Maybe the idea is to alienate the viewer? I’m not really sure. One thing is for sure, however: Fred Olen Ray is no stranger to schlock. He should get a medal for taking the most ridiculous concepts and making them into movies because he deserves it. I know that sounds preposterous, but the fact that he has managed to make a living off of ideas such as chainsaw-wielding hookers, a cartoon character who lusts for the blood of nubile young women, and an gynoid who stops at nothing to carry out an execution shows is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, it’s not every day you come across a movie that isn’t afraid to revel in its ridiculousness, even if the overall quality leaves something to be desired. But hey, that’s Ray for you.
While the plot isn’t anything special, this isn’t without its entertaining moments. One that comes to mind is when the hunters are warned by game warden about hunting in the preserve area. Since their interaction is intended to be humorous, it doesn’t disappoint. That isn’t to say that their dialogue is memorable, but because the warden points out the hunters’ questionable methods of capturing animals — such as using a bear trap to catch a rabbit — you’d be hard-pressed not to laugh. It is just one of the few instances of comic relief that, while the tone never becomes bleak, it serves as a reprieve from the action.
In terms of action, most of it consists of gunplay. Although it isn’t particularly fast-paced, the Alienator’s penchant for destruction can’t be denied is balanced well with the opposition that she faces from Rick, Colonel Coburn, and the warden as they defend the cabin. It isn’t much more than your firearms at the ready scenario, but if I were ever in a situation where I knew someone with an arsenal that could give an invader a run for its money, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would take shelter. I would also make sure that there’s plenty of chicken wire just in case.
While there’s no denying that this is cheesy, it’s just so much fun. If you go in expecting that, you’ll have a good time.
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