Alien Species (1996)
Article 5722 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Peter Maris
Featuring Charles Napier, Hoke Howell, David Homb
What it is: Low budget aliens invade
Aliens invade Earth, but most of the action takes place in a small town.
By this time, even a small-budget independent movie such as this one could manage to work up the wherewithal to have a few CGI effects; however, there’s still no guarantee that the script will be any good, and this tired compendium of cliches bears this out. It also doesn’t help that most of the middle of this movie takes place in a poorly-lit cave; nothing can sap the pleasure out of a movie as quickly as having to squint and concentrate just to see what’s going on. The acting is merely passable, but that’s okay; with the script the way it is, it doesn’t really give much opportunity for great acting. It also promises a sequel that never saw the light of day, but I won’t complain about that. Ninety minutes of time have been killed.