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It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Carlos Bernard ... Aaron Ritter

Mathew St. Patrick ... Seth Steadman

Rockmond Dunbar ... Kane

Courtney Ford ... Sterling

Jeffrey Licon ... Benny (as Jeff Licon)

Samantha Streets ... Whitney

Derek Basco ... Manny

Bonita Friedericy ... Charlotte
Bryan Krasner ... Moody

Keith Hudson ... Chambers

Joel McCrary ... Tarkey
Joseph Steven Yang ... Ulrich
Philip Newby ... Spooky

Tom Kiesche ... Logan (as Tom Kietsche)

Laura Cordova ... Hispanic Nanny

Mark Anthony Vazquez ... Walker

Roberta Bassin ... Boozy Woman / Marcy

Tom Noga ... Teacher

Travis Guba ... Phoenix Cop

McKay Stewart ... Cop #1

Andrew Ableson ... Cop #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew R. Anderson ... Dying Supermarket Patron (uncredited)

Kathleen Parker ... Mother (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ben Rock 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julia Fair  screenplay
David Simkins  written by

Produced by
Aaron Billet .... associate producer
Steve Ecclesine .... producer
Aaron Goldstein .... associate producer
John Jackson .... associate producer
Lawreen E. Kayl .... line producer
Tony Krantz .... producer
Daniel Myrick .... producer
Reece Pearson .... associate producer
John Shiban .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kays Al-Atrakchi 
 
Cinematography by
Walt Lloyd 
 
Film Editing by
Augie Hess 
 
Casting by
John Jackson 
 
Production Design by
Frank Bollinger 
 
Art Direction by
Russell M. Jaeger 
 
Set Decoration by
Eden Barr 
 
Costume Design by
Danielle Launzel 
 
Makeup Department
Trent Cotner .... makeup artist
Bryn E. Leetch .... hair stylist
R.J. McCasland .... makeup artist
Brian McManus .... key makeup artist
Krystal Melton .... assistant makeup artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup department head
Myke Michaels .... special makeup designer
Abby Roll .... key hair stylist
Mark Villalobos .... special makeup effects artist
Richard Wetzel .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
George Rizkallah .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Berlandi .... second second assistant director
John Pontrelli .... first assistant director
Brian Relyea .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Frank Aldapa .... construction medic
Jamie Lynn Anderson .... on-set dresser
Querquia Backman .... art department production assistant
Albert Bianchini .... on-set dresser
Jonathan Buchanan .... property master
Liza Chenault .... set dresser
Jon De Pabon .... paint boss
Daniel M. Donato .... art department intern
Philip Fitzpatrick .... set dresser
Slade Hammer .... lead man
Douglas R. Johnson .... head painter
Christopher W. Jones .... construction coordinator
Tandy Kyne .... art department intern
Will Meugniot .... storyboard artist
Ben Page .... propmaker
Steven L. Rapak .... carpenter
Launa Staehle .... assistant art director
Walter Weiss .... general foreman
Mark Achilles White .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Levent Erdogan .... foley editor
Brent Findley .... sound effects editor
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Dick Hansen .... production sound mixer
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Kaleta .... boom operator
Cody King .... sound effects editor
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley artist
Brian Naguit .... assistant sound editor
Michael Parlett .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Graham Denman .... special effects
Mark Koivu .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Thomas D. Moser .... visual effects
Dan Schmit .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Matthew R. Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Melissa Barker .... stunts
Ken Clark .... stunt double
Leigh Hennessy .... stunts
Michael 'Pugita' Kobayashi .... stunt double
Brandon Molale .... stunts
Nick Plantico .... stunt double
Scott Rosen .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Nicholas Allen .... camera production assistant
Robert Reed Altman .... camera operator
Brian Bernstein .... additional camera operator
Charity Bidegain .... camera production assistant
Gregory Cohen .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Donovan Davis .... best boy
Donovan Davis .... grip
Eric Dyson .... first assistant camera operator:
Dave Egerstrom .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Charles Gauthier .... camera production assistant
Alex Gaynor .... lighting technician (as Alex O. Gaynor)
Cameron Gordon .... set lighting technician
Randal Grimm .... grip
Tom Howard .... lighting technician
Donald S. Hubbell .... grip
Robert Ivener .... key grip
Daniel Kauahi .... dolly grip
Joel Kitto .... grip
Steven A. Lundgren .... gaffer
Annie McEveety .... camera operator
David Sheetz .... gaffer: second unit
Mary F. Stankiewicz .... first assistant camera: "a" camera: Washington D.C.
Chris Tonkovich .... assistant chief lighting technician
Martijn Veltman .... rigging gaffer
Ronald Viveros .... best boy grip
Albee Winbush .... electrician
Linda Wu .... second assistant camera: "b" camera: "c" camera
 
Animation Department
Trent Cotner .... creature designer
 
Casting Department
Teresa Affleck .... casting assistant
Kryz Khaewkhum .... casting assistant
Carla Lewis .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rochelle Best .... costume supervisor
Alison Carrelli .... key costumer
Alison Carrelli .... key set costumer
Jill Chizever .... assistant costume designer
Laura Neeff .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Hunter .... assistant editor
Emily Koonse .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Aaron Goldstein .... music supervisor
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Leslie C. Blenkhorn .... driver
Joe Breuer .... driver
David M. Frish .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... camera car driver
Pablo Gonzalez .... driver
Donny Joseph .... driver
Craig Lietzke .... transportation coordinator
Tom Lyons .... driver
Dale Moser .... driver
Joel Renfro .... transportation captain
Scott Sampson .... construction driver
John Simanovich .... transportation co-captain
Michael P. Walsh .... driver
 
