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A documentary crew follows an elite unit of soldiers in the wake of an alien invasion.
REVIEW: Alien Outpost, also known as Mankind's Last Stand in parts of the world for it's upcoming home video release, came out
this past Friday on the usual Video-on-Demand locations such as
Itunes, Vudu, and the like, and the trailer looked so interesting to
me I had to order a digital copy and check it out as soon as I got
home from work that day. Now, the original title that some people may
know it under from news articles in the past was Outpost 37, but I
feel that, for once, the name change is actually beneficial and Alien
Outpost is the much better title. Usually I find last minute B-Movie
title changes to be annoying in that they always change it from
something great to something 'meh', but Outpost 37 was so plain and
generic and didn't really help portray what kind of movie it is, so
in that regard I feel Alien Outpost was a well-needed upgrade.
This one was brought to us via
IFC Midnight, which is a pretty well-known VOD-distribution company for
those who run in these circles. They've acquired and released many
great fun genre titles in the last several years, such as Alien Abduction, Extraterrestrial, Dark Summer, The Pact and its sequel,
Inner Demons, The Babadook, and Hangar 10 just to list but a few in
their vast catalogue of acquisitions. I actually really enjoy a lot
of what these VOD-distribution companies put out, and among them IFC
Midnight is easily one of my top favourites, sharing the spot only
with the equally-awesome Magnet, which is the company responsible for
bringing to our T.V.'s and computers such modern classics as The
Troll Hunter, the [REC] movies, the VHS trilogy, The Last Days on
Mars, Stage Fright, and The Protector 2, to name a few in their
equally-vast library of titles. I seriously cannot get enough of
either IFC or Magnet and always look forward to whatever they release
next. And luckily for me, IFC's most recent, Alien Outpost, also
turned out to be one of my favourites!
Alien Outpost picks up ten
years after an invasion by aliens dubbed The Heavies happened and
they were held off and eventually retreated, leaving many of their
kind behind. Various Outposts were set up around the world to monitor
for and seek out the remaining Heavies and the movie takes place at
one such outpost, located in Afghanistan. If any of you have seen the
war documentary Restrepo, this movie is pretty much a cross between
that and District 9, in that this was made in the style of a finished
and polished faux-documentary, very similar to Europa Report,
complete with a very effective musical score, talking head
interviews, overlaying text narration, and clips of news reports,
but, you know, with aliens.
I love found footage in
general, but some movies I feel just don't need it and could have
been even better had it been a traditionally-shot movie. The Dinosaur Project and Frankenstein's Army are two other such ones I feel that
way about, and there were many times during this movie that I was
thinking to myself that, while as cool and fun as this flick is, there was almost no reason for it to be found footage-esque and could
have been even better had it just been a regular movie. With that
said, the first person camera perspective here really helps make you
feel right there in the war zone alongside these soldiers, with
bullets whizzing by and explosions going off all around, and the fact
that it's not so much found footage per sey, but done as a finished
documentary, helps make it feel a bit more fresh and professional than
the average found footage fare.
This 'documentary' follows
one military unit as they arrive at the rundown outpost that's been
left in disrepair, and after they get hazed in by the current
soldiers stationed there they start bonding with them and play
various games and goof off and do whatever other activities they can
come up with to pass away their boredom in between their regular
patrols of the area as the days go on, during which time we kind of
get to come to know many of these soldiers and start feeling attached
to them. Because of that, we actually give a shit when, during a
routine patrol, the platoon is ambushed by the Heavies and their
commanding officer is taken prisoner, and in another part of the
movie one of the younger characters is taken by surprise and suddenly
killed off with no warning. Very often in these kind of flicks you
just don't care much about what happens to the characters on screen,
but this movie went above and beyond to make you get to know these
people and care about them. Of course that wouldn't be possible if
the actors were crap or eye-rollingly bad, but they were all actually
really damn good and believable. There's not a wide range of
characters outside army soldiers and a couple cameramen, but everyone
played their roles well, never once taking me out of the moment. I
also love how the one Japanese character was nicknamed Zilla, which
is an obvious and comedic (though perhaps somewhat racist) nod to Godzilla.
These soldiers spend the next chunk
of the movie trying to find where their C.O. that was taken prisoner
and, after that, the remainder of the movie deals with a platoon of
Heavies, teamed with a large group of mind-controlled humans,
launching an assault on the outpost on their way to marching onwards
to invade the main HQ in the next town over, and it's up to our main
cast of soldiers to stop them at the outpost before that can happen.
Following that, they launch an off-mission counter attack on a nearby
alien fortress where...will let's just say a good handful of those
soldiers we've come to enjoy watching during the movie don't exactly
make it out alive.
One of the things I loved
most about this movie is that even though it takes place in the year
2030 or thereabouts, give or take a couple years, most most of the
uniforms, weapons, vehicles, and other gear are very modern-day, at
least from the human side of things, giving the entire movie a modern
war movie kind of vibe, but with aliens, which only adds to the
realism factor. Interesting to note though, that the lasers of the
Heavies have sound effects that sound almost identical to the
Covenant Needle Guns of the Halo games. Actually, more than once this
movie will remind you of the Halo games, for many reasons.
