Friday, February 6, 2009

TERMINAL INVASION

One of the better SciFi Channel Original movies has finally made it to DVD after seven years (!), with director Sean S. Cunningham’s (FRIDAY THE 13TH, DEEP STAR SIX) 2002 saga of alien invaders trapped at a small mountain airport during a blizzard.

It’s a typical "siege" horror film, with a bit of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING tossed in, as and escaped convict (Bruce Campbell, EVIL DEAD, MY NAME IS BRUCE) and a pulchritudinous pilot (STAR TREK: DS9’s Chase Masterson) attempt to unmask the evil extraterrestrial bug-uglies and survive the night. Cunningham’s direction is solid, the performances are better than average for a made-for-cable thriller – Campbell, as usual, shines in his unusually amoral role – and the monsters are pretty cool, too. Gotta love guys in suits!

Image Entertainment presents TERMINAL INVASION as part of its "SciFi Channel Essentials" line with a beautiful 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, and Dolby Digital stereo. There’s a commentary by director Cunningham and producer Chuck Simon (sadly, Campbell doesn’t participate), and a brief alien costume screen test.

It’s a lot of fun, and definitely worth checking out.

BUY: Terminal Invasion