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ALIEN WARRIOR (1985)

Article 3233 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-26-2010
Posting Date: 6-21-2010
Directed by Ed Hunt
Featuring Brett Baxter Clark, Pamela Saunders, Reggie De Morton
Country: Canada
What it is: Liberal Christ fantasy/violent exploitation flick

A visitor from outer space comes to Earth to prove his worth by defeating a Great Evil, which comes in the form of a violent drug dealer.  However, the visitor has a limitation; the use of violence on his part causes him to weaken.

Liberal do-gooder fantasy or sex-and-violence exploitation flick?  Take your pick; the movie is obviously trying to have it both ways.  Unfortunately, rather than achieving an amazing amalgamation of diverse genres, it comes across as merely split-personality goofiness, probably because it does neither one well, though it's obviously more at home with the sex and violence.  Our visitor arrives on Earth naked (someone has seen THE TERMINATOR), but, thanks to a friendly wino who just happens to have an extra set of clothes, he is soon ready to look for Great Evil.  On the way he saves a woman from a gang of rapists, and then reforms the gang by getting the leader to face his shame over being called "stupid", and then getting the boy to read "Alice in Wonderland" while he himself peruses a complete set of encyclopedias.  With the help of the wino and his reformed-gang friends, he builds a really cool car that he uses to impress and reform the members of a protection racket so they can come to the reading center and break-dance, and then he... well, I could go on, but suffice it to say that interspersed between these moments are scenes where the "Great Evil" takes voyeuristic movies of his harem making love to members of the local police force or doing away with rivals in as violent a way as possible.  It's rating on IMDB is 4.3, but don't let that fool you; the user comments are split between those who think the movie is godawful and those who think it is a hilarious camp classic, which, if you do find yourself watching it, is perhaps the best way to approach it.

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