Colin Minihan’s “Extraterrestrial” is a sorely underappreciated, grisly and impressively mean-spirited little number. Mind you, that’s not to suggest that it’s a gem or an underrated masterpiece, but it’s an effective, entertaining entry in the “bloodthirsty creatures loose in the woods” subgenre that replaces woodland creatures with man-eating aliens. In some ways, it plays like a slasher, following the formula rather fastidiously and delivering stronger-than-expected results. Like many slashers and creature features, it’s hard to connect much with the characters because they’re barely developed, but really, no one watching these types of B-horror movies is looking for an emotionally stimulating experience worthy of, say, Ingmar Bergman: We’re watching them to see how it manages (or fails) to get under our skin, and as far as that’s concerned, this one’s a winner. It should end maybe a solid 10ish minutes before it actually does, but even so, that’s a minor drawback for such an unexpectedly enjoyable slasher/creature feature hybrid.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)