Of course none of that
would matter much if the movie dropped the ball on the special
effects like so many B-Movies do, but surprisingly they were
top-notch here for the most part. Both the CGI stuff as well as the
practical were all above and beyond what you would expect from a
direct-to-video 'found footage' style movie, and I was constantly
kept amazed at the level of effects work throughout. The only moments
of effects that weren’t really up to snuff with everything else
were any scenes with that god-awful CGI smoke that felt really out of
place with how well all the rest of the CGI is, and one scene where a
captured Heavy has it's head blown off at close range was laughably
That one shot of the Heavy
having its head blown off aside, what we see of the aliens are really
really good and well-done, easily the best effects work I've seen in
such a low budget affair in a long time. Unfortunately the aliens
themselves, outside of some news footage scattered around here and
there and a couple quick shots, are hardly even in the movie for the majority of it. I suppose that's a testament to
how good the movie actually is though, and how engaging the human
characters are to watch, because it took me until the last 20 minutes
of the movie before I realized that the aliens have hardly even been
in it up to that point. Luckily though those last 20 minutes are
heavily action-packed and exciting, and unlike most found footage
style movies, the action is actually quite well-shot and really easy
Sure, I may have a few
minor nitpicks with it, but really, the positives here heavily
overshadow any minor nitpicks and I was pleasantly surprised with
just how good Alien Outpost, aka Mankind's Last Stand turned out, both from an entertainment
standpoint as well as in terms of how well it was made.
It's certainly not the
light-hearted, fluffy, turn-your-brain off, cheesy kind of B-Movie
that the SyFy Channel airs or The Asylum makes, this is a far cry
from the Sharktopuses and Mega this vs Gigantic Thats of the genre,
so if that's what you're looking for you won't find it here, but if
instead you're hankering for some down and gritty serious war action,
something closer to Restrepo or Black Hawk Down but with aliens, this
is where you can look and, if you're anything like me, you'll have a
blast with it.
A team of young eco-terrorists set out to reveal the secrets of an area removed
from modern day maps and hidden behind electric fences. However, once
they reach the center of the lake, they discover an island that harbors
an abandoned facility with a horrific legacy: the island is home to a
deadly predator eager to feast on those dumb enough to ignore the
REVIEW: Lake Placid: Legacy is the latest in a long line of SyFy Channel-made
TV sequels to the original 1999 creature feature Lake Placid. Luckily I
love SyFy-made movies, and their Lake Placid sequels are pretty much my
top favorite things they've made, so while I understand that a lot of
people may not like the low budget direction the series ultimately went
in, I love that shit. This latest entry in the franchise however, is
quite different from their other Lake Placid sequels, on many fronts.
start, it has nothing at all to do with any of the other SyFy Lake Placid sequels. This entry
A military vessel on the search for an unidentified submersible finds
themselves face to face with a giant shark, forced to use only what they
have on board to defend themselves from the monstrous beast.
REVIEW: Megalodon is Asylum's latest mockbuster, made to cash in on the
success of the big budget theatrical The Meg, as they always so expertly
do. This actually isn't the first Megalodon-themed movie that The
Asylum has released; They've already got an unrelated series of four
movies dealing with the title creature battling various different other
giant monsters in each one - Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus, Mega Shark vs Mecha Shark, and Mega Shark vs Kolossus.
first thing I noticed is that while some of the CGI here is atrociously
bad, even by Asylum's very low standards, some of it is also quite
impressive. The Megalodon shark itself looking quite good and far better
than their design of it used for the Mega Shark movies, with …
Just a few really quick, really short, thoughts on some B-Movies I’ve watched lately that I
never did reviews for, for one reason or another (lack of time, not in
the mood to do one, don’t have much to say, etc).
A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.
REVIEW: I loved the way Pyewacket was filmed, The acting was
superb, and while the story is a massive slowburn, it’s an interesting story all the same,
with a couple genuinely creepy moments. However, it’s a bit too much of a slowburn
and it never really gets crazy enough in the end to make up for it. IN addition I got
issues with some parts of the story.
5/10 rooms in the Psych Ward
The story about a group of youths who can't face the thought of growing up because anyone who does becomes a rampaging zombie. REVIEW: Don't Grow Up, also known as Alone in some parts of the world, has a really fun and really interesting…
Passengers and crew on an international flight are attacked by unseen forces that threaten all aboard. As they fight to stay alive, they start to realize that these are actually the spirits of murdered girls determined to stop their killer on board who will do anything to remain free. REVIEW:Even though Age of Dinosaurs and Zoombies are
probably still my personal top favorite Asylum movies, Flight 666 is
quite possibly The Asylum's best-made film to date. I probably still
wouldn't recommend it to people that are not already Asylum fans or SyFy
Original Movie type of fans, but for those that are like me and really
genuinely love these types of low budget movies this one really
The directing was great, with the background music
right up there alongside it, always setting the mood perfectly. The
acting from everyone in this was top notch stuff for Asylum and never
once took me out, and the special effects were quite well-done.
