Atomic scientist Dr. Lamonte (Campbell Scott, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Singles) goes to an isolated town for research. While there he meets some very strange people--some local, some not of this world. Soon, bodies start turning up as Lamonte and the people of the town try to figure out who, or what, is killing and eating the small town denizens. This sci-fi comedy is a spoof of alien/creature features of the 1950’s and it one of the quirkiest films I have ever seen. Scott is absolute gold as the clueless scientist, and Fiona Loewi gives a very strong performance as the dreamy Sandy Fawkes, a girl who falls for Lamonte. Honestly, you could throw everything else in this movie out and it would be worth watching just to see Scott and Loewi.
However, there is plenty more to enjoy here, from a very witty and, at times, laugh out loud funny script, wonderfully cheesy special effects, and, of course, the aliens. This Canadian movie, known as Invasion! on the U.S. DVD, came out in 2000 and I hate that I never heard of it before now. If you get this movie and understand what they are doing with it (I did), and if you are a fan of 1950’s sci-fi movies (I am), you will probably love this film (as I did).
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9