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USA 2020
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Rickey Bird jr, Rachel Bird, Jason Sanders, John R. Blythe, Leonard McLeod II, Jonathan Boda (executive), Jessica M. Boda (executive) for Hectic Films
directed by Rickey Bird jr
starring Theoden Wuillamey, Kyle Palla, James Duval, Kelli Maroney, Chess Maxwell, Thomas Brill, Jake Thoene, D.T. Carney, Mike Hart, Danny Spanks, Rickey Bird jr, Matt Pelishek, Aaron Pearlman, Jarad Mann, Orlando J. Gomez, Patrick Spurlock, Jesse Lowe, Hermie, Brianna Young, Brent Van Tassel, Brad Taylor, Dave Moton, Michael Prince, George the Giant, Aaron Novak, Erica Rey, Rickey Bird 3, Mychael Bird, Jason Sanders, Seggan Sanders, Kingston Sanders, Corbett Sanders
written by Rickey Bird jr, music by Aaron Novak, songs by Ghost Coast Productions, visual effects by Jason Sanders, alien design and puppetry by Nick Reisinger

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Bakersfield, CA, 1997: The new shocker Killer Vampires has just been released on video, and young Jason (Theoden Wuillamey) can't wait to get it from the local video store - there's just one problem, he's much too young to rent it, and storeclerk Chess (Chess Maxwell) has a watchful eye on him. Good thing then that FBI agent Thomas (James Duval) storms in out of nowhere, with a briefcase containing something that seems to be alive, and he commandeers the place - giving Jason  an opportunity to slip the tape under his coat and make a swift getaway. At his friend Rickey's (Kyle Palla) house he wants to immediately watch the tape, but then they get distracted by a newsreport about UFO sightings in the area, that seem to have to do at least something with agent Thomas, a report that gains a lot in urgency when out of the blue Rickey's mother (Kelli Maroney) is abducted by aliens - and suddenly the boys realize to get Rickey's mother back, they need to go back to the video store to try and get in touch with agent Thomas. But there's much more to the story than they can even imagine ...

 

Basically a fun throwback to the 90s when video stores still reigned supreme and the internet was something for conspiracy theorists mostly (as pointed out in a subplot). And what makes this movie work so well is that it really stays true to the era, not only in terms of story that borrows heavily from science fiction movies from back when but also in terms of looks and effects (mostly practical from miniature work to puppetry), and does so without any post-modern snarkiness, making this one very good fun to watch.

 

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