|Directed by||R.W. Goodwin|
|Produced by||R.W. Goodwin
|Written by||Stephen P. Fisher|
|Music by||Louis Febre|
|Editing by||Vaune Kirby Frechette
|Distributed by||Roadside Attractions
|Running time||90 minutes|
Alien Trespass is a 2009 science-fiction comedy film based on 1950s sci-fi B movies. It stars Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). The film was shot in Ashcroft, B.C.
The story begins in 1957 in the star-filled skies above California's Mojave Desert. It is a special night for noted astronomer Ted Lewis, who is preparing a special dinner for his beautiful, adoring wife Lana to celebrate their wedding anniversary. In another part of town, Tammy, a waitress at small local diner with big plans for the future, looks out her window and is excited to see a shooting star, which she takes as a good sign for her dreams. But, what Dr. Lewis and Tammy assume is a shooting star, is really an alien spaceship. The fiery ball hurtles toward earth and crash-lands on a butte in the desert. The only witnesses are teens Dick and Penny who are necking in a nearby lover's lane. A tall, metallic alien named Urp emerges from the craft unharmed, alarmed to discover that the monstrous Ghota, who was also on board, has escaped. The menacing one-eyed creature's unquenchable appetite could mean the end of civilization as we know it. Urp is the only one who knows how to stop the hideous extraterrestrial, but to do so he has to take over the body of Dr. Lewis and enlist the aid of Tammy, the only human in town willing to believe and trust in his mission. The local police - including Chief Dawson and Officer Vern - are confirmed skeptics and offer little help. Together, Urp and Tammy must hunt down the Ghota and neutralize it before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world.
- Eric McCormack as Ted Lewis / Urp
- Jenni Baird as Tammy
- Robert Patrick as Vernon
- Jody Thompson as Lana Lewis
- Dan Lauria as Chief Dawson
- Sarah Smyth as Penny
- Aaron Brooks as Cody
- Andrew Dunbar as Dick
- Dayna Reid as Betsy
- Chelah Horsdal as Betsy's Mother
- Sage Brocklebank as Stu
- Jonathon Young as Lloyd
- Tom McBeath as Wilson
The movie received mixed reviews. The film holds a 34% "Fresh" rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 67 reviews, with an average score of 4.8/10. The site's main consensus describes it as "a playful send-up of 1950s-era sci-fi films tracing the bizarre events that unfold after a mysterious space object crashes into a California mountaintop. Based on a story by James Swift and Steven Fisher (who also penned the screenplay), the Technicolor-flavored genre-bender follows a benevolent alien (McCormack) as he attempts to fend off a seriously strange invader."
Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars and felt that the film was, "obviously a labor of love. But why? Is there a demand for cheesy 1950s sci-fi movies not met by the existing supply? Will younger audiences consider it to be merely inept, and not inept with an artistic intention? Here is a movie more suited to ComicCon or the World Science Fiction Convention than to your neighborhood multiplex". In her review for The New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis described the film as "a charmingly sentimental but ultimately pointless hommage to the sci-fi classics of yesteryear". Betsy Sharkey, in her review for the Los Angeles Times, felt that "there is attention to detail throughout this film, and it's clear that Goodwin loves those old sci-fi movies -- maybe a little too much. While Alien Trespass stays true to the era and the genre, it forgets that its mission in this galaxy is not merely to pay tribute but to entertain".
IGN mixed praise and complaint, saying, "Alien Trespass was clearly made with the intention to both emulate and satirize the classic B-movie sci-fi films of the 1950s – and not in a semi-serious Roland Emmerich kind of way, but in a careful replication of the era, complete with flying saucers, sub-par effects and some overly hammy acting. The problem, unfortunately, is that the movie aims to have it both ways and quite simply can't, straddling the cinematic line for about 10 minutes before falling gracelessly into its own confused voice." The reviewer added, however, "If Alien Trespass succeeds in any regard, it's simply in creating a world that feels, at least in spirit, like an authentic – or perhaps nostalgic – depiction of the period. The sets, the costumes, the cars, the vocal affectations – neither parody nor slavish recreation. And the visual effects, despite being created by CG to appear properly low-tech, feel enough like large plastic creatures and saucers on strings to blend seamlessly into the spirit of the piece. All in all, the design of the film is considerably more effective than its substance."
In his review for the Boston Globe, Ty Burr wrote, "There's more simple joy to be found here than in all of DreamWorks' 3-D extravaganza, though - a pleasure that comes from laughing at the movie and with it at the same time". Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B+" rating and Lisa Schwarzbaum praised its "warm tone, along with the picture's bright, saturated, anti-CGI look, is a welcome respite from jokes, irony, and the postmodern malaise of know-it-all-ness".
- War of the Worlds
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- It Came From Outer Space
- Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
- Forbidden Planet
- Invaders from Mars
- Mars Attacks!
- The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
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- Official website
- Alien Trespass at the Internet Movie Database
- Alien Trespass at Rotten Tomatoes
- Alien Trespass at the TCM Movie Database
- Genre From Another Planet: The ’50s, The New York Times, March 27, 2009
- Director R.W. Goodwin Discusses Alien Trespass at AMCtv.com
- Interview with R.W. Goodwin at Starlog magazine