Glenn Kenny
June 05, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alien Space Avenger

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
80 minutes
performer
Gina Mastrogiacomo, Robert Prichard
director
Richard W. Haines
distributor
A.I.P. Home Video
author
Richard W. Haines
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

This cheesy low-budget sci-fi flick packs more clever story-line twists in its first 40 minutes than about 20 B movies spliced together. To begin with, the escaped outer-space parasites pursued by the title character arrive on earth in the 1930s and take over the bodies of two hot-to-trot Depression-era couples, who hibernate for 50 years to avoid the intergalactic cop on their trail. But all the creative energy expended on the plot seems to have drained cowriter and director Richard W. Haines, given the movie’s erratic camera work, choppy pace, lousy dialogue, and overreliance on feminine-hygiene-product humor. Even junk-genre buffs will have to give Alien Space Avenger a lot of slack to appreciate its occasional virtues. C

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