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Rifftrax: Galaxy Invader

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Brainchild of mad director Don Dohler, The Galaxy Invader chronicles the struggle of an alien who lands in a new world and discovers the inhabitants are hostile and fearful of those who are different. Mainly because he kills the first two people he meets, shows no remorse, and repeatedly kills again. Fortunately he s landed in a backwoods, redneck town where hygiene is outlawed, so the deaths are chalked up to the ill effects of that durn book learnin . Our hero is Joe, a mean, unemployed drunk who threatens his family at gunpoint and sports what is sure to be the hottest Halloween costume this year: a filthy T-shirt with an enormous hole in the center. Our experts have yet to determine whether or not the actor portraying Joe knew he was in a movie. It s intergalactic cheese at its ripest and Mike, Kevin and Bill are here to riff every invasive moment. Join them for The Galaxy Invader!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, 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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0072VFXN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Otto Correct VINE VOICE on July 24, 2012
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Its a shame Amazon doesn't even have a picture of this on its item page, I think this Rifftrax DVD in particular deserves a bit more attention than its getting.

Simply put, this is a fantastic entry into their catalogue and a welcome addition to the DVD collection of anyone who's been missing MST3k.

Speaking of MST3k, Galaxy Invader has actually appeared on the show before, though not as a full episode. Observant fans will recognize Galaxy Invader as the "other movie" that played during the credits of "Pod People."

Galaxy Invader's plot is fairly simple: An alien lands in a cartoon fireball and runs afoul of a disgusting drunken redneck and several of his ugly family members and friends. They want to kill/capture the alien and use it to get rich, while a kid who saw the fireball and his professor want to save the alien from the rednecks. Complications ensue, the alien probably dies, the redneck definitely dies, and the movie grinds to a halt without really doing anything to tell us why the alien came here in the first place. I mean, sure, its called "Galaxy Invader" so you could infer the alien was supposed to be invading Earth, but he mostly attacks in retaliation to his redneck agressors, he doesn't really seem to personally be there to fight.

This movie is from the mid 80's, though the styles and character types reek of the 70's. The characters themselves are quite a revolting bunch, most of them make the family from "Giant Spider Invasion" look like British royalty. There's one point where the drunk rednecks equally drunk brother (or something, I can't remember how they know each other) takes the cigar out of his mouth and drools about a quarter cup of spit straight on the ground.
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While out in the woods a young student sees a fireball crash into a deeper part of the woods so he calls his former professor who answers the phone shirtless and he says he'll be there in six hours (I don't know why, maybe shirt wearing was something he never mastered and it takes him a while). The fireball was of course a spaceship and the alien inside comes out to explore and by explore I mean kill, then kill, then kill, then get captured by some drunken hicks (are there ever any other kind in these films?). The professor and the student try to get clues to the whereabouts of the alien (even asking a bartender in a full bar very non-discreetly I might add) and we can't forget Joe a drunken father with a hole in his shirt who loves to hunt his daughter with a shotgun and yell at his 40 year old simple minded son.

The movie is quite a mess as you can imagine, there isn't one likeable character in the film, the cheesy clothed style of filming is very annoying, as is the night shooting scenes and the endless padding just to reach 80 minutes of running time. Thankfully the Rifftrax crew does a spectacular job slamming the many horrid aspects of the movie, they keep the jokes coming fast and furious and I was laughing non-stop during a lot of the movie. Only one drawback is the hideously awful end credits, that has the most annoying voice riffing them (some high pitched, something or other).

That being said, this is a great addition to your Rifftrax DVD collection, the guys are really on their game here.
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I Highly Recommend This Rifftrax!! Galaxy Invaders; The riffs in this one are outstanding!! The actors drift in and out of charactor - one moment they're moronic hillbillies - the next they slip into just plain old regular folks. Great riffs about a drunken hillbilly father - who abuses his family - and carries a shotgun - and when his daughter screams outside in the middle of the night - he jumps out of bed - shotgun in hand and the gang riffs that 'No one besides me - abuses my daughter!!'. The movie drags a tad towards the end - and some loose peices in the film are never resolved. Just Great Humor!! And fun to watch again!! I Highly recommend this DVD. Sincerely, Scott MacNeil.
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I LOVE Don Dohler's work. The man was hero of sorts and an inspiration to kids like myself back in the late 70's/early80's who were aspiring to be little Steven Spielberg juniors using our parents' Super8mm home movie cameras. His work was semi-regularly featured in long-defunct Starlog magazine's sister publication, the awesome CineMagic. I recall this film being released on home video back in the late 80's/early 90's in 2 different versions. Same cover art and back of the box descriptions. Only difference was the tagline on the front of the box. Originally, it read "He came to earth. His goal? To survive!" When folks didn't seem to respond to the idea of a kindly alien who didn't snack on Reese's Pieces, the box's end tagline was changed so that his new goal was "To KILL!!!" LOL.

This film may be a chore to watch for those not accustomed to the desperate, hard times/no money offerings from Dohler who, (along with a handful of others), was miraculously able to turn what were essentially home movies into legit home video releases. If you can get into his work then you're in luck since the film can be viewed without the RiffTrax voiceovers, allowing you to watch it as it was intended. If this stuff isn't your cup of tea, then the MST3K-cum-RiffTrax crew will help make it a little more palatable with a heaping helping of their stinging riffs. I love seeing this both ways. Thank you RiffTrax!
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