However, time came when I had to actually watch the whole thing, all the way through. Know what? The movie got me thinking a lot. Thoughts of some philosophical fancy dominated my mind for quite some time, and the way it lingered yielded some agreeable insights, not unlike the feeling linked to nostalgia. Although this could easily be ascribed to a lot of factors inherent to my own experiences, there are a few that warrant special attention:
- The setting is in a backwoods town in England. I was used to movies based around country life to be set in some backwater town in Florida, Delaware, Georgia or even Australia (as of the time of this writing I used these examples with the following movies in mind: The Alien Dead Redneck Zombies, Squirm and Canetoads.)
- The lesbian couple seems genuine and the established relationship proves to have a life of its own: Jessica (the most attractive of the duo) is very dependent on her partner and seems at times even unable to care for herself should she be left alone. The other is the dominant partner in the relationship and her dominance might have been forged by her more masculine deportment. She takes a more active part in running the house and attending to most of the chores. She might even have been in charge of teh shopping but I guess that was hardly the case because as stated before, that is a town concealed deep in the woods.
- The antagonist is an alien vampire man who happens to impinge upon the lesbian couple's peaceful world. He's a murderous being out to slay all who stay in his way to world conquering. Most of the film he's displayed under teh guise of a simple man who is good at sporting a blank expression while he's not excited. But when his biological needs dictate, he can turn feral and slaughter even the most powerless creatures that happen to be within his angle of vision. He feeds on those he kills, humans and beasts alike. None are spared. Yet, despite being an alien and therefore having scarce knowledge about humans, it's clear that he can sense that he's the odd one out and due to this a bother to the two homosexual females. He acts meekly and pretends to be lost in order to receive some relief from them. But what makes the bulk of the movie is that it remains unclear whether the alien has feelings for the more attractive partner of the couple or he's just biding his time. But the latter seems unlikely as he doesn't look like he's plotting something serious after all. He does relay information to the command ship now and then. But it's impossible to draw this conclusion from reading his face and then we realise there's nothing to see there. It's dead.
- Joe ,the other partner, is constantly jealous of anyone who can take her woman. This is shown from some tidbits throughout the movie, including the way she looks askew at the alien male and how Jessica's previous boyfriend was disposed of. Actually this happens before the movie starts. We gather that it was Joe who carried out the hit based on Jessica's conclusion.
Okay, onward to the plot. It all starts with Jessica waking up from a bright light that floods her room. She runs over to her partner (they sleep in separate quarters) to procure some comfort. The next day we are introduced to movie's antagonist, an alien form outer space who quickly picks off an unsuspecting young couple nearby. He assumes the identity of the male moiety of the unit and makes his way further into the thicket. He happens upon two cops who wander through and kill them as well. Soon, the lesbians find him at their property. He seems to be disoriented and pretends to be limping so they can help. Weird that, despite his limping they offer him water. A crutch might have been more appropriate, but still.... They take him inside despite Joe's protests. Even this early in the film she already shows a jealous streak in her. Jessica seems more comfortable with teh alien's company. Maybe their life hadn't been so peaceful after all.
The alien displays some kinky behaviour during the movie's course. He's rather obsessed with Jessica's parrot: Wally. Whenever he's given teh chance of being left alone he makes a go at it. The plot comes to a staggering halt at this point. A lot of things happen and none of them contribute to the movie. Of notice is Joe's chagrin at the chickens' sudden demise and how she wrongly blames a furtive fox for the killing. The three of them set out on a hunt, she aims for the fox, takes a 10-yard shot and misses it. She protests loudly, even cussing the foreign allien that he's of no help. She just wants to get her revenge at all costs. The alien (let's just call him Anders from now on) decides to redeem himself for having behaved like a vague lump of flesh and kills the fox and takes it home, much to Joe's delight.
Another quirk of this movie is that they are so happy for the successful hunt they decide to stage a party. Now I believe that having a party should have a good reason behind it. Killing a simple fox because some silly moo thought it was accountable for killing teh chickens is not among them. What if was another fox? The party is complete with cake, dancing and champagne. They didn't invite anybody it's only the three of them to partake of the soiree.
