THE VARROW MISSION (1978) Reviews and overview

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TeenAlien

‘Your best friend could be out of this world.’

The Varrow Mission – re-released as TeenAlien – is a 1978 American science fiction horror feature film directed by Peter Semelka from a screenplay written by Ed and Sherma Yeates. The movie stars Vern Adix, Michael Dunn, Keith Nelson, Dan Harville, Mike McClure, Judy Richards.

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Plot:

Local teenagers are holding a Halloween party at a supposedly “haunted” old mill, but find out that one of the partygoers who is dressed as an alien is actually a real alien…

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Reviews:

“It’s a competently made number with lots of youngsters strolling around (some in costumes) and investigating a creepy place. The Close Encounter scenes and talk of UFO-ish legends add some extra promise of threat. Nothing much happens and, at the end, it feels like we’ve watched the pilot for a show that never went to series, with the Varrow getting in different adventures every week.” Bleeding Skull!

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TeenAlien is an incredibly amateur production. Most of the teen actors got their parts through winning a local radio contest … It’s not as Halloween themed as you’d hope (for the ultimate Halloween related fun, check out The Midnight Hour), but it’s a relatively brisk sci-fi/horror mash-up with a couple absolutely hilarious moments.” VHS Sh*tfest

“This is long and slow-paced, and sometimes tedious, but I liked it. I think it’s a nostalgia thing, especially since in the 70s movies actually required money and effort, unlike now when anyone with a camera and computer can put out their own movie.” Haunted Monkey Paw Island

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