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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Aliens in The Attic DVD Review

Aliens in The Attic - A 20th Century Fox Release


DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 2009

Rated PG for action violence, some suggestive humour and language

Running time: 86 minutes

John Schultz (dir.)

Mark Burton (screenplay)

Adam F. Goldberg (screenplay)

Mark Burton (story)

John Debney (music)

Carter Jenkins as Tom Pearson

Austin Robert Butler as Jake Pearson

Ashley Tisdale as Bethany Pearson

Robert Hoffman as Ricky Dillman

Thomas Haden Church as Tazer (voice)

Josh Peck as Sparks (voice)

Ashley Peldon as Skip (voice)

Kari Wahlgren as Razor (voice)

Our reviews below:


Aliens in The Attic DVD Review By John C.

** (out of 4)

Originally titled They Came From Upstairs, Aliens in The Attic is the story of a family that goes to their cottage over the summer, only to have it invaded by aliens. The production design of the aliens is fine, but it’s nothing terribly original. Robert Hoffman, as the daughters boyfriend under alien mind control, is the most entertaining part of the movie. His stiff, robot-like dance moves are genuinely funny. The way he is being controlled by a Wii-like remote, is the most inventive thing in the film.

Pre-release, this was advertised as a sort of modern-day Gremlins. Um no, it’s not. Gremlins was a pretty dark picture. This is in no way a frightening film, and only very young kids might be freaked out by the aliens. If you’re above a certain age, you should skip this and rent the excellent The Spiderwick Chronicles. A film that wasn’t afraid to serve up just the right amount of fright, without going overboard.

Aliens in The Attic is not a bad film, it’s just very average. And a lot of it just feels like a tired retread of E.T.. The dialogue all feels forced and contrived and the story is silly, but kids in the 6-12 range are sure to like it. There are a lot of much better kids films to have come out this year, (G-Force, Shorts, etc.), but there’s also a lot worse. Aliens in The Attic falls in the middle. Mildly worth a rental if you’ve got kids, but you’re not missing much if you don’t watch it with them.

The DVD includes deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a gag reel, an animated short titled Behind The Zirkoniens, and some featurettes.


Aliens in The Attic DVD Review By Erin V.

**1/2 (out of 4)

DVD Review Coming Soon!


Aliens in The Attic DVD Review By Nicole

**1/2 (out of 4)

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Aliens in The Attic DVD Review By Maureen

** (out of 4)

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Aliens in The Attic DVD Review By Tony

** (out of 4)

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Consensus: **1/4 (Out of 4)

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