After killing her stepfather in self-defense, Anna Nix is sent to a juvenile detention center. As she struggles to survive in a world of girl gangs and predatory guards, kind-hearted Anna must fight her dark side to stay above the fray.
REVIEW: While still technically on my
self-imposed Christmas Break from this blog, Asylum-Regular Jared
Cohn (director of such Asylum classics as 12/12/12, Hold Your Breath,
and one of my personal favorites Attack from Beneath, aka Atlantic Rim) asked if I would be interested in receiving a screener copy of
his latest film for that company for early review, Jailbait (also referred to as simply as 17 & Life, or even 17 and Life: Jailbait) so of course I jumped at the
chance. Unfortunately that was before I was plagued by a seemingly a
never-ending stream of computer and Internet issues which prevented
me from watching the movie or updating my blog for almost a month, but now with all those
issues sorted out I was finally able to sit down and give thi…
After an alien spacecraft destroys Washington, D.C., the residents of a
small town must fight off a unit of alien soldiers on the hunt for the
President of the United States and the mysterious device he's carrying
after his escape chopper crash lands nearby.
REVIEW: Alien Siege is the first 2018 Asylum-released movie that I haven’t really
liked. The acting is about average for an Asylum production, with some
actors doing better than others but nobody really being painfully bad like in some Asylum productions, and the CG special effects for
the alien spaceships look fantastic by their standards, and the
directing itself is serviceable for this type of low budget fare.
Unfortunately, that's where the things I enjoy end.
Even though the acting was serviceable, the characters themselves are written to be so incredibly flat and
boring that it makes it difficult to follow them for the movie's
runtime and actually care about anything that's happening to them. Just se…
PLOT: To save the world, Aladdin must wager everything to get an evil Djinn back into its lamp before it can open a Gateway that will unleash thousands of its kind.
REVIEW: With my recent new-found love for classic fairy tales (thanks solely to being addicted to the new ABC show Once Upon A Time), I've been eating up these fairy tale B-Movies this year (Gretl: Witchslayer, Black Forest, Grimm's Snow White, ect), and out of all those classic fairy tales, Aladdin is easily my favorite. So when I heard SyFy was doing their own Aladdin-themed movie titled Aladdin and the Death Lamp, of course I got excited to watch and review it, even though I was also a bit worried, knowing how some of their movies tend to turn out.
Right off the bat, Aladdin and the Death Lamp does an excellent job with combining 'fantasy fairy tale' (giant killer beasties, mystical amulets, and the magic of the Djin…
A young family finds themselves in the Australian Outback, being hunted by a gigantic bloodthirsty wild pig.
Features have always been my favorite type of B-Movie, so I always try
to make a point of watching new ones when they come out. Boar is, quite
honestly, nothing too special if you watch a lot of these types of
movies, as it doesn't really do anything different or unique. However,
sometimes I'm not looking for something different, sometimes something
familiar is exactly what I need. Plus with all the killer
shark, snake, spider, crocodile/alligator movies that make up 90% of the
creature feature market, the fact that its a gigantic killer boar is
enough of a visual change-up from the norm for me to make me fine with
the fact that everything else about it feels so familiar.
Boar itself is almost always done with a practical animatronic as well,
which looked fantastic and creepy as hell, even if its movements looked a
bit too robotic at tim…
A giant mutant spider escapes from a military lab and goes on a rampage through the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to one clever exterminator to kill the creature before its eggs hatch and the city is overran with hundreds of mutant spiders.
REVIEW: I'm a very vocal person when it comes
to my annoyance with the overabundance of Shark movies in the B-Movie
genre as of late. Surely the majority of them could have still essentially been the exact
same movie with a different killer animal, so why not switch it up a
bit and get some variety out there? That's why I've been doing my bit
to help promote other corners of the killer animal B-Movie market
that seem to have a shot at giving the sharks a run for their money.
Dinosaur flicks have been putting up a good fight these last couple
years with movies like Area 407, The Dinosaur Project, Jurassic Attack, Age of Dinosaurs, and the upcoming flicks Poseidon Rex, Jurassic Block, and the very lon…
A mercenary-for-hire accepts a mission from a billionaire to capture some
dangerous snakes that could possibly help cure a terminal illness. (Anaconda 3: OffSpring) A genetically-created Anaconda that can regenerate itself due to the Blood Orchid has escaped and must be stopped before it wrecks havoc. (Anacondas: Trail of Blood)
REVIEW: With SyFy's upcoming airing of Lake
Placid vs Anaconda I figured I'd try my hand at covering all the
other SyFy sequels from both series' leading up to this killer animal
mash-up, obviously excluding the three larger-budget theatrical
entries in the series (the first Lake Placid and the first two
Anaconda movies). But for those dying to know my thoughts on those
ones (I know I know, all two of you), I will just say that I
personally love all three, with Lake Placid being my top favorite,
followed closely by Anaconadas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid, and lastly
the first Anaconda.
Now, SyFy has had it's hand in plenty
of other big killer snak…