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Evil Aliens
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by Scott Weinberg

"So joyously gore-soaked you should probably bring a towel."
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2005 TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL: Jake West's "Evil Aliens" is freakin' disgusting. It's splattery and loud and frantic and laden with wall-to-wall gore of the nastiest kind. And yes, I mean that in the nicest way possible.

Bowing before the altar of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi's earliest (and nastiest) horror flicks, Jake West fills his sophomore effort (after 1998's Razor Blade Smile) with high-end splatter mayhem of the loopiest sort. Evil Aliens is the sort of movie that takes great delight in opening with the ugliest anal probe sequence you could possibly imagine -- and then spends the next 90 minutes trying to top its grue-laden prologue. And hoo boy does it succeed.

Michelle Fox (Emily Booth) is lead correspondent for one of England's tackiest and chintziest science "fact" programs. So when she lands a scoop about a young woman being alien-abducted from a tiny Welsh island, only to return to Earth 7 months pregnant, Michelle convinces her boss that this is the story that will rock the world. Of course she doesn't believe the story, but hey, a gal's got to do what she can to save her job! To this end, Ms. Fox hires a hunky cameraman, a sarcastic sound-man, an amazingly geeky UFO enthusiast, a bimbo actress, and a flaming leading man -- and off the crew goes, to a desolate part of the Welsh countryside that is accessible by car only during low tide.

The gang meets up with poor, impregnated Cat and her trio of astonishingly unpleasant manure-farming brothers. And then the aliens show up, thereby sparking a frenzied and fast-paced hour of interstellar carnage, broad goofy laughs, enjoyably kitschy special effects ... and more groovy gore than you'll find in 15 Hollywood horror flicks combined. Evil Aliens is a lot like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive in that it truly believes graphic gore is a vibrantly viable art-form. And as a lifelong fan of all things scary, silly, science-fictiony, and splatterific -- I had a damn good time with this flick. So much so, in fact, that I look forward to owning the DVD and using it as my new gore-threshold litmus test. (My friends are such wimps.)

While there's no way that Evil Aliens can attain the crossover appeal of, say, Shaun of the Dead (mainly because it's just so happily and aggressively disgusting!), I can safely predict that the intrepid and insatiable horror hounds will absolutely lap this thing up. Mr. West has a stylish eye that often manages to overcome his low-budget constraints -- but the tackiness is also part of the fun. The cast is excitable and well-aware of the kind of movie they're making, which makes the appreciable body count move along quite swimmingly.

"Evil Aliens" has Anchor Bay or Lions Gate written all over it, and it's my fervent hope that whoever snatches up this giddy little gorefest will be wise enough not to snip out any of the gristle. Toning down the gore in "Evil Aliens" would be like trying to snip some of the laughs out of "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" -- and why the hell would anyone want to do that?

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User Comments

8/27/07 ALBERTO GREAT! 4 stars
8/19/06 marla Halperin awesome 5 stars
8/14/06 Andy Funny and entertaining. 5 stars
9/13/05 Mike Hilarious and disgusting. Definately a crowd-pleaser 5 stars
9/13/05 David Conay Great film, very Funny 5 stars
9/13/05 Llyr Williams see it! this rocks! 5 stars
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  08-Sep-2006 (NR)



Directed by
  Jake West

Written by
  Jake West

  Chris Adamson
  Emily Booth
  Sam Butler
  Tree Carr
  Tim Clark
  Glenn Collier

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