Extraterrestrial (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: The Vicious Brothers
Starring: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Jesse Moss
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Still reeling from her parents’ divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), and a group of his friends back to the cabin where she spent summers as a child. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The group venture out to the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet, along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. They soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.
You might recall a couple of movies called Grave Encounters and Grave Encounters 2 from two dudes called The Vicious Brothers. These movies took a now tired concept and made it at least fun again for two movies. Now they’ve taken the subject of aliens here and made them interesting again in the IFC/Scream Factory release of Extraterrestrial. Before the opening credits even roll it becomes clear that this isn’t going to be some dull flick about aliens coming down, taking humans, and probably probing them. Sure, this is a movie that may or may not have that stuff, but it at least delivers it in fun waves that make for a fun movie from start to finish with very little in the way of dull or drag. We have interesting and exciting characters that are tossed in a very spooky but fun situation that leads to a plot that goes down in a way that we are never sure just what is going to happen next. These aliens may look a whole lot like the same aliens we’ve seen time and time again, but there is some tense stuff here with these rascals and they are presented to us in a very different way or at least it feels different. Mix in with that some cool leading characters and you have perhaps the most fun you’ll have all year with a horror release. Some times you run across a movie that just has as much cool bursting off the screen as anything else and this is clearly one of those movies.
Now I respect other’s opinions, but I’ve seen stuff online about this movie that I just don’t agree with. The internet is loaded with tons of computer chair Roger Eberts (one here folks!), but I just don’t get why some have said this movie has a bad script or suggest that it might get worse as it goes along. I don’t agree with that at all. I loved it. I think the script they had was great and is represented very well here. I can tell you one thing, I’ve seen lots of aliens abduction movies. From TV movies, to some of the very earliest found footage ones, and everything in between. This could very well be THE best one I’ve ever seen. I know that is high praise, but I think this is a movie that deserves it. IFC and Scream Factory have been giving us some very awesome new horror flicks to go along with the classics and I believe this is one that people will be talking about for years to come. This is cult favorite in the making and if you want thrills, chills, excitement, laughs, and tension, then by all means get this movie as soon as you get the chance, because it is an awesome movie all-around. I hope to see more from The Vicious Brothers down the road, because everything I’ve seen from them so far has been great!
– Audio Commentary With The Vicious Brothers And Actors Brittany Allen And Melanie Papalia
– Deleted Scenes
– The Making Of Extraterrestrial Featurette
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 98%