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Huge mother-ships from an alien species sneak ominously into orbit around earth. Lethal, bat-winged fighters descend to the planet. Citizens are abducted and homes are destroyed. The invasion has begun. Charles Napier, David Homb, Jodi Seronick, Kurt


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  • Actors: Charles Napier, Hoke Howell, Jodi Seronick, Ashley Semrick, Kurt Paul
  • Directors: Peter Maris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IESM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on January 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Alien Species is a really average movie with some of the cheesiest special effects I've ever seen. It's a science fiction movie about these aliens in spaceships that come to visit earth and destroy all humans and buildings. Well, the aliens must have been somewhat unorganized and confused, because more often than not, they'd strike empty dark barns and other deserted places, while the people right next to the homes or buildings were getting in their cars and driving away. Yes somehow, the aliens didn't see them and so the people got away. Strange!

Some of the other scenes were just cliches of other movies, such as the guy who awakens in the middle of the night, hears a strange noise out in his barn, and when he gets out there, an alien is waiting for him (who he mistakens for a little boy). Of course, you know what happens next.

What REALLY bothered me were the special scenes that showed the alien spaceships attacking the city. You'd see explosions when a hoard of spaceships got together to attack, but yet, the buildings weren't exploding or falling down. You'd just see orange explosions with nothing actually falling apart. CHEESY!

Oh, and did I mention the main character? He's a guy who gets out of a prison van to help two women and their father (or grandfather, whatever) escape from the crazy aliens. He has some of the worst lines ever. "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore" is one of them. Man, that's just wrong. He actually acted very similar to Leon from the Resident Evil 2 video game, which came out just a couple years after this movies release. Maybe a coincidence, maybe not.

Overall, not really worth watching unless you REALLY need some alien-shooting fun in your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Workman on October 17, 2010
Format: DVD
A friend of mine whom I worked with about five years ago was the Director of Photography of "Alien Species", and had given me a copy of the movie. As producer of an independent movie myself (http://www.amazon.com/Muffin-Man-HD-Mike-Short/dp/B00065Y82U) I was very intrigued and wanted to see it, but for some reason the DVD ended up on a shelf and I never got around to watching it until this week.

This isn't the movie genre that I usually go out of my way for, but it was actually quite enjoyable. Sure, it's a low budget production of a story that's been re-hashed a thousand times (aliens come to earth and shoot up the place for no discernable reason), but technically it was very well done. The acting was fine, the dialog was passable, the special effects were actually quite good - especially considering the shoe-string budget that this movie was obviously made on. The biggest issue I had was that the overall plot just didn't really go anywhere.

If you're a connoisseur of alien invasion movies, then definitely check this one out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Wren Jr. on December 16, 2012
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Jodi Seronick had bad lines and direction but still managed to pull off a decent performance, Hoke Howell (Professor) and Charles Narier (Sheriff) did their best but I felt they were placed in the wrong roles. As for the movie it sucked and was a waste of time. I normally don't care if a movie has T&A but in this case I think it would have at least helped keep my interest. So watch with friends so you can at least laugh at how bad it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MustangMichael on March 9, 2013
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I agree with Harvey's review. I'm going to go 2 stars on the rating. Here are some added reasons why:

Some of the mothership and fighter effects are adequate to good. Most are poor. The beam weapons are, IMHO, very poor. The Sheriff's step van crash was such a poor effect, they had to edit out most of it and make the footage just the briefest glimpse.

Like many not so good films, much of it is depicted at night allowing the old crutch; poor to no lighting. Frequently almost a totally dark screen. Many or most times, it appears the audience is expected to just use their imagination since not enough light is present to see who is who, details, actions, etc.

Additionally, the background music is extremely tedious. One plus regarding sound: At least the film maker didn't choose to try to "enhance" this poor film with deafening, ear bleeding sound effects. Likewise, the director did NOT resort to having the cameraman shake the camera to add fake action to a dying film. I kept expecting it somehow.

Probably not what they intended, but the actors and actresses are frequently directed to give a ridiculous slack jawed look of surprise. These phony expressions are so far gone, they are actually funny.

Strong suggestion: Don't pay any added money to rent or buy the movie download or the DVD. If you watch it at all, maybe do so if you have Prime so you're not paying anything extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on October 24, 2014
Format: DVD
This is an MST quality film, not worth watching. The film opens up with a prophecy about the future of a space invasion that takes place in 1999. While looking at a still photo of a distant galaxy, Max and Holly spot an invading armada attempting to be undetected. The science was really bad. The aliens attack major cities, but must leave their attacking ship to go on foot in a cave in small town USA.

Appears as part of some Mill Creek larger collections.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Brief side breast.
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