R.W. Goodwin's Alien Trespass tips its hat to the extraterrestrial films of yesteryear, taking cues from such cult classics as War of the Worlds, It Came from Outer Space and Forbidden Planet.
The plot centers on Dr. Ted Lewis (Eric McCormack), a benevolent meteorologist whose body is taken over by Urp, a metallic alien just in from outer space. Ted, an odd shadow of his old self (now speaking only in the third person), is on a mission to stop the Ghota: a veined, one-eyed blob terrorizing the quiet California desert town of Mojave. One by one, useless police chiefs, drunks, and innocent families dissolve into puddles — even the horny teenagers are scared out of making out. But hope emerges with an unlikely hero in Tammy (Jenni Baird), a local diner waitress with blonde hair and big dreams. With the guidance of Urp/Ted, the two succeed in neutralizing the Ghota. Our beloved heroes have rescued not only the town, but the world at large, from a liquid fate.
Shot in 15 days, the film pokes fun at the flicks of a simpler time, transporting its audience on a Technicolor adventure. Ever-rolling backgrounds (that continue to roll when the motion stops) inspire a nostalgic cheerfulness upon even the most reluctant viewers. The panoply of overwrought stereotypes — the hefty sheriff, the frightened virgin, the eager-to-please wife — are played to perfection.