becker
Starring Bruce Campbell
Renee O'Connor
Remington Franklin
Michael Cory Davis
Peter Jason
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Cinematography David Worth
Editing by Shawn Paper
Production company Syfy
Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Sci-Fi Channel
Release date March 26, 2005
Running time 88 minutes

Alien Apocalypse is a 2005 Sci Fi channel original movie, directed and written by Josh Becker, and starring Bruce Campbell, Renee O'Connor, Remington Franklin, Michael Cory Davis and Peter Jason. It was released on DVD on March 26, 2005.

Plot[edit]

Astronaut and Osteopath, Dr. Ivan Hood (Bruce Campbell) and his companion Kelly (Renee O'Connor) return to Earth after a 40 year space mission with two other astronauts. They are soon captured by other humans and one of their team is killed after sustaining a sprain; Dr. Hood pointed out that it would have healed in a few days. They are taken to a work camp, to their surprise, is run by locust-like aliens. These aliens had arrived 20 years ago to feast on the trees and used E.M.P. bombs to cripple earth before their invasion. The other member of their team is eaten alive by one of the aliens after refusing to work. The camp is supervised by human bounty hunters; they are treated better. After seeing how illiterate and savage humans have become due to the aliens, Dr. Hood and Kelly plan to make an escape the next day after hearing rumors that the President has survived and has an army waiting to strike back.

The escape plan goes off without a hitch, but Kelly is recaptured by one of the guards. Dr. Hood travels to find the president and meets other humans who believe the President has survived. Dr. Hood and his convoy reach a secret headquarters to discover remnants of the American government and the President, who is now a shell of his former self. Extremely ticked off, Dr. Hood decides to rally the escaped slaves himself and plan an attack on the bug camp that Kelly is still being held at. The attack begins successfully and Kelly (who has lost one of her fingers as punishment for trying to escape) joins in. Things seem hopeless when the bugs bring in heavy artillery, but the President's group arrives and pulls off a sneak attack that blows up the bug's tanks. The other slaves join in and defeat the bugs. Dr. Hood and his rebels then went on a quest to continue killing the bugs and gather more followers from the camps. "In time he (Dr. Hood) became known as The Great Exterminator".

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

This film was shot in Bulgaria (same as Man with the Screaming Brain, also starring Campbell). According to the DVD commentary many of the actors in the film were Bulgarian and spoke little English so most of the dialogue was dubbed or "looped" in post-production.

Reception[edit]

Alien Apocalypse received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews said "By the time the Spartacus-inspired finale rolls around, it's clear we're not meant to take any of this seriously." Stefan Birgir Stefansson of SBS.IS gave a negative review, stating that "Not even Bruce can save this one."

See also[edit]

  • Planet of the Apes, a film with the same premise (Earth conquered/ruled), but with regard to talking apes.
  • Android Apocalypse, a film with the same premise (Earth conquered/ruled), but with regard to androids.

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