Extraterrestrial

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(2014) ★★★

Sky Movies Premiere: PREMIERE Friday 4 December, 10am and 11.45pm

Unhappy Brittany Allen heads for a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods with friends. She’s saddened by her parents’ recent divorce: “I’m saying we’re all alone in the universe.” Not quite. Not judging by that blazing light coursing across the sky. And the boozy group discovers something even scarier beside the flying saucer that crashes near their cabin.

Footprints. Bookended by Echo Lake scenes deliberately acknowledging The X-Files, this old-school sci-fi horror show is a funhouse of red-filter thrills with lanky grey aliens and a punchy soundtrack set to bleeding ears. With a couple of shout-outs to The Thing, there’s nothing new on the imminent alien threat and animal mutilation menu.

Scenes aboard the mothership recall the early-90s alien abduction flicks Fire in the Sky and Communion, only much grungier. And those alien probes are even worse than we’ve been led to believe. But it’s adroitly assembled by the Vicious Brothers (the otherwise unrelated Canadian film-makers Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz), who are canny enough to utilise ‘found footage’ tropes sparingly, purely in the service of the story.

And they give full rein to their sick sense of humour in an ending that matches The Mist for misery. These guys know how to use widescreen, too, because the climactic tracking shot is a thing of beauty, quite the feat of reverse engineering. Dawn of the Dead’s Gil Bellows and Starship Troopers veteran Michael Ironside are reliable in contrasting support roles.

But it’s Brittany Allen who holds the attention. She’s a resourceful heroine remindful of Alien’s Ripley and Patricia Tallman’s Barbara in the 1990 version of Night of the Living Dead. The only real criticism of her character would be in having such lousy taste in friends. Yet even they get more than they probably desrve.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 97min

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