Heading out deep into the wilderness, a group of friends trying to have fun at a secluded lake finds the area being stalked by a gigantic, monstrous alien intent on killing the world's population and must rely on the help of several demented locals to defeat the creature and get out alive. This here wasn't all that bad an effort. One of the finer points of this one is the fact that there's quite an impressive main alien setup to be the featured here. Not only does it get this right with the imposing size and incredibly deformed features that truly resonate as being otherworldly, this starts off on a great note in regards to the rest of the film where the creature is given even more to really enjoy here. From the continuous point-of-view shots of the creature stalking them in the woods to the ingenious weapon it has featured where it uses flying organic spheres like a frisbee to drink the blood of those it comes into contact with. This is an incredibly fun feature that adds a lot to the main alien as the overall package has plenty to like about it. As well, this one really has a lot to like with the fine action stalking here, from the multiple attacks on the hunters at the lake to the creature stalking the Boy Scouts by the river and the discovery of the dead bodies in the abandoned shack in the wilderness that clues everyone onto the proceedings happening around them. The attack in the forest is somewhat enjoyable with the flying creature emerging and the different antics needed to finally escape once they realize the characters been compromised which provides some decent action scenes. Even the finale offers some rather intriguing moments with the explosive resolution to end it and some minor suspense moments to battle the creature back. Alongside the stellar cheesiness of the characters trying to keep their stories straight, these here are what hold this one up over it's few minor flaws. The one big issue with the film is the rather overlong setups that is one has which tends to make it run a little longer than necessary. Way too many of the scenes here go on much longer than necessary and it drags the film's pacing and running time all out of proportion, starting with the opening attack on the hunters or the extended amount of time with the crazed gas- station owner which just drags this one out longer than it needs to. Even longer are scenes of the group panicking in the diner where it gets to everyone spending way too much time trying to determine if his story checks out so the story drags out a little further. Likewise, this one manages to keep the alien off-screen for much of the running time and basically has just the one scene at the end to really get to see it in full-on view despite the glimpses offered beforehand which fill in the blanks. It really could've used a few more scenes of it to really make an impact, and is what holds this one back. Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language and Nudity.
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An alien creature stalks human prey.
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April 10, 2019