Saying that a movie is so bad that it is good has become extremely popular (as well as extremely annoying) these last few years. Who, then, can blame a movie production team for very deliberately making such a movie? Alien Infiltration (which is listed on IMDb.com under its other and better title, Alien Opponent) is a movie that, at first, strikes you as really bad. Obvious over-acting, silly dialogue, sleazy and cliché-filled plot – until, ten minutes or so into it, you realize they’re doing it on purpose, and very much so. That’s when it becomes successfully funny.
We follow a redneck family who manages and lives at the local junkyard of a sleepy town in the American midwest. The husband is a jerk, and his young wife and her mother (who lives with them) don’t like him much, so they’re not too torn up when an alien with some kind of engine trouble lands at the junkyard and happens to kill the husband. But the husband’s body is trapped inside the perimeter of the alien’s hastily established territory, so the family offers a reward of $100,000 (that they don’t have) for anyone who can retrieve the husband’s body and kill the alien (there’s a bit more to the plot, but it’s not terribly important). This attracts hundreds of bounty hunters from all over the local area, who go up against the poor alien, whose only desire is to scrounge up enough scrap metal to fix its spaceship and get the hell out of there.
It’s a pretty good recipe for a lot of action and silly comedy – there’s also a sexy Lara Croft style heroine who puts a twist on things at the end. The movie is not entirely satisfying, but it entertains effectively, and while it’s not exactly brilliant, it will certainly hold the attention of most people who enjoy the occasional trashy movie. In short, for a movie night with the friends this flick will give you enough laughs to enjoy yourself a great deal, especially if you can appreciate the movie’s very obviously intentional trashiness (which, according to its low IMDb rating, most audiences are not intelligent enough to do). This is a movie I will recommend to several friends.
The DVD screener had no extras of any kind, nor subtitles. The image quality is very decent, though.
Director: Colin Theys
Cast: Jeremy London, Ashley Bates, Adrienne LaValley, Roddy Piper, Cuyle Carvin and others.
Runtime: 88 min.