Sunday, September 6, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Spaced Invaders

Spaced Invaders
Director: Patrick Read Johnson
Cast: Douglas Barr, Royal Dano, Ariana Richards
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 101 minutes
Rating: PG
Buy Link: Amazon


Do you recall watching a movie that was so stupid that it was actually enjoyable? Well, that's what I have always felt about the 1990 science-fiction comedy Spaced Invaders! Despite the fact that the film is set on Halloween Night, it was originally released in the spring! It was critically panned at the time and didn't do very well at the box-office. Over the years, the film has picked up a small following. Now on September 15th, Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing Spaced Invaders on DVD & Blu-ray.

The movie centers on a small Martian spaceship with a small-minded crew (Captain Bipto, Blaznee, Lieutenant Giggywig, Dr. Ziplock, Corporal Pez) who picks up a signal that they thought was from their fleet, but in fact it was from a radio broadcast of Orson Welles' 1938 The War of the Worlds. The crew crashes their ship into a barn in Big Bean, Illinois and they make plans to invade Earth.

The pilot Blaznee stays behind to guard the spaceship and to keep an on eye on the Enforcer Drone, all while the others head into town with their Scout-in-a-Can robot. After an accident occurs that separates Captain Bipto from the rest of the crew, Lieutenant Giggywig, Dr. Ziplock and Corporal Pez attempt to proceed with the mission. Unaware to them, the town's celebrating Halloween and they easily blend in with the trick-or treaters, where they befriend the sheriff's daughter, Kathy.

Before long, the Big Bean residents catch on that there are aliens around and put together a lynch mob to find them. To make matters worse, the Enforcer Drone escapes the ship and goes on the hunt for the martians.

As I've already mentioned, this is a stupid movie that'ss likeable. The plot is silly, the dialogue is cliched and the acting is cheesy, but thanks to the martians' costumes, the movie is somewhat enjoyable. The picture quality transfer on Blu-ray is pretty decent. I do wish there were a few special features or extras on the single-disc. Overall, Spaced Invaders is a fun, harmless movie to watch around Halloween.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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