Movie Review: Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983) – Severin Blu-ray

May 20, 2023

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?

A fiery explosion in space results in a meteor that is sent hurdling towards Earth.

Meanwhile down on the ground, a young boy named Tommy (Óscar Martín, who appears to be having the time of his life) witnesses the meteor hurtling towards our beloved globe (in a sequence that proves the sound department on this one has zero clue what a kitten sounds like) while some dudes, poachers by disgusting trade, ass-around in the nearby day-for-night forest.

Well, said dudes do both the fucking around, and the finding out as they encounter that meteor and the eggs it contains… eggs that are hatching!

Because all of that was moving along at a good clip, we cut to rock n’ roll Rick (Ian Sera) who provides a song about fast cars sung with the lowest amount of energy possible before he and his pals trek off to the woods for some rest and relaxation.

How does all of that tie together? Well Tommy is a bit of a critter collector, and he manages to acquire one of those eggs which he hatches in his room… a room in a house now occupied by our hard rockin’ heroes after one of their party is injured out in those wicked woods!

Soon Tommy and his new, magical alien friend Trumpy (who resembles ALF with a shaved face rather than the E.T. the production was aiming for) are having a blast as the alien sucks peanuts up his nose and makes a game of Simon turn into a fart-sounding synthesizer concerto.

Things turn decidedly less farty as Trumpy’s mother is up and stalking the woods on a murderous rampage to find her missing son… and no one may survive the wrath of a star-borne mother scorned!

Coming from director Juan Piquer Simón (Pieces, Slugs), Extra Terrestrial Visitors is a delightfully schizo film that can’t make up it’s mind whether it’s a lovable, family-friendly knock-off of The Bearded One’s 1982 masterpiece (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for you youngins and dumb asses out there)  or a tale of relentless alien-based terror so expect murder and dopey antics in equal, inexplicable measure from this one!

As you can imagine this all leads to a wildly uneven, explosively surreal picture where rock stars, aliens, intergalactic parlor tricks, and illegal hunting practices are smooshed together in a cinematic Fluffernutter that goes down easy and leaves you dizzy from the experience!

More grounded are the special features to be found here which kick-off with an excellent, Spanish language full-length documentary exploring the entirety of Simón’s oeuvre and how they were made! In my not-so-humble opinion this is worth the price of admission alone!

Following that we get interviews with actor Emilio Linder (a Simón regular who appeared in multiple films from the director), and composer Librado Pastor (who also plays selections from the film’s score in a separate featurette), and the film’s alternate title sequence (under the name Pod Peple… the version featured on the classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode) that utilizes footage from Don Dohler’s The Galaxy Invader.

Also included are selections from the film’s soundtrack on a separate CD.

If you ever wanted to see a version of E.T. where seemingly everyone involved said “Fuck it” and just went haywire, then Extra Terrestrial Visitors is the picture for you; it’s an off-kilter experience that provides lovers of psychotronic sci-fi with one hell of an enjoyable rocket ride!

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