Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Flesh Eating Ghouls From Outer Space

It is a definite mark of lowered standards that I am rating this film so high, but after such a lengthy string of terrible films from this set, I’m just happy to be finally watching another one that is nonawful, and which has the added bonus of being quite short, clocking in at a mere 18 minutes. It also has a fairly unique visual appeal, having the honor of being the first (and almost certainly only) puppet show in the entire collection.

Basically a mild parody of old science fiction monster movies (or at least in the same vein as the space alien movies from the Simpsons), this follows the bloody invasion of a group of deadly alien monsters that terrorize the world while everyone sings. We mostly focus on the monsters themselves, as the human characters tend to appear and get gobbled up pretty quickly. There’s a trailer trash couple that provide the first meal for our two aliens (there might possibly be more, but only two ever show up at once), a mother and daughter that obsess over Twinkies, and a dashing news reporter out to expose the invasion as a government cover-up. None of them matter, really, except to provide further victims, but they serve their purpose for the time they’re all given.

I don’t know what else to say about this, really. It goes in, does its own thing, and then leaves before I can really care one way or the other. It’s certainly not “good”, per se, nowhere close to the level of a Meet the Feebles or Twisted Puppet Theater (to grab at the only other demented puppet shows I’ve seen), but it’s better than a lot of the films in this set, so at least it’s got that.

Rating: * ½

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