Which causes one to wonder what if there was no intruding alien thrusted upon the perfect world comprised of Jessica and Joe? It hints at them either being outright recluses or living secluded from everywhere else. It's unclear what their status quo is as the movie evolves only around these 3 characters confined to that one house which is the dwelling of the humans. Nowhere else they go for the remainder of the film.
Anyway the party mood is ideal for the lesbians to enjoy each other's company. The alien remains indifferent, in the background. They try to get the bashful entity to groove to it, but the dullness of teh air about him won't just clear up. They then decide to have fun in a way that could get everyone involved. Rather than what dark desires might compel at times like this, they don't engage inany kind of randy stuff.Quite the contrary. They elect to play hide n seek. So there you have it: 3 grown-ups playing hid and seek. Weird as it might seem, the female duo actually find it pretty funny, despite making the side already used to it. The game is a novelty to Anders, but still his excitment muscle is not stirred. He finds them quite easily by sniffing them out.
At this point I thought he was going to kill somebody. I'm not sure why, but the build-up to the mood and the sombre music just kinda gave that away. But something doesn't feel feel right and Joe goes over to investigate things. What she finds out is quite disturbing. She finds the remains of the dead fox and finds out that all that's left of it is its hide and the flesh, tendons, tissues were gone altogether. She starts piecing things together right away and comes to the unavoidable conclusion that their alien suitor is behind the recent doings. It's not long before she grabs a huge drop point knife to fend off Anders. Jessica finds her first, but she's undaunted by her flustered partner holding that huge knife.
She claims to know that Anders is twisted and held accountable for the latest casualties. Jessica just shrugs that off and goes to look for him.
When they do find him, Joe lashes out at him and tells him to go away as soon as morning breaks. He concedes and really leaves. All is back to normal, or so it seems. Anders eyes up some swans and tries to lunge at them. Since he's only a feral alien with no idea what water is, he starts drowning in two feet of water. He screams for help. The very lesbians who sent him packing moments earlier answer his plea and rescue. Joe tells him to dry off and leave again right after. Jessica dissents and has an emotional breakdown at Joe, including telling her she had ferreted out how it was Joe who had killed Simons, her deceased suitor and that she can no longer stand her jealously towards anybody who feels the slightest attraction to her. The two wrangle, and Jessica winds up unconscious after Joe bashes her head a few times against a marble plynth.
The whole point of the party segment was for Joe to find out that Anders wasn't to be trusted, at all. Moments later, she saves him from "drowning" in a nearby mudhole marsh. Everything that transpired was supposed to make her wary of Anders, but she seems to have let that slip for some mysterious reason. Odd...
Anders takes her to bed as though she was Charlotte The Harlot. As she wakes up, she tells him that she wants to leave with him and that her partner had been abusing to her all along. They partake in a sex scene that ends with Anders getting a bit to excited to the point that he rips her neck off. The last gesture of the codependent lass who had aspirations to leave a trouble-free life with someone who really cared for her. Even in death she is beautiful,olne has to admit, although Joe is distressed by the sight of both a startled Anders and her dead lover. She makes a run to the woods, but she trips over a shovel that was used to dig a grave outside. She falls in and Anders closes in. It's not clear what happened thereafter, although it's implied that she is munched as well. The movie ends with Anders sending information to the command ship about humans being an easy prey to the aliens' ambitions.
However much people want to lambaste this movie for all of its unconventional elements and how it departs from standard Hollywood pictures, this actually worked very well to me. The movie is 1hour 17 minutes long, a welcome length for a movie this simple. The few characters are complex and it's not your average love story because since the beginning it's hinted that the relationship is pelted by strains stemmed from the characters' inner fears, whether they be Joe's intolerance to romantic rivalries and Jessica's resenting her for this. The setting was also agreeable to my personal standards as it was unpretencious, but befitting the purported atmosphere of horror and perosnal bewilderment nevertheless. This is what keeps me entertained the whole time and that's the main reason people watch films anyway.