Well, Playstation Network is still down. Guess I’ll post a review.
Alien Vs. Hunter is yet another “mockbuster” spewed forth from the semi-competent minds of The Asylum. Much like Alien Vs. Predator, this movie features a monstrous alien running amok while a stoic, armor-clad humanoid alien hunter chases it. A ragtag group of humans are caught up in the middle of it all and neither of the titular forces at work could care less about collateral damage. You might ask how this film differs at all from the major motion picture. Among other things, the obvious difference is overall quality.
For quite a few years now, The Asylum has been getting their jollies by making mediocre, half-assed attempts at B-movies and then giving them titles that sound quite similar to major motion pictures. This strategy has served them well as they have not lost any money in producing these low-budget doppelgangers. For the most part, AVH feels like it’s about 53 minutes too long. There are over a dozen characters thrown into this mess and while some of them seem engaging, absolutely no thought went into the majority of them. That’s fine if you plan on killing most of them, but there’s nothing particularly clever or ironic about the death scenes in this film as opposed to other B-movies or horror films that operate on the same formula.
Aside from what was expected in the way of acting and writing, one major problem is the CGI. In the early days of its inception, computer-generated imagery was meant as a substitute for hokey spaceships on strings and monster puppets; it was meant to provide more realism to a scene. When CGI is done right it can be quite convincing, but AVH (as well as many other Asylum productions) does it terribly. The existence of an alien arachnid is rendered even MORE unbelievable when it appears in the film and it almost feels like you’re watching an old Sinbad the Sailor film, at times.
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