High energy and low humor make for a giddy ride in “Evil Aliens.” Splat-stick comedy about nasty E.T.’s facing off against equally crass humans reps a big leap for helmer Jake West, whose sophomore feature (following the 1998 “Razor Blade Smile”) will make him an instant hero among horror geeks. Cross-over to mainstream auds is iffier, since pic’s humor is less critically-approved “Shaun of the Dead” ilk and more the gore-soaked, MPAA-problematic stripe defined by the original “Evil Dead” and Peter Jackson’s “Dead Alive.” Specialized theatrical play is likely, with long afterlife guaranteed as a rental, home purchase, and midnight-movie item.
Prologue sets the tone as a not particularly attractive couple vigorously copulating in an open field is disturbed by unwelcome visitors. Captive on a spaceship, duo undergoes most invasive procedures, notably an anal probe that all by itself assures “Evil Aliens” a chilly reception from the MPAA.
Meanwhile, low ratings dog Michelle Fox (Emily Booth), Elvira-like hostess of TV tabloid skein “Weird World.” Given one last chance by her producer, she seizes on a newspaper story about a woman, Cat Williams, who claims to have been abducted and impregnated by space critters.
Michelle assembles her usual crew: cameraman Ricky (Sam Butler) and his stoner sound guy Jack (Peter McNeil O’Connor); two actors for a “reenactment,” tart Candy (Jodie Shaw) and flaming queen Bruce (Nick Smithers); plus Gavin (Jamie Honeybourne), a pimply uber-nerd brought along to be the on-camera “expert.”
Most of them expect this latest scoop to be another case of fraud or delusion. Their spirits sink upon realizing destination is a single-family, pub-free farming peninsula off the Welsh coast that becomes inaccessible at high tide.
The Williams clan is as inbred as they come, with three near-feral grown brothers who refuse to speak English living in a farmhouse decorated “Texas Chainsaw”-style. Lone sister Cat (Jennifer Evans) is friendlier and stubbornly clings to her story that her advanced pregnancy resulted from an alien abduction just a few days ago and that her missing boyfriend died a horrible death on the spaceship.
Brisk pace turns into frantic nonstop action fairly early on, with expletive-riddled campy dialogue, shameless sexploitation (a human dweeb-meets-alien dominatrix interlude recalls “Team America’s” notorious marionette-porn), good if obvious CGI effects, and mass quantities of over-the-top gore ensuring viewers will be convulsed by either laughter or disgust.
Many in-joke refs to genre classics and conventions, not to mention the extreme violence/sex content, make it clear that West is pitching pic strictly to the faithful. It would be a pity if cuts were made to pull “Evil Aliens” back from “unrated” territory, since its bad-taste excess is the whole joke.
There are moments when crudity trumps bonhomie — that shrieking gay character is too close to’60s comedy-relief stereotypes, for instance — but feature moves too fast to pall more than one fleeting moment at a time.
Allowing for a certain deliberate cheesiness, modestly budgeted effort is pretty much aces on all tech and design levels. Perfs are suitably enthusiastic; subtlety is not on the agenda here.