ATTACK OF THE UNKNOWN (2020) Reviews and overview


Attack of the Unknown is a 2020 American science fiction action horror feature film written and directed by Brandon Slagle (Crossbreed; House of Manson; Dead Sea), based on a storyline by producers Michael Mahal and Sonny Mahal (Art of the Dead; Bus Party to Hell). The Mahal Empire production stars Richard Grieco, Robert LaSardo and Douglas Tait. Tara Reid has another cameo role.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Attack of the Unknown is a decent action movie, and there were elements to it that I really liked. My main issue with it is the running time, as I felt that some dead air could have been whittled out of its 103 minutes. The action in the police department in the second half could have moved along a bit quicker.” Arrow in the Head


“The alien make-up isn’t the worst, but not that great either, especially with certain design specifics (tentacles!), CGI shots are used, and honestly, they really hurt the action scenes. Overall, Attack of the Unknown is a good time-killer for the genre fans, and those familiar with the mentioned names above…” BZ Film

Attack of the Unknown makes the viewer care just enough about the main characters, without becoming ham-fisted or a self-parody. It’s more action-heavy than some of the previous Mahal Empire productions, but that’s far from a black mark against this film. It’s entertaining, the characters are fun to watch, and the action sequences are intense without being too gritty or over-the-top.” Crypt Teaze

Attack of the Unknown is very dialogue-heavy to start, but once the ol’ bullet-ball gets rolling, it’s guns-a-blazing for the next 80 minutes. The film is action-packed but also contains moments of courage, sadness, and levity. Without giving anything away, the film’s ending is the perfect set-up for a sequel.” Horror Buzz

“Too much time is spent on the drama. First on the police sting on Hades; then on dealing with the death of a SWAT team member, then even revealing Vernon’s illness… There’s too much melodrama and not enough insane alien invasion story. As such Attack of the Unknown is a lot less fun than it should be. A film like this should be an action-adventure romp as cops take on aliens in massive gunfights.” Nerdly

” …this Mahal and Slagle team-up production features a worthwhile story seasoned with a touch of humor and a clever twist more sensible than M. Night’s H2O-vulnerable aliens attacking a planet full of water. Driven by outstanding performances by Grieco and LaSardo […] Attack of the Unknown is an ambitious, fun ride for indie lovers.” Pop Horror

Attack of the Unknown is a loaded slice of science fiction pizza pie. The movie, with its excellent handling of tension (and otherworldly aliens) thanks to cinematographer Michael Su, is endlessly satisfying as its cast brings the action – you know, “real cop sh*t” – and the drama  – as a mothership appears over Los Angeles and starts blowing things up – to life.” Reel Reviews

“Once the invaders finally get serious about attacking the police station Attack of the Unknown does become enjoyable. The aliens look like something out of a 50s film. And I mean that in the best sense of the term. There are some gooey effects and we even get a bit of action inside the alien craft itself […] At least twenty minutes of dialogue could have been cut and the film would have moved a lot faster.” Voices from the Balcony

Main cast and characters:

Tara Reid … Elizabeth
Richard Grieco … Vernon
Robert LaSardo … Miguel ‘Hades’ Aguirre
Douglas Tait … Maddox
Tasha Reign … Feature Dancer #1
Jolene Andersen … Hannah
Gerardo de Pablos … C-Los
Rome Romanne … Dead Detective
Mia ScozzaFave … Axel
J. Spencer … Detective Levinson
Dee Cutrone … Hysterical Woman
Robert Donavan … Weller
Kevin Hager … Vic Luther
Ben Stobber … Bjork
Scott Butler … Edmund / Alien #3
Dennyann Giambrone … Mayor Sarah Manning

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