ALIEN OUTBREAK (2020) Reviews and overview

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‘The deadliest plague has come from above’
Alien Outbreak is a 2020 British science fiction horror film about an alien invasion in an isolated rural community.

Written and directed by Neil Rowe (Robot World), the Rendered Pictures production stars Katherine Drake, Ritchie Crane, Philip Alexander Baker and Michael Terry.

Plot:
A small rural community is quarantined by an alien presence. Local police officers Zoe and Patrick battle through the night to take control as they become cut off from the outside world. Residents begin to behave strangely and mass panic spreads throughout…

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Reviews:
“I liked that it has a very claustrophobic and dark look, which befits the end of the world nature of the story. The mechanical devices the alien uses and the main humanoid one appear quite otherworldly. It’s an effective film and just by virtue of its effects, it stands above the majority of most direct to streaming movies.” B & S About Movies

“The cast is small and well-led by Zoe (Katherine Drake) and Patrick (Ritchie Crane) and well supported by a few other good performances in a competent display of mysterious horror sci-fi where at any point I was waiting for the TARDIS to land and save me, but it doesn’t and this cracker of a film left me on a cliffhanger feeling sort of fulfilled but without any real answers.” Horrorscreams Videovault

“Rowe introduces a twist at the final act that’s pretty clever as it puts the events in a different light. It feels a little too late by the time Rowe makes this revelation. Alien Outbreak has some promise and Rowe does his best with limited resources, but it’s not enough to make the film worth checking out for anyone but the most die-hard sci-fi fans.” Lyles Movie Files

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“There’s a novel twist that ends Alien Outbreak on a high note however, just before that, the film’s last third feels like a misstep after the relentless tension of the first hour […] Otherwise this is a strong UK entry in the alien invasion subgenre that will please those with a modicum of film-sense that doesn’t always think bigger budget films are always better.” My Bloody Reviews

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“With dimly lit locations and very fierce situations leading the way, Alien Outbreak is a brutal and very personal look at a fictional alien invasion. If Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds went large, this one goes small and hits just as hard with capable filmmaking and very tight sequences.” Reel Reviews

Release:
High Octane Pictures will release Alien Outbreak On Demand and DVD on February 28, 2020. Order from Amazon.com

Cast and characters:
Katherine Drake … Sergeant Zoe Norris
Ritchie Crane … Patrick
Philip Alexander Baker … Mitchell
Michael Terry … Dale
Ian Rowe … Freddie
Chris Barnicoat … Steve
Peggy Salmon … Mrs Peters
Tom Menary … Mr Roberts
Jason Collins … PC Mathews
Aaron Deakins … Robbie
Gemma Wilks … Sarah
Jimmy ‘The Bee’ Bennett … Armed response officer
Tamsyn Pickford … Comms
Andrew Horigan … Male train passenger
Ben Carroll … Train passenger

Filming locations:

The Barn, Old Sowtontown
Dartmoor National Park
Great Hound Tor Camping Barn, Dartmoor
Longhouse Farm, Widdecombe-in-the-Moor
Pym Valley Railway
River Garden Cottage, Buckfastleigh, Devon
Warren House Inn, Dartmoor

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