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The Alien Factor (1978)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  12 May 1978 (USA)
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A spaceship containing specimens for an intergalactic zoo crashes on Earth near a small back woods town. The specimens escape, and soon town folk are turning up mutilated. Very low budget ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Leifert ...
Ben Zachary
Tom Griffith ...
Sheriff Cinder
Richard Dyszel ...
Mayor Wicker
Mary Mertens ...
Edie Martin
Richard Geiwitz ...
George Stover ...
Steven Price
Eleanor Herman ...
Mary Jane Carter
Anne Frith ...
Dr. Ruth Sherman
Christopher Gummer ...
Don Dohler ...
Dave Ellis ...
Dave Geatty ...
Man in Bar
Margie Van Tassell ...
Tony Malanowski ...
Ed Miller
Debbie Pietron ...
Couple in Woods


A spaceship containing specimens for an intergalactic zoo crashes on Earth near a small back woods town. The specimens escape, and soon town folk are turning up mutilated. Very low budget feature was the first for Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler. Written by Humberto Amador

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They brought terror from beyond our galaxy!


Horror | Sci-Fi


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12 May 1978 (USA)  »

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This film was the third featured movie in the 2009 live show tour of "Cinematic Titanic", featuring "riffing" by alumni of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). See more »


Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »


Maybe Someday
Written by Lon Talbot
Performed by Atlantis
© 1976 Mekon Records
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Don Dohler, why isn't this man a cult idol?
12 February 2002 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

What can I say about this movie? PLENTY! I discovered it right where it belongs, on TV at 3 in the morning, and it snapped me to full consciousness. The aliens are unbelievable, the plot is okay, the acting is priceless and the ending even goes for poignancy. The plot? Oh yes there is one. A bunch of strange monsters show up out of nowhere and terrorize a mountain village. A stranger named Zachary discovers they came from a spaceship the crashed in the hills and nominates himself as a one man committee to round up and/or destroy the alien beasts.

Now you have to see these monsters to believe them. One is a humanoid insect. His costume was made by spray painting cardboard with enamel and it was destroyed when it got rained on! A furry monster looks like the sort of outfit Gene Simmons of KISS might wear to a Halloween party right down to the 24 inch platform boots. The last is the best, a stop motion animated something-or-other that is invisible for most of the movie but who finally materializes for the end. They forgot, or could not afford, to matte out the background so the thing is transparent for all its scenes. Is that all? Not nearly! How about live music from a musician called "Lon Talbot" and 2 go-go girls who dance like they are on Valium? How about an alien who wear blue jeans and looks like his skin is made of wicker? Jinkies this movie is an instant classic! I loved it! Don Dohler made other films but this one is the most fun. Can we take Edward D. Wood off that pedastal now and put Don Dohler in his place? His films deserve to be seen and talked about; especially this one.

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