Alien Intruder (1993): The 62 Miles High Club

Matty’s moment of appreciation for the attention holding, two-outta-five charm of an atypical PM Entertainment programmer.

“I had a ball on Alien Intruder. I played this alien who is just the epitome of evil. I lure these people in and destroy them. I come to every man and I know his weakness and I appeal to that weakness and seduce him. It was really fun. Throughout the whole movie, the audience wonders why she is doing this. It’s funny because, at the end, you find out that she is just an asshole! It’s actually very witty. I have a love scene with Maxwell Caulfield, which was strange because for two years on [TV show] The Colbys I had played his twin sister. Once you’ve established that relationship, of brother and sister, it was really rather kinky and not all that unpleasant. There’s a line at the end of the movie when Maxwell turns to me and asks, “Why did you help me? Why did you save my life?” I look really philosophical and say, “I don’t know. I guess I just liked you best.” The part was just really far out!”

Tracy Scoggins there, as quoted in the pages of Femme Fatales [1], and what else can be added to such a succinct — albeit spoilery — summary? It captures the essence of ALIEN INTRUDER perfectly.

A fairly atypical, mood-driven flick from the more action-oriented PM Entertainment stable, Alien Intruder is a pleasing, time-killing potpourri of robust sci-fi, mild horror, and gentle T&A. Caulfield toplines as an incarcerated spaceship navigator who, along with a bunch of other lags, is recruited by Lando Calrissian Billy Dee Williams, Dirty Dozen (1967) style, to tow an errant vessel drifting around deep space. If this highly dangerous mission succeeds, Caulfield and co. will earn their freedom — and to sweeten the deal, Williams grants the motley crew access to the Aphrodite Program in their downtime, a sexy VR kinda thing developed to meet every carnal need imaginable. However, there’s a gremlin in the system — Scoggins’ aforementioned alien — and soon Caulfield and the rest of Williams’ rag-tag team are turning against each other as the slinky extraterrestrial babe hops from fantasy to fantasy, promising lust and love in exchange for assorted (low-budget) mayhem.

Enhanced by Summer Swann’s natty, done-on-a-shoestring space-junk production design, the atmospheric Alien Intruder is directed with meat n’ potatoes efficiency by Corman graduate Ricardo Jacques Gale (the cinematographer of icky bug shocker The Nest (1988) and sequel-spawning biff-’em-up Bloodfist (1989)). An ugly-looking biker skit aside, the remaining fantasies — a black and white noir lampoon, a western pastiche, and Caulfield’s sleek, erotic thriller-ish vignette — are mostly well realised, and, as Scoggins stated in the above-noted quote, PM regular Nick Stone’s [2] script exhibits a certain sense of raillery and shrewdness in how said fantasies link with the cast’s speech-bubble characterisations. Scoggins and Caulfield’s see-sawing interactions are the standout acting-wise, though Williams submits a nice, gusto-laden performance that flies in the face of him likely only being there to cash a paycheque. Jeff Conaway also appears in a lively, story-setting preamble.

USA ● 1993 ● Sci-Fi ● 90mins

Maxwell Caulfield, Tracy Scoggins, Billy Dee Williams ● Dir. Ricardo Jacques GaleWri. Nick Stone

[1] Tracy Scoggins: Seductress, Demonic Toy Terminator, Superman’s Spellbinder by Dan Scapperotti, Femme Fatales, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1994
[2] Stone’s PM credits include: Bikini Summer (1991), Sunset Strip (1993) with Alien Intruder’s Jeff Conaway, Magic Kid II (1994), and thirteen episodes of L.A. Heat.

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