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Aliens take over a small town in New Zealand. The NZ government send a team to track them down and bring a few in for examination. Derek and Barry head into the town with Ozzy and Frank as back up. From their first encounter they discover that the aliens are not that accommodating and taking them alive might be problematic.
A disturbing phone call to the authorities about space crafts landing in the New England town of Kaihoro has the chief call in the boys. Barry and Derek are the first pair to arrive in the deserted town. Barry is attacked by one of the human disguised aliens while Derek watches on from a large cliff. Barry ends up blows the aliens head off with a magnum. After hiding the body, Barry got attacked once again. This time by a small group of the aliens. Barry seems to be done fore until Derek starts messing one of the aliens they caught earlier. He's right up by the foot, hanging off an edge of the cliff. Derek tries to get him to talk, but he doesn't, which results in Derek striking a machete deep into the alien's foot. The alien lets out an awful scream and attracts the group of aliens away from Barry and to Derek.
During Derek's struggle against the aliens, the one he has tied up escapes and sends Derek down the cliff, onto a large rock. Barry contacts the other two men afterwards, Ozzy and Frank. In the meantime, a religious money collector, Giles, is on his route to collect his monthly payment. He stops in Kaihoro, only to find one of the aliens eating out the brains of another counterpart. Giles tries to take cover in a near by house. Little does he know that the aliens already beat him there. Giles is clubbed and brought into the house where he's thrown in a giant pot filled with water and vegetables. The alien leader informs him that he will be tomorrows lunch. As soon as Barry saw Giles dragged into the house, he tells Ozzy and Frank to get into the town to help him out. They all suit up and arm themselves for a rescue. During such, Derek ends up not being dead, but just a little bit off. He too takes care of a few of their alien friends.
Inside the house, they find out that the aliens have killed the entire towns population and plan to bring the remaining parts back to their home planet and sell them at a local restaurant called Crumb's Crunchy Delights. Frank goes into the aliens meeting undercover as one of their own. After hearing more of the details about the new food fad, one of the aliens is brought to a large bowl where he pukes into it. All the aliens then begin to drink the puke, including Frank. When the aliens retire to bed, the group completes their rescue mission, but now has to worry about getting out of the house alive. During the last battle, the aliens began to rip out of their human skin and take their true alien form. It didn't phase the group a bit as they continued to stay alive.
Four years in the making, this was Peter Jackson's very first full length film. Directed, produced, wrote, and starred as Derek, along with the main alien (not the leader). The way he made the gore was so unique. It had touches of being real and fake, but just the way it looked was so different than any other film. Not to mention the type of violence he used to make such creativeness. When the boys are in the house with all of the aliens, one of the aliens comes into the kitchen (where they're hiding). Frank rips the aliens head off, rips the spinal cord off of it's neck by stepping on it with his foot, then kicks the head out of the window. Or when Derek is driving through the woods and hits one of the aliens, ripping him in half and having his intestines fall off the hood of the car when it comes to a screeching stop.
The comedy of the side of the film played out perfectly. Even some of the scenes that seemed to be forced were funny. Like after Derek runs over the alien, he gets out to look at him. The alien still being alive start to throw pine cones at Derek. Or when Frank shoots a missile into the house, trying to kill the alien leader with Derek behind him. It misses the leader, Derek moves so it doesn't hit him, then it flies out the back door and explodes a sheep. Every piece of the film was very one of a kind. It even holds something I've never seen in any film, and that's a cast of completely males. No woman to scream during every scene or run away from aliens for the majority of the film. Females do play their parts in a fair share of films, but none were needed in this one. Jackson was once a brilliant man, this film proves it.
Final Conclusion: 10/10
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- added 08/10/2005, 06:04 PM
Yeah, this is a great, fun film. It was a bit hard
for me to fully appreciate at first since I had
seen Dead Alive (which is a top favorite of mind)
before watching this. After letting it sit for a
while and then giving it another viewing, I was
able to enjoy the movie.
- added 09/15/2005, 04:21 PM
Great movie, this (along with Dead ALive) are 2 of
Peter Jackson's good movies (I liked Dead ALive,
but all the talk of how good it was left me
disapointed) he sold out to do the LOTR movies...
all of which were inferior to the books.
- added 01/10/2006, 07:33 AM
How did he sell out, exactly? Because he went to
Hollywood? The only films that were independently
done were Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles. Everyone
of his other seven or eight films have hit the
- added 08/04/2006, 02:18 PM
Decent little movie, although it was actually a
bit boring in spots. The gore was great and the
jokes were funny, but the scenes in between all
that goodness sort of killed the pace in my humble
- added 12/12/2006, 11:37 PM
You misinterpret what I mean by "sold out", Chris.
I was infering that through my undying loyalty to
his early work (big-budget "The Frighteners"
included) I was led to assume that atleast a bit
of hit good natured humor would carry into
Tolken's series... ya know, making it better? He
didn't though... he churned out Hollywood shit and
made the movies actually MORE boring than the
books... this amazed me like you wouldn't beleive.
- added 02/02/2007, 12:18 AM
Wow, he made movies based on something and
actually kept the original story line. That IS
something isn't it.
- added 02/28/2007, 10:09 PM
The books didn't make me want to fall asleep. And
with the over-abundance of CGI, I might as well
have watched the cartoon LOTR movies. I can't
really blame him, he wanted to do a project like
this for the longest time... it just... well... it
really pissed me off. I didn't like the way it
turned out... I respect him as a director and