What if the virtual reality concept from TOTAL RECALL were integrated into the ALIEN series, so that the nastiest monster in outer space turned out to be your own libido? ALIEN INTRUDER is proof that the idea isn't nearly as promising as it sounds. The film interrupts the build-up of
terror for numerous sexy fantasy sequences, and the result neither frightens nor titillates; it's "The Outer Limits" redone for the Playboy Channel.
What has happened to the crews of all those exploratory vessels lost in space? Why is astronaut Dorman (Jeff Conaway) shooting up his comrades while lusting after Ariel (Tracy Scoggins), a video playmate fantasy? Determined to stop the slaughter in space, Commander Skyler (Billy Dee Williams), a
survivor of a mutiny in the cosmos, recruits four life-term convicts with nothing to lose to follow him into deep space to solve the mysterious deaths.
The desperate prisoners include Nick (Maxwell Caulfield), a free-thinker who resents authority, D.J. (Richard Cody), a computer wiz, Peter (Stephen Davies), a high-strung engineer, and Lloyd (Gary Roberts), a loud-mouthed demolition expert. In exchange for their freedom, they enlist in this
top-secret mission to retrieve a crewless freighter. However, in space, apparently, someone (a wily Alien) can hear you dream. A perk of the dangerous star-trekking is that the four men get virtual reality weekends in which they can relax with the dream-doll of their choice. What no one except
Skyler realizes is that Ariel the Alien plans to invade and control each of their recreational dream states. Cunningly she replaces herself as the sex object in each fantasy so that the lusting fellows strike out at each other. In the climactic fracas, the unhinged Skyler reveals he only undertook
this mission to return to his Alien wet dream. Skyler murders D.J. and Peter, a wounded Lloyd triggers an explosive device that will blow up the ship, and finally Nick eradicates Skyler and boards an earthbound escape pod. Unfortunately, Ariel stows away on Nick's getaway vehicle.
An ingenious science-fiction fabulist might have mined thrills from this intertwining of a sexual theme park fantasy and a standardized lost-in-space odyssey. But in ALIEN INTRUDER, the sex gimmick just adds clutter to a haphazardly written action picture. Ripping off THE DIRTY DOZEN adds little
to the film's texture, because the convicts' individualized skills only occasionally advance the plot, and ALIEN INTRUDER avoids all the complex implications of its virtual reality scenario in favor of a sort of high school rumble, in which adolescent jerks fight about who's going to take the
cheerleader to the prom. Additionally, the virtual reality sequences are a shoddily-photographed mixed bag, played for broad humor and both too long and poorly integrated into the central salvage mission story line. This silly action movie goes where so many science-fiction movies have gone
before; it's woefully unimaginative sex play jazzed up with the accoutrements of speculative fiction. (Extensive nudity, extensive profanity, graphic violence.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: R
- Review: What if the virtual reality concept from TOTAL RECALL were integrated into the ALIEN series, so that the nastiest monster in outer space turned out to be your own libido? ALIEN INTRUDER is proof that the idea isn't nearly as promising as it sounds. The fil… (more)