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High Plains Invaders: Maneater Series (2009)

James Marsters , Cindy Sampson , Kristoffer Tabori  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Marsters, Cindy Sampson, Sanny van Heteren
  • Directors: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RHI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031U8OE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Plains Invaders: Maneater Series" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The hanging of honorable Indian-fighter Sam Phoenix in a small western town is cut short by the unexpected invasion of uranium based insectoid creatures, forcing Sam and a small band of survivors to take refuge in a church. They will need more than a prayer and a pistol to survive, as a Wild West landscape is inundated by a killer force of alien pioneers.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining Science Fiction Western February 14, 2010
By Compay
Format:DVD
High Plains Invaders is your run of the mill, made for cable movie. The synopsis provided by Amazon isn't exactly accurate though. The film takes place in 1892, and begins with train robber Sam Danville about to be executed by hanging. While described as an "honorable Indian-fighter" in the plot summary, Danville was actually guilty of robbing dozens of trains, his final robbery resulting in the death of passengers after a derailment.

Danville's hanging is interrupted by interstellar miners that resemble mechanical scorpions, referred to as "bugs" by the only people left in town. The movie takes a page from Tremors with respect to how the band of survivors deals with the deadly bugs.

The SyFy Channel film was shot in Romania, and stars James Marsters, better known as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The majority of the cast has worked almost entirely in television, and only Marsters demonstrates much screen presence. Certain elements of the film such as who gets a dose of karma, as well as the movie's conclusion, are a bit predictable.

Handgun aficionados and true Wild West fans might be a little disappointed with the director's abandonment of authenticity. Several characters carry double-action Smith & Wesson revolvers that hadn't even been invented by 1892. A number of revolvers used in the film (King Cobra, etc) aren't in sync with the time period, most of townsmen and bounty hunters alike would have been carrying a single-action Colt Peacemaker.

Overall, the film's concept itself is off the beaten path, which is why it makes for a halfway interesting movie. Watch the movie once and decide if owning the DVD is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HIGH TECH NOON May 7, 2010
Format:DVD
This MANEATERS entry has an interesting premise but doesn't live up to its potential. Set in 1890's Colorado, a small town is invaded by scorpion/spider like monsters who are from outer space and for some reason eat uranium.
James Marsters stars as a convicted killer who is spared the noose when the monsters attack and becomes the town's savior.
The effects are pretty good, but the movie never really takes off and the ending just happens without any real fanfare.
A good concept haphazardly executed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent Twist for an Icky Bug Movie June 11, 2010
Format:DVD
I love my icky bug, and this little film is no exception. It has a unique twist in that it takes place in the 1880's in Colorado. Having monsters running around in a cowboy town isn't done often so this was a refreshing change.

The CGI for the monsters was well done and the half mechanical/half biological icky bugs looked and acted great.

I liked the cast, especially the female bounty hunter (a German actress named Sanny van Heteren) and the main character, James Marsters.

My only beef is with the pitchblende, raw and/or supposedly refined. First off, just crushing it isn't refining it. Second, unless it was super-weak, it would've cooked the scientist, Jules Arning (played by Sebastian Knapp) to a crisp long before the icky bugs came to town, not to mention contaminating most if not all of the town. However, I don't watch these movies for science lessons and have no problem suspending my disbelief. As long as the ending makes at least half sense, I'm okay. In this case, a stick of dynamite plays the pivotal role in repelling the invaders. In a more modern version of this tale, the invaders would be eating dynamite for breakfast, but given the time period (and lack of technology), there was not much else they could have used against them.

There are other reality issues but not worth worrying about. From the scenery and some of the names of minor cast members and crew, I can assume this movie was filmed in Romania where production costs are much cheaper than here in the states.

Overall, a good Saturday evening icky bug. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War of the West December 21, 2010
Format:DVD
I have a soft spot for genre science fiction. It seems to bring out the best in the writing teams who churn out typical sci-fi drek. Without the modern contrivances of typical monster movies, genre pieces can branch out and tweak our expectations. Sometimes, a change of setting is all you need to make a tired monster movie feel fresh.

If writers are liberated by the change of scenery, prop designers are not. Historical accuracy is thrown out the window in the interest of telling a good story. In High Plains Invaders, firearms - which are central to any Western - are woefully inaccurate.

For fans of monster movies, perhaps the most important element to get right is the monster. The High Plains Invaders are a doozy - steampunk-style aliens that combine elements of War of the Worlds-style saucers, scorpions, and crayfish. They are magnificently detailed in CGI and suitably bizarre enough to intimidate a bunch of pistol-wielding cowboys.

Speaking of cowboys, the invasion happens just as Sam Danville (James Marsters of Spike fame) is about to hang for an accidental murder. This criminal with a heart of gold has a love interest in nurse Abigail Pixley (Cindy Sampson), who watches helplessly as Danville is about to hang and then watches helplessly as he is nearly skewered by alien robobugs. Balancing out the damsel in distress is Rose Hilridge (Sanny Van Heteren), the prettiest and fastest gun in the West.

No amount of gunslinging will save our heroes. It turns out that the aliens are after uranium mined by Jules Arning (Sebastian Knapp). When a glittering spherical mothership descends to drop dozens of the alien bugs, the end results are destined to be explosive.

High Plains Invaders isn't fancy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for James Marsters
I give this movie 2 stars and that is because James Marsters was in it, he has been a favorite of mine since "buffy" and he was Spike. Loved Spike... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Russell S
4.0 out of 5 stars I actually didn't expect to like this move--pleasant surprise!
I ordered this solely because it stars James Marsters, and I'm a fan. I have to admit, though, that I expected it to be cheesy. Instead I was surprised to find that I liked it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. L. Ponce, DVM
3.0 out of 5 stars A better syfy
Not a bad movie. The aliens looked real enough and the storyline was okay. Worth a watch if you like aliens.
Published 3 months ago by felinemadness
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Looking Alien Bugs!
This is a Western-Sci Fi movies; the alien bugs look very good. Some of the acting is humdrum; but otherwise a fairly entertaining movie.
Published 3 months ago by NHCrafting Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars James Marsters. Fighting aliens. In the Wild West.
I bought this solely because Marsters was in it (Capt. John Hart, BBC's Torchwood). It is a hilarious Wild West alien invasion movie that is a fun, quick watch, and Marsters is... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Pendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars High Plains Invaders
Good entertainment. A little far farfetched, even for me. But, entertaining, fun, and likeable. Get this movie and you will enjoy watching James Marsters in a different role.
Published 7 months ago by David L. Hoskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy goodness!
Not quite Cowboys vs Aliens but still fun. SyFy channel goodness. Good to see Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. One of SyFy channels better efforts.
Published 11 months ago by scott p
5.0 out of 5 stars Syfy movie, what do you expect?
if you love fake monster movies, then this one is for you! James Marsters is a great actor and the rest of the cast are pretty good as well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by rogue18
5.0 out of 5 stars bizarre
I've watched this movie a bunch of times and I still think it's weird. The creatures are some of the coolest I've seen and the effects in this movie surpass many creature flicks. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Spectre
5.0 out of 5 stars James Marsters
If you are a Buffy fan and love Spike, this is for you. A lot of action and blood. Good storyline.
Published 13 months ago by Diana Flynn
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