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The Advanced Guard (1998)

As a prelude to full-blown alien invasion, a team of four aliens telepathically linked with their lifelike human-looking android bodies abducts four random humans to test them to determine if humans can make good slaves.



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Complete credited cast:
Homeless Man killed by Bravo
Fred, Captive Security Guard
David Campbell ...
Cop 2
Cristi Conaway ...
Charley, Alien
Michelle Davison ...
Ailene, Fred's Girl
Harper, Alien Scientist
Desmond, Captive Red Neck
Bravo, Alien Goon
Girl (as Nonie Muse)
Alpha the Alien Commander
Laura, Captive
James Sebastian ...
Cop 1
Kevin, Captive


A group of aliens arrive on Earth as part of an advance invasion force. Their mission is to kidnap a small sample of humans and run them through a series of rigorous tests to determine if they would make suitable slaves. Harper, one of the alien experimenters, has beceme frustrated with her planet's endless cycle of conquest and extermination and begins to feel some sympathy for her human captives. While the prisoners see a glimmer of hope in the compassionate alien, will it be any use in stopping the enormous attack fleet just a few days from Earth? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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21 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Spoiler: Three of the four aliens use character names which reference the beginning of the military alphabet. (A) Alpha (B) Bravo (C) Charley. The fourth, Harper, winds up aiding the humans escape. See more »


When the police car skids to a halt at the beginning of the movie, there are already skid marks on the pavement from previous takes. See more »

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The Shockingly-bad Guard
16 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I wasn't expecting much from The Advanced Guard, but part of me was hoping for a somewhat watchable movie even with flaws. The Advanced Guard in the end was as far away from watchable. I know it's low budget, this wouldn't have mattered so much if it did look halfway decent. Instead it was pure tack, with the lighting lacking any kind of atmosphere and imagination and the sets looking gaudy in colour and like a cheaply done television show set. The editing also looked like it was done on a bacon slicer and that's being kind, and the special effects for the aliens(using suspended animation that wasn't very subtly used, both in how it looked and how often it was used)were so fake-looking. The way people look, dress and act looks dated also and would look more at home in the 70s. The dialogue was stilted and corny and not in an infectious way, this was really poor lazy scripting with not one single memorable line. The story was so silly to the point it was illogical(the naked woman thing I too don't get the significance of and consider her utilisation irrelevant), and also tedious and predictable. The ending also showed a writer who had very quickly run out of ideas. I'd forgive the characters being clichéd if they were interesting, but actually these characters- applying to the aliens as well as the victims- had no personality or development whatsoever so at the end you are like why should I care? The acting is pretty much non-existent. All in all, shockingly bad in all departments. 1/10 Bethany Cox

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