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Mildly Entertaining Science Fiction Western,
This review is from: High Plains Invaders: Maneater Series (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.