Alien Terminator Film Details
Overview: Five miles below the Earth’s surface, a group of scientists is working in self-imposed isolation, perfecting a series of DNA experiments that could literally change the world. But when one of those experiments goes awry, it unleashes
Tagline: Horror, Sci-Fi
Review: This is about some people who, for the past two years, have been living in some sort of laboratory 5 miles underground. They’re involved in an experiment to study the effects of isolation on human beings. One of the members, unbeknownst to the others, is conducting experiments into altering DNA to produce the ultimate killing machine. It’s kind of hard to believe that 6 people could live together in a very small environment for 2 years without anyone knowing what this guy was up to, but there you have it. This mad scientist is also a crystal meth addict, and he’s generally annoying and unlikable. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters aren’t much better. There is one nice girl named Rachel, and she’s engaged to the only other halfway descent character. There’s also an obnoxious girl, a guy with long hair who looks like he should be playing guitar in a country and western act, and some fat guy named Coach. So, mad scientist creates monster which gets loose, everybody gets picked off one by one, and in a scene straight out of the movie Leviathan, the evil corporation that’s running the whole thing decides it would be easier to announce that they all died down there than to let them live and explain their illegal DNA experiments. The worst part of the movie is the sets and photography. The underground lab is so small and dark that we never get the feeling these people are moving from one location to another in their attempts to escape the monster. The camera is always zooming around at weird angles and basically annoying the crap out of the viewer, which doesn’t help either. Also, you just don’t care for the majority of these people. The monster attacks are photographed in such a way that you can’t tell what’s going on, so the excitement level is kept low. And there are just so many stupid things happening that it’s impossible to take anything seriously. For instance, everyone must take a five mile elevator ride to get from the lab to the surface, but in the last half of the movie they seem to forget about this and the lab is all of a sudden right next to the hatch on the surface. At one point a girl takes a propane torch and quickly runs the flame around the edges of a ventilation hatch – I’m guessing we were supposed to think she welded it shut? Yeah, right. We’re really that stupid. There’s also a bunch of nonsense with a countdown until the life support system is turned off, at which point I guess everyone instantly dies? Or maybe the whole facility blows up? This countdown is announced by a computer that sounds like it should be working in the phone sex industry. Using a word processor creates a voice like a slow motion version of the computer from War Games. The dialogue is also dumb, the best example being when the first guy gets killed and instead of immediately abandoning the facility, they decide they owe it to the company to finish out the last two hours down there. Overall, crummy sets, bothersome camera work, characters that for the most part are either annoying or else you don’t care if they live or die, and a bunch of stupidity. I’m normally a huge fan of these low budget Alien ripoff movies, but I’m afraid I have to recommend skipping this one. There just isn’t anything to redeem it.
Country: United States, Mexico
Duration: 80 min
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Also known as: Alien Terminator,Alien terminator,Alien Exterminador,O exolothreftis tou mellontos,Alerta bajo tierra,Alien Species