Reviewed byaspentreeVote: 8/10/10
"Alien Raiders" has proved that, through masterful directions, goodactings, a low budget thriller can still deliver high qualityentertainment.
The story is simple but interestingly fresh. The editing was skillfullydone. The level of suspense was surprisingly high, (aided with clevercinematography) surpassing one's expectation. One could sense that theefforts put into every scene of the film was made so with some kind ofrare honesty and genuinity that are so lacking in many of the modernday thriller-movies. Never was there a moment when i feel cheated orwanna say, "Hey this is cheap".
The intensity of this film would also put many of the bigger budgetthrillers out there to shame. (If u get hold of a copy of this DVD, dowatch it in dark!)
Lastly, in my humble opinion, many of those who were involved in thisfilm are probably going it make big-time in the not too distant future,especially the director.
Reviewed bygarlick_2Vote: 8/10/10
This movie is definitely not going to win any awards. It's also notgoing to make any top 10 lists at the end of the year. It won't evenmake cult status.
What it will do is entertain you & keep you on the edge of your seat.
The premise is simple. A group of independent "alien hunters" havedescended on a small town, and specifically a grocery store where theyseem to have found the original infection. Do they do the best jobsecuring the location?? No. Do they seem dis organized, and nervous??Yes. But I think that adds to the plot. These are not trained policeofficers, or ex military men. They are regular Joe's that have foundsomething that needs to be stopped.
What's most impressive is the way the tension is built throughout thefilm. You feel the same claustrophobic tension that you get inSplinter, and there's a similar feeling to the great Spanish film "rec"This movie isn't quite as good in quality as those two movies, butthere's a good mix of "what the heck is going on" and "how is thiswhole thing going to end."
There are very limited special effects in this movie, and when usedthey add to the story, they don't take away. There's almost no CGI, andthat's a good thing. The Sci Fi channel could really learn somethingabout creating movies like this, where you have alien invasions withoutusing incredibly cheap and campy CGI, just a little make up, and somecool camera tricks and hold back the pay off till the last minute. It'san easy formula that's been missing from science fiction films forquite some time. Directors have fallen in love with being able tocreate big creatures, but don't know how to build tension.
Now, the movie does have plot wholes, and relies on some clichés. Theone cop that happens to be a hostage negotiator from "the big city."The ending isn't as surprising as they want it to be. Still, for adirect to DVD movie, this is about as good as it gets.
It's science fiction, so suspend disbelief a bit, and imagine how youwould react if you were in the characters shoes. It's an enjoyablelittle trip.
Reviewed bySteve Nicola ([email protected])Vote: 7/10/10
I really love it when an independent film is made well. I'm all for theunderdog rising above the corporate giants with their millions andbillions. A film doesn't always need expensive special effects (yessometimes they do blow u away, but the use of CGI is getting ridiculousnow), and a worthy script with good actors and some creative low budgetFX can be enough to keep you entertained....if you haven't beenbrainwashed yet that is. Getting to my point, Alien Raiders deliversbecause you don't expect it too (I think they chose the name because ofthat reason). The name sucks, the beginning with the dodgy camcordingmakes you think 'is this what it's gonna be like', and then wallop youbecome absorbed in this little gem. It may be because I love alienmovies, and people's interpretations on the whole alien invasion,including what they look like and what power they possess. Yes the filmis pretty much all in a supermarket and yes the protectors of theuniverse do some really stupid things, but we're all human. You have tolook at Alien Raiders for what it is and appreciate how well it wasdelivered for it's small budget. The actors did a great job, they we'revery convincing, and the raiders we're relentless throughout which wasgreat. If they think you're an alien well you're in big trouble, cozthey don't like aliens not one bit. The twist was mildly obvious butstill it could only be one of the 5 or 6 hostages so what do youexpect. Those that have been hating on this are not fans of indieflicks obviously, and probably watch Die Hard 4.0 (which I loved by theway) and think that if a car doesn't take out a helicopter then itain't worth watching. I've seen many bad indie horror flicks and thatswhy this gets positive comments from me. It stands out from the crowdand except for the supermarket setting has no similarities, and is nota copy of 'The Mist' (which again I loved). Give it a go...if you don'tlike it....well tough I did.
It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake, Arizona. But the normal monotony of rounding up shopping carts and settling out the cash drawers is broken at 11:07pm, just before closing when a group of masked and armed-to-the-teeth militants invades the store, immediately killing several of the employees and shoppers and holding the rest hostage. Though the hostage-takers at first appear to be robbers or terrorists, they reveal themselves to be a cadre of rogue scientists that has discovered and tracked an alien infestation to THIS STORE on THIS NIGHT, and they are determined to find out which of the survivors are extraterrestrials and end the invasion at any cost.