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Atomic Spitballs (2005)

  Directed by: Brett Anstey
Written by: Brett Anstey, Russell Friedrich
Links: Official site
Genre: Sci-Fi

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Classic 50's sci-fi parody" - a review by timchuma

Set in 1950's small town America, this movie follows our hero as he tries to convince his friends about the impending invasion of communist aliens that are after his sideburns.

Even if you have only seen short clips or poster art from any 1950's science fiction movie, you will know how this movie goes. For added effect, it is shot in black and white, and much like The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001), it has its own 'vision' to describe the cinematography.

The set-up of Daddy-O's diner is quite well done, and the costumes, sets and locations all look very authentic.

The actors play it straight, which makes for some funny scenes, like the main protagonist trying to narrate a flashback sequence while still chewing on a burger. The woman who played the girlfriend of the main character looked familiar for some reason.

The aliens are like every bad science fiction movie you have seen rolled up into one film. This is a good thing, as it adds to the authenticity. There is some CGI used for the alien special effects (like the car chase and alien brain), but it blends in well, especially as it is in black and white.

As I have a big box set of bad science fiction movies at home, I really enjoyed this movie. Even if you aren't really into the genre, I would still recommend it as a well done comedy piece.

If you are wondering where the 'atomic spitball' reference in the title comes from, it features in a bad old movie called The Giant Claw (1957): "That bird is extraterrestrial, it comes from outer space. From some Godforsaken antimatter galaxy millions and millions of light years from the Earth.".

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 30 Mar 2005

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