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Alien Species (2004)

Charles Napier , Hoke Howell , Peter Maris  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IESM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cheesy as it gets 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, just don't take it too seriously 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Another badly made alien attack 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
3.0 out of 5 stars War Of The Worlds On A Shoestring... August 22, 2006
Format:DVD
Global supertars Charles Napier and Hoke Howell headline this tale of aliens in computer-generated ships gone mad! The amazing thing about this movie is it's scope (or lack thereof). We see snipets of cartoon ships blasting city-scapes, while 99.9% of the action takes place in a prison van, a sheriff's office, and a cave! Actually, this works fairly well, although it could have been about 20 minutes shorter without losing much "suspense". So, go ahead and watch, knowing that it could have been far worse...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agreed; another bad alien movie 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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this prime video is a joke!
most of the shows are so bad they don't even show them on cable.
and the ones that a good are old and public domain
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Published 6 months ago by ditzygirl
2.0 out of 5 stars This cannot be from 2007.
The release date has to be wrong. I felt like I was watching a bad late 1980s film school project complete with cheesy NewTek Video Toaster effects.
Published 7 months ago by rudy
1.0 out of 5 stars class C (not good enough to be a B movie)
State of the art effects for 20 years ago; dialog that made giant assumptions and leaps producing no sense at all. There was some good acting by female players though. Read more
Published 10 months ago by over the age of youth
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright for a cheaply made sci-fi about aliens and their...
The movie was cheaply done as far as special effects. But it has a good story and plot. Seemed a little dark and sometimes blurry, maybe they were adding to the effects.
Published 10 months ago by B. E. Harkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst modern movie ever made!
This movie is by far the worst thing to be captured on celluloid since "Manos: Hands of Fate". However, I find myself wanting to watch it yet again (I watched it about 30 times... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Boobala
2.0 out of 5 stars A little cheesey
Un realistic, I think we might have satellites that can detect magnetic anomalies.

The plot seemed too predictable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Keep looking for another movie. This one is really bad almost to the point putting you to sleep during the first few minutes.
Published 12 months ago by Michael Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars I had to watch the beginning again
I had to watch the beginning again to remember that I watched some of it before turning it off. This is BAD. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sammichman
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it will never even get a rating of even a "B" movie
Just this: Do not say you we're not warned, but the decision still lay with you! Really, it will take you not so very long to see what I am referring to. Hope this helps
Published 14 months ago by Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars A boring movie
Too outdated. A simple movie that is just like way too many others of it's day. No surprises in this one, stilted acting, and predictable dialogue.
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