Mill Creek Sci-Fi Invasion: Morons from Outer Space (1985)

Somehow, this movie came from the same man who made Get CarterFlash Gordon and Black Rainbow, Mike Hodges. Man, what an all over the place resume of films!

Originally called Illegal Aliens, it later became entitled Morons from Outer Space, which led to Mel Brooks changing the name of his movie Planet Moron to Spaceballs*.

This was written by Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, who created Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. They were never on the same page as Hodges, which is probably why this movie feels so uneven.

Three aliens named Sandra, Desmond and Julian strand another named Bernard (Smith) and head to Earth, where they become instant celebrities with an agent (Jones) getting them all over the media. They offer nothing special yet everyone wants to meet them, while when Bernard comes to Earth, he’s seen as a crazy man.

Somehow, this was the only film that Smith and Jones would ever make. So there’s that. 

You have to love that this Mill Creek set has a British science fiction comedy, a Japanese super hero movie, an American TV movie, a German horror movie, Italian ripoff cinema and so many more genres all packed into one inexpensive box. 

*Strangely enough, the aliens play a game called Spaceball in this film.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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