Altered (2006)

altered_2006 movie posterI wasn’t going to review this movie because I figured it would be awful. I put it on as background noise while I wrote another review. (Hearing screams inspires me…kidding… kind of. ) But I kept watching… maybe this has some potential. Since it was directed by Eduardo Sanchez (director of The Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly), I decided to give it a chance.

The acting is very below average, but not so bad that I want to scratch my eyes out. The characters themselves are kind of interesting. Three hillbilly friends capture an alien and bring it to their more level-headed friend, Wyatt. Paranoid, Wyatt warns the friends that they better take the thing back to where it came from otherwise all the other ones will show up.

altered 2006 sceneA back story is revealed that the four friends, fifteen years ago, were abducted by these things and were labeled as crazy liars. Now, Wyatt must rip the stomach open of the alien to remove a bug/tracker-looking device that renders it silent. Wyatt knows how to do this because he had one himself at one point, and has the massive scar to prove it. This creature is wrapped-up pretty good, so the audience doesn’t know what it looks like yet. Little peaks of green skin, sharp teeth, and growling had me slightly captivated.

During the struggle, one friend gets bitten. It is spreading inside him as his skin starts turning grey and rotting. He is freaking out because he doesn’t want to be a lab rat again. This is how Timmy, the fifth friend, died fifteen years ago. It ate him from the inside out. The alien gets free when they are containing the contaminated friend. And now they are cooped up in this house with an alien roaming free, trying to figure out what to do next. They can’t kill the thing because the others would wipe out the entire human race. They’ve come back for Wyatt because he has something that they want.

Altered 2006 alienThe idea of this film is better than the finished product. I started losing interest the last 25 minutes when they started fighting the creature. The filmmakers should have kept some mystery with the alien because the effects are pretty tawdry. I would not watch this movie again, but I wouldn’t say it was a complete waste of time either. The script is actually good with some pleasant twists and turns for the sci-fi/horror genre. I think a little more seriousness, different casting, and some major revamping to the ending would have done the trick. But hey, at least it’s not a found footage film.

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