Sunday, 21 April 2013
DVD review: Alien Showdown: The Day the Old West Stood Still (2013)
An alien scout is to find a new habitable planet for his people, stranded with his ship in the Wild West of the Year in 1854. The living conditions on earth seem almost perfect for the aliens. Just a Cowboy (Robert Amstler) is now between the alien invasion fleet and the rest of humanity. It must be prevented that the alien informs its fleet. An almost hopeless battle between modern weapons technology and a .45 revolver. Alien Showdown: The Day the Old West Stood Still is written by Barry Massoni and Rene Perez who also is the director. The acting is bad, it actually feels more like amateur theater than a feature flick. The camerawork and editing is good. The soundtrack isn´t very good. The action, fights and shoot outs, are badly staged and non-exciting if not outright boring. Sadly Alien Showdown: The Day the Old West Stood Still is as a whole is pretty boring and fails to engage me as a viewer. There´s no gore in this. The alien fx design is pretty nice although they seem very familiar and I can imagine that a large chunk of the budget went to the creature fx design team. There´s female topless nudity in this, from Gemma Donato and Nadia Lanfranconi.
Alien Showdown: The Day the Old West Stood Still is also known as Alien Predator War.
This review is based upon the german region 2 DVD release from HMH Hamburger Medien Haus, english audio is available.
Rating: 1 out of 7. Alien Showdown: The Day the Old West Stood Still is pretty bad and boring. The high light of the flick is the alien scout, a practical man in suit fx, but besides that there isn´t much to cheer about.