Alien V Hunter
In 1947, in New Mexico, a radio operator receives a signal following patterns and while investigating the occurrence, he vanishes. In the present day, the same signal is transmitted from a base on the Falkland Islands to the United States, and a satellite captures images of an unknown object in Antarctica. The cryptologist Julien Rome is invited to investigate the mystery in the South Pole, and he flies to a research base. While a team tries to open a weird shell probably from outer space, Julien solves the message.
Because Sci-Fi’s “Showdown at Area 51” was not enough, The Asylum brings us another exciting rip-off in anticipation of “AVP R”. Since the “Alien vs. Predator” sequel is set in a small American town, “Alien v Hunter” is set in a small American town. After some helicopter shots, we are treated to a middle-aged man jogging, completely oblivious to a huge smoking object crashing behind him. From there we are introduced to an alien and a “hunter” and people die and run around and shoot at stuff.
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This particular effort is punctuated by some nice derivative designs. The alien resembles Giger’s “Alien” (except for the whole spider thing) and the hunter is a safe re-imagining of the “Predator”. In this respect The Asylum have really outdone themselves. This kind of production design could really have helped them on movies like “Alien Abduction”.
The characters are a real low point, though. Our heroes have a few very superficial clichés that pass for character and they are played off one another in a way that makes you wish the monsters would win. There is some solace in watching people get killed off, but it was never the ones we really wanted dead.
We are almost used to these quirks by now, even the worst one of never quite getting everything in frame. It is odd watching these because the little flashes of competence give you the feeling that it would have been a solid movie if only they bothered to get the coverage. However, down to brass tax, this thing advertises itself on its special effects and there really is not anything wrong with those. In addition, the film wisely avoids much reference to “Alien vs. Hunter” and instead liberally rips off the original “Alien”, “Predator” and “Aliens”.
Without giving anything away, the final twist is irritating. Apart from this, “Alien vs. Hunter” is an essential for any fan of The Asylum.