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Anyone Got Mulder's Number? "Extraterrestrial" Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 15, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 15, 2014 |

Hey! A low-budget genre film that is neither subtle indie far nor torture porn. I thought those were extinct! We’ve got the trailer for Extraterrestrial here, which doesn’t exactly get extra points for creativity in naming. I guess Science Fiction Film was already taken by another one.

In any case, the movie is getting a VOD release on October 17th. VOD stands for “Video on Demand”, which I have to look up every single time I come across it even though it really is a trivial acronym. It’s a strange term though because one would think that “Video on Demand” would mean something that you could immediately get when you demanded it, but it actually means that you navigate some arcane menu that you never remember you have on your television, figure out that it costs enough money to make Blockbuster blush in its grave, and then you just wait until it happens to pop up on Netflix in a few months.

Here’s the obligatory plot summary:

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Christ, that’s so derivative it would be plagiarism if they could identify a single film it came from. As it is, it seems like they just cut and pasted the plot of about twelve other movies. How’s the trailer look, anything unique there?

Yeah, no. I mean once you’ve got Michael Ironsides and that guy from Ally McBeal, you’ve got to embrace the camp or you’re just wasting everybody’s time.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.