Alien Intruder

(Ricardo Jacques Gale, USA, 1993)


People who worked with producer Roger Corman on his SF B movies of the ’80s recall his fondness for kludge: everything from discarded airplane parts to used egg cartons stuck into the set design to make it look faintly technological and futuristic.

The kludge aesthetic is well in evidence in Alien Intruder, which comes from the prolific exploitation company of Merhi and Pepin, and is directed by Ricardo Jacques Gale.

This is a very curious mix of ideas from Alien (1979) and Westworld (1973), updated with references to virtual reality and stuffed with pastiches of Westerns, soft porn, bikie and surf movies.

A team of aggro guys on a spaceship is progressively undermined and destroyed by the mysterious and violent Ariel (Tracy Scoggins) who pops up in their nightly virtual-reality fantasies. The nerdy scientist of the team finally realises that Ariel is – wait for it – a life form whose DNA has been translated into a biochemical virus inside the ship’s computer system.

So, for anyone with a taste for cheap SF movies full of kludge, pseudo-science, and actors such as Maxwell Caulfield and Billy Dee Williams ranting hysterically before blowing each other away with enormous space-guns, Alien Intruder is definitely recommended.

© Adrian Martin December 1993

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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