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Alien Raiders

Derek Basco , Rockmond Dunbar , Ben Rock    R (Restricted)   DVD

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Title, Great Movie Feb. 10 2009
By Enigma1066 - Published on Amazon.com
Moderately scaled indie film, but really quite excellent. Just pretend the title doesn't exist. Tape over it with your own, more clever title. But it's a very tight script; the "robbers" from the beginning have a sordid history that unviels throughout the film, but you're only told what you need to know to enjoy the movie and wonder about these people. The action is tastefully full of gore, but rarely does the movie hold too long on the squishiness. And there's no UFO, ignore the cover, but there are aliens.

Anyway, it's a solid 85 minute romp, and I'm really glad I saw it. It plays on some cliches, flips over others. Tis a good time.

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got Your Shopping List? March 12 2009
By Larry G. Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! Finally! I have found a new sci-fi/horror that isn't lousy. And let me tell you, with all the junk coming out lately, it wasn't easy. I took a chance on this one and was rewarded with a film that manages to combine just about everything in the genre and explain it all at the same time. The film is fast paced, the special effects are good and you don't have someone telling you what has happened. You pick it up in bits and pieces and put them together. A bunch of robbers hit a supermarket and start picking off customers by having one of the robbers touch them. They happen to come in just as the detective of the local police department is leaving. The robbers don't want money and turn out not to be robbers after all. They are a group of self-made commandos looking for someone (or thing) in particular. That's it. I can't go any further without spoiling the film. It's an Independent Film with a good cast and comes at a great price. Get it - You'll enjoy it.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Reading Now and Watch this Movie April 12 2009
By William McNeill - Published on Amazon.com
Don't be put off by the terrible title and stupid DVD cover, "Alien Raiders" is a taut well-done thriller, but the less you know about it the better, so your best bet is to not read anything else on this page and just watch it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien Invasion Thriller That Keeps You Interested Nov. 5 2013
By SRFireside - Published on Amazon.com
I have to agree with other reviewers. Alien Raiders is a lame title that hardly lends itself to what this movie is about. Now that we have that out of the way what about the movie itself? It's a different take on the alien invasion genre, and that's what makes this movie so unique and entertaining. Its not a perfect film, but it can't be denied that this movie will make you get into whats going on and keep you held through the conclusion. This is the kind of film making that you don't see so much from a direct to video production. It's worth checking out if you are into sci-fi thrillers with a taste of horror.

Alien Raiders is about a group of normal people who have become alien hunters. They narrow down their search to a small town grocery store and go in like psychopaths taking hostages. From here the story unfolds. The aliens they hunt take over human bodies, so figuring out which ones are humans and which are aliens can be tricky without help. That's essentially where the story gets you to. You have a set of hostages and the hunters have to figure out which ones are the aliens. The themes have that paranoid feel of movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers or The Thing. The approach they take on this theme is what sets it apart. From the beginning of the film you don't know what's going on. As the story progresses you start to know a little more. The plot continues to feed you tiny nuggets of background story and plot progression. In the end you have one parts thriller, one part mystery, and one part horror film with all the speculation and wondering about who and what that makes this kind of film good.

The movie may not keep you at the edge of your seat, but it does keep you interested. I don't think Alien Raiders was made to be an intense thriller. More like an intellectual thriller that relishes keeping you interested in the little details. I do have to say that as the movie comes to it's conclusion that sense of mystery and thrill gets replaced with your standard monster fight and ultimately a disappointing and utterly predictable ending. I wasn't impressed with how they chose to wrap up the plot, but I did enjoy the ride.

This being a direct to video production the film budget isn't all that big, but they do a lot with the resources. You forget it's low budget (until the ending) because the story gets interesting and the way it's shot and the way the script flows will grab your attention. Make up effects and such are serviceable and actually work better than if they would have tried it with computer animated effects. The cast is diverse, which helps with the whole, "who could be the alien?" feel.

This DVD is not a bad package. The video is good and the sound is really dynamic during the scenes where that counts. The packaging is a little misleading as you don't get to see any spaceships or groups of crawly creatures anywhere om the film (I guess that fits the whole theme of having a title that doesn't represent the movie as well). The extras have some pretty neat items as well.

Hidden Terror: The Making of Alien Raiders - Your basic making of documentary. It's not one of those marketing fluff featurettes as it does have some real meat in the bone with explanations on the movie's origins and the methodology they went with in making it.

Blood, Sweat, and Fears: The special effects of Alien Raiders - A second documentary focusing on makeup and gore techniques. It is brief with not a lot of content.

Tape #9: Sterling Explains Alien - This is an interesting extra. It's done like those tapes found in the film and holds some neat details on the alien creatures. It goes through the origins of the creature as well as a sort of retrospective from the film. It's done like a scientific analysis which adds a little authenticity if not an exciting extra.

Tape #12: Spooky's Job - Goes into more details on the character Spooky and his ability to sense the aliens. If you had questions during the film about this guy this 'tape' does a lot to explain things.

Whitney Cam - A little Facebook/MySpace looking video of the character Whitney and her day to day musings of her normal life. Doesn't lend all that much to the whole package, but a little interesting nonetheless.

Alien Raiders is a neat concept that is well executed up until the final conflict of the film. While I hate that the film went for the cliched' and often traveled road in the end the majority of the content of the film makes up for it. Most sci-fi fans should find something to latch onto in this film, but it's mostly for those interested in body snatcher type films.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten horror classic! July 20 2012
By Mike9kb - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great forgotten movie. So forgotten that not even be release on Blu-ray. In the tradition of The Thing [Blu-ray], this movie take you on a dark journey to kill the ultimate terror on earth, a Alien parasite who is about to escape from the only people who know it exist. Four hunter have the mission to stopped but first they have to survive two enemies. The aliens and the police authorities of a small town name Buck Lake. This DVD is packed with a lot of action and great special features: 3 making of the movie and a couple of lost tape that explain the alien and the aftermath of the end of the movie. Great movie for those who love The Thing (Blu-ray/DVD) and Aliens [Blu-ray].

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