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Alien Species (1996)

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Five miles below the surface of planet Earth, a new fear is born.

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Sheriff Nate Culver
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Professor Edgar Chambers
David Homb ...
Aaron Doyle
Jodi Seronick ...
Carol Nelson
Marc Robinson ...
Paul Towers
Robert Thompson ...
Deputy Ty Larsen
Kurt Paul ...
Deputy Harlan Banks
Ashley Semrick ...
Stacy Chambers
Aaron Jettleson ...
Max Poindexter
Barbara Fierentino ...
Holly Capers
Master Dave Johnson ...
Deputy David Stevens (as David Johnson)
Roger Glugston ...
Mr. Justice
Lisa Donette May ...
Denise Justice (as Lisa May)
Michael Tremont ...
Tommy
Michael Reed ...
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A fleet of UFOs is circling the Earth and a top scientist races to discover their true intentions for the planet. When the UFOs begin an attack on Earth, the scientist finds himself thrown in with a sheriff and his deputies transporting some prisoners to jail. The unlikely group is forced to seek shelter from the attack in a nearby cave, not knowing how significant the location is to the alien's plans. Written by DJ Heinlein

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Five Miles Below the Surface of the Planet ... a New Fear is Born.

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During the cave scene, Carol's white blouse suddenly goes from being clean to covered with blood with no intervening reason as to why it happened. See more »

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HOLD ON
Lyrics and Music by Mikal Masters
Performed by Trilogee
featuring Lisa Morgan, Mikal Masters and Richard Finsen
Courtesy of Sunbird Concepts
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Wow...it's amazing what you can do with a $473 budget!
4 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When "Alien Species" began, I was surprised at the overall look of crappiness to the film. It was obviously shot as a direct to video film--with production values that you'd normally see in a high school production. The special effects are indeed special--and most look absolutely terrible. It's funny, but today most teenagers could make better effects on their laptop computers with rather inexpensive software. For 1996 it's not 100% terrible, but it was dated even for that time as well as incredibly cheap. The only thing the film has for it, such as it is, is the familiar face of Charles Napier. While he's a mostly one-note guy in this film (snarling and grouchy throughout--like he's struggling with a bad case of the gout), it did make a 100% crappy production look only 98% crappy. Why still 98%? Well, because his performance was THE BEST one in the film, as most of the actors could barely deliver their lines and the sound was pretty bad.

The story begins with some 'scientists' (they look more like college undergrads) discovering that something has invaded our planet. What follows is a meandering film with LOTS of macho bull performances (almost like you only cast pro wrestlers in all the roles), explosions, crappy space ships and minimal excitement. Even for a bad movie buff like me, there is a dullness about it that made it more of a chore to watch than anything else.

In many ways, this is like a modern day Ed Wood production. Even Wood could get Bela Lugosi and Lyle Talbot to star in "Plan 9 From Outer Space"--so "Alien Species" getting Napier in the movie is a lot less impressive when you think about it. Plus, the pie plates that were literally used for flying UFOs in "Plan 9" weren't really that much worse than the CG alien ships in this 1996 turkey. The overall viewing experience is something you just have to see to believe, as it's bad in every possible way. If more folks saw this film, it would most likely make IMDb's Bottom 100 list...it's that bad.


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