The Alien Factor

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The Alien Factor
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDon Dohler
Produced byDon Dohler
Written byDon Dohler
StarringDon Leifert
Tom Griffith
Richard Dyszel
Mary Mertens
Richard Geiwitz
George Stover
Eleanor Herman
Anne Frith
Music byKenneth Walker
CinematographyBritt McDonough
Edited byDon Dohler
Dave Ellis
Cinemagic Visual Effects
Distributed byCinemagic Visual Effects
Release date
  • May 12, 1978 (1978-05-12)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Alien Factor is a 1978 science fiction horror film written, edited, produced, and directed by Don Dohler. The film centers on a small town that is besieged by three aliens that have crash-landed in the nearby forest.


A spaceship crashes in a sparsely populated area of Earth and three horrific aliens survive the accident. The grotesque extraterrestrials soon begin to terrorize the local residents, until one intrepid soul chooses to fight back.


  • Don Leifert as Ben Zachary
  • Tom Griffith as Sheriff Cinder
  • Richard Dyszel as Mayor Wicker
  • Mary Mertens as Edie Martin
  • Richard Geiwitz as Pete
  • George Stover as Steven
  • Eleanor Herman as Mary Jane Carter
  • Anne Frith as Dr. Ruth Sherman

Larry Schlechter and John Cosentino starred as the Inferbyce and Zagatile aliens respectively.


The Alien Factor was filmed in 1972 and was shelved for six years before it was finally released theatrically on May 1, 1978.[1][2]


Home Media[edit]

The film was released on DVD by Retromedia Entertainment on February 26, 2002. Image Entertainment released the film on November 15, 2005 as a part of its Don Dohler Collection. It was last released by Mill Creek Entertainment on July 19, 2011.[3]


TV Guide awarded the film a negative two out of five stars calling it "silly", also writing, "Only the undiscriminating will be able to sit through this one".[2] Dave Sindelar on his film review website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings criticized the film's acting as "non-existent when it isn’t bad" and direction, which Sindelar equated to being "inspired by Larry Buchanan" and concluded that the film would only be of interest for bad movie fanatics.[4] Critical Outcast gave the film a negative review writing, "The Alien Factor is undeniably bad, but it does have a certain energy to it, credit for a guy who went out and just did it. I would not really recommend you go out of your way for it. It is not a good movie, just admirable for the conditions under which it was made."[5] VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever awarded the film one and a half out of four bones, noting that the film had "decent special effects".[6]


The film titled The Alien Factor 2: Alien Rampage was not actually a sequel. The sequel-sounding title was chosen by Retromedia distributor Fred Olen Ray to market the film on DVD in 2002. The original title for The Alien Factor 2 was Alien Rampage. Alien Rampage was filmed in 1999 and was Don Dohler's comeback movie after an 11-year hiatus from filmmaking.


  1. ^ "The Alien Factor (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Alien Factor - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ "The Alien Factor (1978) - Donald M. Dohler". AllMovie. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  4. ^ Sindelar, Dave. "The Alien Factor (1977)". Dave Sindelar. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  5. ^ Beaumont, Christoper. "Critical Outcast: Movie Review: The Alien Factor". Christopher Beaumont. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ Jim Craddock (2011). VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever. Gale/Cengage Learning. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-4144-4878-7.

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