Saturday, January 15, 2022

#2,694. Alienween (2016) - Spotlight on Italy


Take the effects and dark humor of Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste, combine it with the dynamic energy of Lamberto Bava’s Demons, and toss in a few scenes that could have been lifted straight out of Japanese anime, and you have writer / director Federico Sfascia’s Alienween, a crazy, bloody, over-the-top sci-fi / horror / comedy that’s a tremendous amount of fun.

It’s Halloween night, and four friends gather inside an abandoned house for what they hope will be a wild, drug-fueled party. The hookers have already arrived, and the drugs are on their way, but unfortunately for these old pals the evening won’t go exactly as planned.

For starters, the girlfriends of two of the guys turn up unexpectedly, demanding an explanation. As if that isn’t bad enough, there’s the pesky little alien invasion that’s going down outside, and when these visitors from outer space crash the party, the good times come to a screeching halt!

Alienween is high-octane entertainment from start to finish, with loony characters, tons of quick cuts (like a music video on speed), and practical effects that make the most of its meager budget. This is an insane, grindhouse-style gorefest, and I had a blast watching it!
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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