- Nox 2019
Alien Party Crashers
Steve Dunayer, Alexandra London-Thompson, Craig Russell, Peter Stray, Dominique Dauwe (executive) for Maple Dragon Films
directed by Peter Stray
starring Craig Russell, Sheena Bhattessa, Richard Mylan, Aled Pugh, Rob Karma Robinson, Hannah Daniel, Robert Pugh, Kai Owen, Steve Meo, Robert Boulter, Tsilala Brock, Marc Rhys, Sophie Melville, Richard Corgan, Dominique Dauwe, Ceri Jones, Scott Barrow, Kevin McCurdy, Oliver Morgan-Thomas, Steve Dunayer, Laura Silber, Chelsea McCarthy, Le Hong Lien
written by Peter Stray, music by Marengast, special effects by Milk VFX
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An American secret gouvernment organisation headed by Miles Kendrick
(Rob Karma Robinson) has found some clues to an alien invasion - clues
that just don't make any sense, since it appears the aliens send humans
back in time to do ... what? But this all shouldn's concern DJ Steve any,
as he's about to rock a New Year's eve party in some obscure village in
Wales, UK, a party though that's supposed to be all important for his
portfolio, as he's been promised a large crowd - promised, but never
delivered, as he plays only for a handful of people - and then, a Massai
warrior crashes onto the roof of the venue, literally out of nowhere. And
I don't need to note here that Massai warriors aren't even native to
Wales, right? Anyway, that's the first sign that something's seriously
wrong, and that feeling is only augmented when a bunch of guys with claw
hands wearing yellow raincoats show up and start to kill people.
Fortunately, one of the guests at the rather small and intimate party is
Sunita (Sheena Bhattessa), an anthropologist who just happens to know
exactly what to do - and so, she, Steve and the other guests start to
fight back, with at least some success, as they happen to ward off the
weird intruders, but soon our heroes' numbers are down to four, Sunitra,
Steve, Sunitra's brother Nav (Richard Mylan) and local Ryan (Aled Pugh),
and it's now revealed that Sunitra is actually a field agent for Kendrick,
which is why she actually knew what to do, and knows that the men in
raincoats are actually cloned humans that are to be the advance party for
an alien invasion. But it's debatable how much good that knowledge will do
our heroes as claw-handed men in raincoats start to show up everywhere ...
Above everything else, Alien Party Crashers is just
good fun, as it doesn't take itself seriously at all: Sure, the basic
storyline is clichéed as heck, and not made any more original by the fact
that the alien invaders wear common yellow raincoats - but writer/director
Peter Stray quite obviously knew that, and turned it to the film's
advantage by winking at the audience at any twist and turn, without ever
turning purely moronic and while still telling an engaging genre story
with all the suspense, scares and gore in the right places. And or course,
a relateable cast of characters competently embodied by a fine ensemble
cast doesn't hurt much either.
In all, it might not be the re-invention
of the wheel, but it's fun for sure!