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“Good silly fun... a dead-on spoof of cheapo ’50s sci-fi” — Todd McCarthy, VARIETY
“Clever, quirky... like an Edward D. Wood movie with post-production” — THE DESERT SUN
Director: R.W. Goodwin
Screenplay: Steven P. Fisher, James Swift
Cast: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick, Jody Thompson, Dan Lauria
Producers: James Swift
The story begins in 1957 in the star-filled skies above California's Mojave Desert. It is a special night for noted astronomer Ted Lewis, who is preparing a special dinner for his beautiful, adoring wife Lana to celebrate their wedding anniversary. In another part of town, Tammy, a waitress at small local diner with big plans for the future, looks out her window and is excited to see a shooting star, which she takes as a good sign for her dreams. But what Dr. Lewis and Tammy assume is a shooting star is really an alien spaceship. The fiery ball hurtles toward earth and crash-lands on a butte in the desert. The only witnesses are teens Dick and Penny, who are necking in a nearby lover's lane. A tall, metallic alien named Urp emerges from the craft unharmed, alarmed to discover that the monstrous Ghota, who was also on board, has escaped. The menacing one-eyed creature's unquenchable appetite could mean the end of civilization as we know it. Urp is the only one who knows how to stop the hideous extraterrestrial, but to do so he has to take over the body of Dr. Lewis and enlist the aid of Tammy, the only human in town willing to believe and trust in his mission. The local police, including Chief Dawson and Officer Vern, are confirmed skeptics and offer little help. Together, Urp and Tammy must hunt down the Ghota and neutralize it before it consumes all the local inhabitants and uses the human fuel to multiply and conquer the world.
The 1950s were a formative decade for popular filmmaking and pop culture. Post-war America was a unique environment in its politics and ideology and, as much as during any other era, the movies reflected the spirit of the times. ALIEN TRESPASS, an homage to 1950s sci-fi B-movies, offers both a look back at the attitudes of a bygone age and a peculiar suggestion that in the span of 50 years, relatively little has changed. ALIEN TRESPASS is about the fun of confronting silly fears. To watch and enjoy it is to experience something like the enjoyment felt by audiences in the 1950s, unaware of whatever social implications their movie-going habits might someday be said to reveal. The entertainment value of a movie that channels our anxieties, whether they are caused by Communism or terrorism, is apparently not a condition of the specific decade we live in.