Welcome to Alien Trespass, a movie we are told that was reportedly canned after lead actor Eric McCormack and MGM Studios could not come to a contractual agreement for its release.
In reality, Alien Trespass is an homage to the B science fiction movies of the 1950’s. But it’s so much more than that. It’s funny and brilliant and never too over the top. Even with the cardboard sets and aliens in plastic costumes.
The story begins in star-filled skies somewhere in California’s Mojave Desert. It is a special night for noted astronomer Ted Lewis, who is preparing a special dinner for his beautiful, adoring wife Lana to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, a fiery ball hurtles towards earth and crash-lands nearby. Of course, Ted has to take a look, and next thing we know, Ted has been possessed by an alien known as Urp. Urp is on a mission to find an escaped alien, the monstrous Ghota, before it destroys the world as we know it.
This movie was recommended to me via Netflix instant streaming. It is not so much Mars Attacks as it is Forbidden Planet or The Day The Earth Stood Still. In fact, the 1950’s feel of the movie is so well done that you tend to forget that this isn’t actually a film from that decade. The actors, especially McCormack, give performances that could have been given by any of the great science fiction actors of the time. And the sets and costumes are simple and perfect. Even the dialogue feels authentic. This film just works.
I’ve read that some critics, including Roger Ebert, didn’t like the film or understand the need for a 1950’s science fiction tribute film in our day and age. I don’t think those critics got it. This is entertainment, pure and simple, and takes us back to a time when film directors understood that. This is one of those movies that at some point just may very well have its own cult following.
To sum up, Alien Trespass is not only a glorious tribute, but also entertaining science fiction fun.