Other crew
Duane Abernathy .... assistant craft service
Martin Alcala .... production accountant
Tom Ara .... legal counsel
Tom Cabral .... accounting clerk
Thatiana Viana Cruz .... office production assistant
Ivo Deranja .... location manager
Sierra Donley .... production assistant
Marc Garcia .... set medic
David Lazarus .... craft service
Carlos G. Lopez .... assistant production coordinator
Bacilio Martin .... first assistant chef
Emily McLaughlin .... assistant: Mr. Shiban
Nanna Mourad .... head chef
Reece Pearson .... assistant: Mr. Krantz
Eddie Santillan .... assistant location manager
Kim Rocco Shields .... script supervisor
Rosana Tomas .... production coordinator
Jennifer Diane Torres .... production assistant
Justin Trimm .... set production assistant
Mike Tristano .... armorer
Sean Williamson .... set production assistant
Rayshelle Willis .... first assistant accountant
Michael Hexum .... weapons (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Matt Baxter .... special thanks
Alicia Conway .... special thanks
Bob DeRosa .... special thanks
Jieho Lee .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images and language
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The "Logan Cam" footage was shot by actor Tom Kiesche, who played Logan. Originally, the camera was just to be a prop for his character. But before shooting, Tom asked Ben, the director, for a functioning cam, with tapes and batteries. The first tape got misplaced by someone along the lines, because no one took it very seriously. Most people, both crew and actors, were surprised that he was actually shooting during "his" scenes. However, lots of the footage he shot, made the final film, giving the film an even grittier feel and giving the editor other options to cut to.See more »
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102 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Now THIS is what low-budget film-making should be like!, 1 October 2008
Author: bunksteve from United States

I basically went into "Alien Raiders" knowing two things: It was for Raw Feed (The makers of the classics "Rest Stop" and…. "Rest Stop 2: The Revenge of George Michael") and it had a horrible title. Seriously, visions of Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies danced through my head, and not the good kind with Bruce Campbell either. Already I was thinking about just missing it. Get some rest. Save up my energy for some other movies. It's day four, after all.

But my friend already had tickets for both of us, so I figured at the very least if it was boring I could just catch a nap.

Well… the nap never happened. Alien Raiders rises up above its horrible title and executes a tense and exciting low-budget action/sci-fi tale. Proof of this is the fact that out of all the movies I saw (Zack and Miri, which was great; Feast 2 which was... all right; couple more... can't think straight right now), this is the only one I'm bothering to write a review for. I think it's because since it's a straight-to-DVD movie, it probably won't get it's fair share of publicity. So allow me to put on my publicity gloves (And matching pants).... ahem...

The movie is about a small supermarket in Arizona that, one night while closing up, is over- run by a group of armed terrorists. The men claim that they have to "check" the remaining people, mentioning that "the king" is there and they have to find him/her/it. Now… obviously the title ruins any hope for keeping the movie's twist secret SPOILERthere are aliens that are in need of raidingSPOILER, but this movie still does a pretty good job at keeping the viewer engaged and wondering what the hell is going on, without ever confusing them.

The thing I liked the most about the movie was how it ended up being a few different kind of movies in one. It's a mystery when the cops are trying to unravel the reason for the hostage situation, it's an action film (The opening shoot-out is pretty friggin' intense), it's a sci-fi movie (Aliens… being raided), and it's even got a dash of monster movie in there for good measure. The atmosphere of the movie is pretty tense throughout. And the pacing was great as well. The movie's just under 90 minutes and no part of it really lags.

Acting-wise, TV fans are gonna' be pretty happy. The main character is played by Carlos Bernard, who we all know and love as Tony "F'ing" Almeda on "24". The character he's playing here isn't that much different from Tony, but it fits the character who, as the movie progresses, goes from being a quiet and almost creepy presence, to being a very sympathetic character. Also good was Rockmond Dunbar (C-Note from the first two seasons of "Prison Break" and one of the hit men in "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang") as the heavy of the group... The guy who is all business and no non-sense... You know… the asshole. He could have easily been a one-note character, but is given a few instances to add a little flavor to his performances that help flesh the character out a little. There's another character that… I don't really want to give anything away, but he dies pretty early on and that kind of bummed me out. I would have liked to seen more of him. The rest of the cast did a great job as well, with only a few weak points here and there.

I got to hand it to first-time feature director Ben Rock. The dude took a really tiny budget (I've heard it was anywhere from $1.5-3 million) and turned out one of the slicker movies I've seen. He and his cinematographer's use of lighting and different styles of shooting really makes this movie rise above their financial limitations. Although, it is a shame that, towards the end, they have to resort to some old tricks (Stuttery-looking action scenes, anyone?). But at least it looks better than "Automaton Transfusion", which looks like it was shot by a hyperactive kid with a camera strapped to his head while he tried to stand still.

Overall this movie was a pleasant surprise. I'd have to give it at least an 8 out of 10. I heard this is going straight to DVD, so I definitely say give it a shot when it comes out. Hope you use this review.

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