Alien Terminator (1995) - I'm A Celebrity Look-A-Like Get Me Out Of Here! February 24, 2019 09:00
From executive producer Roger Corman comes another Alien hybrid rip-off with the caveat being Alien Terminator contains neither an alien nor a futuristic cyborg assassin. But that really doesn't matter because what other film features a crackhead Corey Feldman double, a cowardly Billy Ray Cyrus clone, the country bumpkin version of Bradley Cooper, Maria Ford pre-cosmetic surgery and the spicy Lisa Boyle whose credited under two names!
Five miles under the surface a group of "scientists" are participating in an research experiment regarding the effects of isolation over a two year period funded by a group called Earth Tech. With their final day approaching everyone is wrapping up their duties, except for Newton the long hair Corey Feldman crackhead look-a-like who unbeknownst to everyone else has been experimenting with DNA manipulation for the past two years and is the only one who knows that this isolation experiment is a cover for the experiments he's been doing to try and develop a superior DNA strain.
In a tweaker moment Newton cuts his finger on a broken test tube and a couple drops of his blood drop into a blue goo in a petri dish. The results are amazing as the cells begin to duplicate and grow stronger, and testing it on one of his lab mouses obtains the results he was looking for as the mouse turns aggressive and incredibly strong. All seems to finally be going to plan until the mouse dies and he discovers what he has actually created is a new living organism that temporarily inhabits a hosts, feeds on it then expels from the carcass searching for a new host to grow stronger.
There's no getting past how horrible Alien Terminator is, but oddly enough I really enjoyed this film. Granted the plot is nothing new, the acting is awful, and the creature is utter crap but two things made this film work. First it doesn't appear to take itself seriously, or if the writers tried to make a serious film they failed miserably. Second the actors really seemed to get into their roles. There's nothing worse than a crappy film with bad actors giving halfhearted performances. But when you have a cast that actually tries (even if they are horrible) it can save a bad movie from being a boring mess and turn it into something fairly entertaining. It also didn't hurt that many of the actors looked like low budget doubles of higher ranked celebrities, Newton looks like Corey Feldman now, Dean Taylor (Rodger Halston) looks like Billy Ray Cyrus, and Pete (Emile Levisetti) is like a redneck version of Bradley Cooper.
Lisa Boyle is of course hot as ever and bares a little skin. Supposedly producers wanted more nudity from her and wanted to do a scene where the monster drags her off, rips off her clothes, rapes her and kills her, similar to 1980's Humanoids From The Deep. She wasn't interested in that, and for some reason that led her to request that she be billed as Cassandra Leigh in the opening credits, yet in the closing credits she's billed as Lisa Boyle. Also interesting to note the shower scene was actually spliced in from another film she had done called Midnight Tease. So the only scene shot for the film itself was a brief encounter between Lisa's character and the Bradley Cooper wannabe in the air shaft.
Maria Ford plays tom boy McKay whose frequently flirtatiously bantering with "Billy Ray Cyrus". I don't understand the hype regarding Ford, most people seem to hate this film in general but will cite her as being the main reason they bothered watching it. Ford is easily the worst actor in the entire film, and multiple scenes she seems to be completely out of it. It actually became quite hilarious, as every time the rest of the group was running for their lives she was on some sort of delayed reaction mode and would simply stand there and stare like she wasn't sure should she run or should she let the monster kill her...?
Overall, I found Alien Terminator highly enjoyable compared to most of the other Alien ripoffs I've seen. The only reason I can figure this film gets more hate in comparison is it simply doesn't try to be a serious "horror" film but at the same time it's not trying to be a comedy either. It's a film that clearly everyone involved knows is bad but they actually appear to be enjoying it and put some effort into making the best of it, and that resonated with me.