Movie Review: Alien Outbreak (2020)

March 11, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Police Sergeant Zoe Norris (Katherine Drake) is having a rather shit day on the job what with the lunatics, suicides, and alien invasions. This is why I don’t do Mondays, amirite fam?

Any fuckin’ how, those pesky aliens and their robot pals are turning the town into a petri dish to test out some wacky-ass space virus that makes anyone infected go bathsit and off themselves right quick!

soon Norris and a rag-tag group of survivors hole up in the ol’ police station and attempt to make it through the outre ordeal, but of course that will prove mega difficult… so all hail our new alien overlords I guess?!!

Let’s not buck our terror tradition, and start out with what works well with Alien Outbreak… and let me lay a spoiler on ya; this flick does plenty right in-fucking-deed!

Let’s start with the nuts n’ bolts; this is a well acted, well shot flick with plenty of mounting tension and an inky-black, shadow filled aesthetic (to start with anyway) in which our alien antagonists can skitter and stalk their prey to maximum effect!

Also of note is how this narrative switches gears with skill and aplomb, going from a horror trope filled beginning, into an action film, and back to a horrific finale… think The War of the Worlds by way of Assault on Precinct 13 and you’d be right on the monstrous money… and you know good and goddamned well you think that’s awesome as balls… and you’re right… plus there are a few surprising twists and turns along the way that are both surprising and satisfying to those that have been especially observant as the yarn unfolds!

But what you horror hounds crave is the special effects, and here is where this film really delivers! We get robots, space-craft, and giant humanoid aliens… and it’s all glorious and presented with top-shelf skill… hell we even get some tasty treats in the form of random gore effects that are handled just as well. All of this should come as no surprise as the picture’s writer/director Neil Rowe is an award winning visual effects artist!

If you are looking for an alien invasion flick with great effects and plenty of surprises, then look no further than Alien Outbreak; this is a fantastic blend of horror, sci-fi, and action that manages to breathe new life into a tried and true genre!



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