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The Galaxy Invader (1985)

PG | | Sci-Fi | Video April 1985
An alien is hunted by a gang of drunken hillbillies who saw him crash-land his spaceship.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Ruxton ...
Joe Montague
Faye Tilles ...
Carol Montague
George Stover ...
J.J. Montague
Greg Dohler ...
Anne Frith ...
Ethel Montague
Richard Dyszel ...
Dr. William Tracy
Kim Pfeiffer ...
Annie Montague (as Kim Dohler)
Theresa Harold ...
Vickie Johnson
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Frank Custor
Glenn Barnes ...
Alien / Couple at Bar
Cliff Lambert ...
Michael Smith
Jerry Schuerholz ...
McGregor
Paul Wilson ...
Thompson
David W. Donoho ...
Giddings (as David Donoho)
Doug Moran ...
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An alien is hunted by a gang of drunken hillbillies who saw him crash-land his spaceship.

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Don Leifert came up with the idea for the goofy hat that his character Frank Custor wears in the film. Moreover, Theresa Harold picked out the trashy outfits that her character Vickie Johnson wears in movie. See more »

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The length of Frank's cigar changes between shots the first time he visits Joe. See more »

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Joe Montague: I'm as nervous as a hog on a grill!
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Sweet shot of regional science fiction lunacy from the inspired Don Dohler
20 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Appearing like a stranger from a strange land, The Galaxy Invader must have thrown people for a loop back in '85. At a time when slashers were all the rage, the PG level thrills and cracked sci-fi spills are about the last thing you could expect, but lowbrow legend Don Dohler pulls it off and then some. The key to it all is commitment, there's a fair amount of overlap between cast and crew and many of both cast and crew cut their teeth on previous Dohler pictures, which he had been making for a while. It all adds up to confidence, to actors pinging off each other with dramatic result, bold use of shaky effects, competent framing, poignant message, this is a film where all the lunacy can't overpower the fact that these people weren't screwing around. There's effort here and it shines. The plot wraps around an alien crash-landing in redneck backwoods territory espied by a couple of mean spirited idiots, Joe Montague and Frank Custor (can you smell the sweat?) who elect to catch and sell it. Meanwhile, a sky watching professor and his student are on the hunt for the being, and Joe's wife and daughter are just trying to get away safe from him. The film wrong-foots the viewer pretty early on, man is the aggressor here, man the wild beast. The title is a misnomer, the alien isn't any kind of an invader and is actually kinda sympathetic, also it has the look of a novelty store riff on the Creature from the Black Lagoon. At times it almost feels like a red herring in its own film, such is the focus on the nefarious Joe. With a lesser actor this wouldn't have worked at all, but Richard Ruxton brings a tour de force to the table, with a perpetual scowl plastered on his face and twitchy, violently irate demeanour he blows gusts of derangement through his every moment of screen time, a remarkable gonzoid villain. Don Leifert is slightly lower key but nonetheless palpably loathsome as Frank, while various Dohler relatives and local types bulk out the cast. There are a few shootings, cool shonky mini explosion effects and powerful spurts of tension, this undoubtedly aided by driving synths from Norman Noplock (sadly this is his only credit), like I said up top this one is committed and so when it strikes, it strikes hard. Things move at a smart clip and the short runtime feels like a breeze, by the time the ending locks in it's a breathless ride and the ending itself is a terrific capper. Now I wouldn't possibly recommend this to "regular" cinema fans, but as a devotee of low budget science fiction lunacy I thought this a really great time. If you're still reading this, you might to. Check it out say I, 7/10.


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