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The Alien Factor (1978)

G | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 12 May 1978 (USA)
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 »


Don Dohler (as Donald M. Dohler)


Don Dohler (as Donald M. Dohler)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Leifert ... Ben Zachary
Tom Griffith Tom Griffith ... Sheriff Cinder
Richard Dyszel ... Mayor Wicker
Mary Mertens Mary Mertens ... Edie Martin
Richard Geiwitz Richard Geiwitz ... Pete
George Stover ... Steven
Eleanor Herman Eleanor Herman ... Mary Jane Carter
Anne Frith Anne Frith ... Dr. Ruth Sherman
Christopher Gummer Christopher Gummer ... Clay
Don Dohler Don Dohler ... Ernie
Dave Ellis Dave Ellis ... Richie
Dave Geatty Dave Geatty ... Man in Bar
Margie Van Tassell Margie Van Tassell ... Susan
Tony Malanowski Tony Malanowski ... Ed Miller
Debbie Pietron 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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Directorial debut of Don Dohler. See more »


When the sheriff is driving along a dirt road after the initial killing, the edge of the car window carrying the camera is visible 2 or 3 times during the side-by-side shots. See more »


Ben Zachary: So when I knelt over the creature, my mind went momentarily blank, and then I was aware of a bright blue light, then thoughts began to enter my mind...
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Followed by Alien Factor 2: The Alien Rampage (2001) See more »


Jump Back Crackerjack
Written by Lon Talbot
Performed by Atlantis
© 1976 Mekon Records
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Funny? You bet! Worth a few bucks for the DVD? Oh Yes!
29 April 2006 | by abutler-9See all my reviews

This Movie is just Fun. Back in the mid 70's movies like these were being made every day, by people with small budgets and little know actors. But they were the movies you would talk to your buddies about long after the movie has gone the way of the Drive-ins.I was too young to see Alien Factor when it was at the Drive-in. I did see on a late night fright show on NBC. I was about 15 then and found it be the best laugh you could get with out big name stars. I bought the DVD for a few bucks in a bargain store. I just watched it and Man! It brings back the memories. Plan 9 from outer space meets Gumby and Pokey! It's fun. It's low tech.it's got bad acting. But the monster costumes look great for mid 70's. I'm surprised Don Dohler didn't get as far as John Carpenter did. You might say some thing like "John Carpenter did some great work!" Yes thats true. But just look at one of his first movies "Dark Star" You can't find gems like these being made today. My friends and I call movies like these "Pure Cheese" This is the best of pure cheese around. You can find cheesy movies. But it takes the best and I mean the best to make it into My list of Top 10 Pure Cheese. I'll watch this movie for years to come. I would say on the Pure Cheese list I would put it at 3 between Laser Blast & Dark Star. Every now and then you have to sit back and watch a low tech/low budget movie. Just a good old fun Si-Fi that doesn't weigh you down with plot or sub plot. I hold Pure Cheese movies in the highest regard.The Alien Factor is one movie to be held high. So Thanks to Don Dohler for good fun!

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Release Date:

12 May 1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Perry Hall, Maryland, USA See more »


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$30,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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