There's a good idea at the base of R.W. Goodwin's new ALIEN TRESPASS. Unfortunately, it is neither all that novel nor done well enough to take flight. Making fun of old sci-fi and fantasy films has been around for very nearly as long as the original genres themselves. (In fact, many of these old films, viewed today, become their own delightful self-satires.) The last pretty-good example I recall of one of these modern-day recreations was the Canadian Top of the Food Chain (1999, also known as Invasion!) with Campbell Scott. Just last week saw the opening of the mainstream, animated Monsters vs Aliens, which itself spoofs many of these movies and offers a character that bears a striking, one-eyed resemblance to the monster in Goodwin's new film.
|Lead Eric McCormack (shown at right) is saddled for most of the movie with a character whose body is inhabited by one of the aliens, and so McCormack goes into a kind of "remote" mode, which allows him to express little emotion or energy. This is generally disastrous. Only one character, the coffee shop waitress Tammy, is brought fully to life by an Australian actress named Jennie Baird (shown below). Baird is terrific: a perfect icon of the 50s with pizazz, ponytail and allure to spare. She keeps her energy level high and on-target and her final scene at the spaceship is so well done, that I swear, those of you old enough will suddenly remember the late, great B-movie actress Beverly Garland -- who herself graced some of these 50s sci-fi flicks.|