Ten cent movies: The Alien Factor

A while back, I spent a whopping $5 on this 50-movie set, Sci-fi Invasion. That adds up to 10 cents per movie. Time for more aliens-running-around-the-woods action with 1978’s The Alien Factor.

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Here’s what happens: Aliens crash land outside a small town and start wreaking havoc. The mayor wants to start an investigation, but a wealthy land developer stops them, knowing that said investigation could ruin his plans to build an entertainment center. We spend way more time with these humans than with the aliens.

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Speculative spectacle: The movie’s only real saving grace is that each alien is a wildly different type. There’s a huge Bigfoot-like alien, one that looks like a guy covered with mud, a glowing blue alien, and the best, a giant lizard created with stop motion animation.

Sleaze factor: Not much, aside from a little bit of gore.

Quantum quotables: “Oh, I’m sure it’ll be all right if you alerted everyone if a wild animal might be on the loose. Wouldn’t hurt to have people on the lookout.” – A concerned citizen

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What the felgercarb? Hey, how about that band? We get to visit these bunch of rockabilly types for a few songs during the movie. Either the filmmakers were hoping for a hit single to promote the movie or (my guess) they were looking to pad out the runtime.

Microcosmic minutiae: In 1982, Baltimore-based director Don Dohler went to make an unofficial remake of this movie, called Night Beast. He then made the official sequel, Alien Factor 2: Alien Rampage in 2001. There’s a 1990 movie called Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor, which is not related to this one in any way.

Epic Crossover: The Alien Factor was also featured on a Cinematic Titanic release, which was reviewed for DVD Verdict by Judge Erich Asperschlager. Read it here.

Worth 10 cents? Not even a penny.

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About Mac McEntire

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