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High Plains Invaders: Maneater Series

3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: James Marsters, Cindy Sampson, Sanny van Heteren
  • Directors: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: RHI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031U8OE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Plains Invaders: Maneater Series" on IMDb

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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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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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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! Everything looked realistic, including the aliens. There were multiple story arcs with interesting and engaging characters--particularly the female bounty hunter. I grew up addicted to Louis L'Amour Westerns, and aside from the aliens, this felt like something he'd write. If you enjoy Westerns, aliens, story lines that focus on human goodness and resiliency, or James Marsters, you'll like this movie. However, if you are a James Marsters fan who has listened to the song "Alone" and heard the story behind it, you'll be disappointed that the script writers/director didn't allow Marsters to portray Sam Danville with the depth of emotion that he wanted to. You'll still enjoy his acting, though. ;P
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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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Starring James Marsters, this was a Western. As a Western, it was very good. But it wasn't science fiction, so that was a disappointment. This was a case of a small number of people facing impossible odds. And one of them betrayed the others.
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