Even though our fearless leader Brad Miska really didn’t enjoy ExtraterrestrialOctober 17th and theaters November 21st.
“It’s a very large alien abduction film, and a bigger more ambitious project than Grave Encounters. We made for 3 million bones, wanted to make a giant sci fi epic. Practically every aspect of the production was a challenge, but it’s a 3 million dollar movie that looks like a 40 million movie.”
The Vicious Brothers then sat down as Michael Ironside arrived to uproarious applause.
Ironside spoke really highly of the film. (Despite clearly not having seen a finished version) He said it pushes the boundaries of the genre. He urged the audience to “see it or steal it.”
The Vicious Brothers talked honoring the alien mythology that they love. Inspired through a love of The X-Files. They compare the story to Cabin in the Woods. Brittney Allen talked about her process in joining the film, and the strong independent female role that spoke to her in the script. She talked about the challenge and draw of tackling a film about “aliens outside the door.” She’s all smiles as she talks about the role. Michael Ironside interjects and speaks really highly of her.
Ironside talks about working with a script from emerging filmmakers. He gets about 4-5 scripts a week, and said most of them fall apart in the second act. He read “Extraterrestrial” twice in one sitting. Said they took the genre conventions of alien abductions and exploded them outward. He really enjoyed working with the Vicious Brothers. Although he got an insane infection on the first day of shooting and just “went with it.”
And we could really tell as they showcased his character’s introduction scene to the audience. Ironside’s eccentric character is found in his cluttered home, rambling about the peace treaty the American government signed with aliens. It has a great B-movie sensibility and a generally humorous tone.
For The Vicious Brothers a dream came true when they filmed Michael Ironside holding a machine gun. They finished the panel talking about how they broke the rules and conventions of the genre. They love to twist because they retain final cut as independent producers. They are able to make crazier choices, and play with audience expectations.
“Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.“
Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trilogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).