ALIEN AWAKENING aka ALIEN INVASION (2020) Review of Chinese Lovecraftian monster movie

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Alien Awakening is a 2020 Chinese science-fiction horror film about a quantum mechanics experiment that unleashes Cthulhu-inspired monsters. Also known as Alien Invasion and original title 异兽觉醒

Directed by Lin Yunxiang (Mermaid School Flower) and starring Zheng Xitong, Wang Yiqi, Xu Shaoxiong, Luo Yingjun and Lou Xuexian. Produced by Feng Xiao.

Private detective Xu Siwei accepts Yang Lin’s invitation to investigate the disappearance of his father Yang Dong via quantum mechanics experiments. The two of them explore the laboratory but inadvertently enter another world before arriving in the mysterious town of Seamore.

There, they visit a gruesome ancient mansion and a mysterious mental hospital. As a swaying portable oil lamp illuminates the shadowy panic and anxiety, the sound of approaching footsteps heralds the danger that is near Chichi. The secretly dusted ancient oil paintings contain hidden past and answers in the science fiction world…

“It mixes elements of Lovecraft, though not any of his actual works, with a detective and femme fatale out of a film noir. There are giant monsters and humanoid aliens that wield chainsaws when needed and a secret society keeping their presence on Earth hidden […] It’s a fun, fast-paced way to kill ninety minutes.”4 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony


The movie premiered on October 27th 2020 on the IQiyi channel.


More Chinese monster movies:

Abyssal Spider
Alien Awakening aka Alien Invasion
Alien Monsters
Big Octopus
Big Shark Attack
The Blood Alligator
Bloodthirsty Spider
Bugs 3D
Chang’an Fog Monster
Cockroach Tide
Crazy Spider
Crocodile Island
Death Worm
Dragon Pond Monster
Escape from the Shark’s Mouth
Giant Crocodile
Giant Python
Giant Spider
Horror Shark
Huge Shark
Insect Disaster
Invisible Alien
Iron Blood Guard
Junkrat Train aka Rat Disaster
Killer Bee Invasion
Killer Shark
Land Shark
Mega Crocodile
Monster 731
Monster Attack
Monster Island
Monster of Lake Heaven
Monsters (2015)
Monty Python
Monty Python 2
Mutant Hydra
Mutation on Mars
Rage Centipede
Sand Python Siege
Sea Monster
Snake Girl
Snake King (2020)
Snake King (2021)
Snow Monster
Varanus Priscus
Variation Hydra
We Are Werewolves

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