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Altered [DVD]
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A group of men on a hunting trip are captured and abducted by aliens. Fifteen years later(this is when we join the story),three of the men hunt and capture one in retaliation. They take their extraterrestrial prisoner to the house of the fourth man Wyatt(it seems that the fifth of the original abductees has died). Wyatt isnt too happy with having this unwanted guest in his house, as his girlfriend Hope is present, and he still fears the aliens that once experimented on him. With good reason too, as the alien is not only cunning and incredibly strong, but can manipulate the minds of its captors.
This is a nice little film. It took a little while to grow on me, as at least one of the men seems overly sadistic and genuinly unpleasant. Its only as the film progresses and the viewer gets to learn just how affected they have all been by the events fifteen years previous, that you can understand the anger and hatred of the men.
The alien itself looks great. Okay, its a man in a rubber suit, but its a good one. The performances are all excellent too. The fact that nearly all the action takes place inside Wyatt's home gives the film a real clautrophobic feel, as the odds shift from in the mens favour, to the aliens and back again
A very enjoyable film. 4 out 5
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 March 2007
The only reason i am posting these comments is because of the recent unfairly negative reviews of this movie on amazon.

In fact, this is a very interesting and pretty original sci-fi/horror movie. yes it's low budget and yes a few of the actors deliver occasional wooden lines (nowhere near as bad however as the actors in the first 'saw' movie) but overall it's a gripping ride and, despite what other reviewers have said, it is scary in parts. Considering the budget the crew probably had at their disposal the special effects were also quite good.

I actualy thought the alien itself was visualy impressive. It is only in a couple of the later scenes when 'man in suit' thoughts surface but even then this doesn't spoil the viewers enjoyment too much.

I always rate movies on whether or not i bother to view them again. I've seen 'Altered' three times now and i know i will watch it again in a few months time. File 'Altered' alongside 'Cabin fever', 'Wilderness' and 'Open water'.Low budget movies with obvious flaws but also well entertaining and, in my opinion, worth £[...] of anyone's money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Altered" is a pretty low-budget movie, and possibly shines because of it. Following the story of a desperate bunch of escaped alien abductees as they decide to launch a revenge-kidnap one of their tormentors, the film ploughs on unhindered by a lack of CGI, and revelling in a quality of goriness, hydraulics and puppetry usually reserved for zombie flicks.

Set out in the backwoods, the protagonists are a small, rough bunch of working-class locals who have all been affected by the trauma of their experiences; and one of their partners who knows nothing about their secret history. The enemy is a really, really nasty version of the familiar "grey alien". For all its cheapness, the film contains a tense, nervous and frantic atmosphere from start to finish.

"Altered"'s contemporary big-budget genre competitor would obviously be "Signs". Where Signs had the money, it lacked everything else that "Altered" has; I found this a nice gory piece of fairly original film, spoiled perhaps a little by a slightly inexplicable, or perhaps convenient, ending. But for those who prefer leaving their brain elsewhere and just watching expensive effects, there's always "Signs".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Altered is the story of 3 friends who finally capture an alien in the woods after years of trying. With not much in the way of a plan as to what to do with it after they had caught it, they take it to their friend Wyatt's rural fortress. Whilst it's not clear, it seems the quartet were abducted 15 years ago and have done little else in the subsequent time but obsess over the existence of aliens.

When Wyatt's dismay at the alien turns to palpable fear when the thing gets loose, will any of the guys make it through the evening alive?

This starts as a Blair Witch-style hunt through the woods and becomes a household horror after the thing escapes captivity. What follows is actually pretty scary, the alien has psychic influence and the characters are truly ambiguous. Sure, the alien is a guy in a latex-suit but some of the things it does are just plain savage (entrails-rope). The biological 'clicker' thing Wyatt (Adam Kaufman) extracts is bloody creepy and I was actually quite afraid during this film! It's not going to win any awards, but this is a decent sci-fi horror that is well worth your time. Recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
(THE FILM)
Fifteen years ago, five men were abducted by aliens. Only four returned. Now, these same four men have managed to capture one of the creatures who killed their friend and ruined their lives. It's time for payback but payback swings both ways...
WHAT CAN I SAY?
It is genuinely tense and the alien when revealed is effective and the acting and look of the film is exceptional considering it's a direct to DVD feature
A small group of guys hunt and trap a lone alien which belongs to a species responsible for the death of their childhood friend some 15 years before.
They plot revenge, but quickly realise that if they kill one..the rest will seek revenge in response..
The whole build up is good with some jumpy moments The special effects and make up were that of a big Hollywood movie
((Altered)) has gore action and is so tension from beginning to end..
this film is A diamond in the rough..very underrated!!A direct to DVD gem that really should have made theatrical release.
one thing left to say? They will find you...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three overly stereo-typical rural southern citizens are out hunting an alien one night. Why this night of all nights is not known, but they are. And sure enough they find one and manage to subdue and chain it. They take the alien to their friend Wyatt (Adam Kaufman) in the wee hours of the morning. They too have sustained injury. The film mostly take place in the garage with a limited number of people. However, that doesn't take away from the horror or intensity which was done quite well. It seems the alien isn't going to just lie there.

As most rural southerns, this wasn't their first encounter with an alien.

Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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He utterly polarised opinion when his low-budget little found-footage piece being the legendary film event of 1999 via the internet, and while I don't agree it's celluloid Marmite (I don't love nor loathe it), maybe its one-note but effective skeleton proved too troublesome to follow up immediately, hence the seven years wait, and then we get a completely different type of horror. Despite the clawed arms hanging down like branches front cover, reeking of 'Blair' deja-vu, Eduardo Sanchez has actually ticked more boxes than he ever could with his previous film with this moody and panicky piece. Three redneck bozos are hunting something at midnight in the woods, and that something seems to turn on them. Somehow they manage to reclaim the hunter's mantle, but not before one of them falls prey to a man-trap, whereupon, after freeing him, they catch and drag their catch back to an old garage block, whereupon we learn they're meeting up to exact a just revenge on this alien creature who'd apparently attacked them before, and abducted one, before "sending me back" and killing another-though this point is never made clear in what bitty flashbacks there are. We never even get to see a close up of the dead friend so we can only rely on those in front of the camera to make us care about them and their dire predicament: three of them manage this, but the other is a particularly annoying breed of backwoods idiot plus who whines, complains and screams in an unintelligible lingo only other miscarriages can hope to understand, this utter loser can't go five minutes without a spout-shout of pretend posturing threat or a repeated dumb order, and he resembles so much more than a massive supremely unwanted bluebottle buzzing repeatedly into your ear while you try to sleep, that you just want to swat him into the stain he made coming out of his mutant mother.

The film introduces tension much earlier than the one where his rep was first made, and thanks to the gentlest of the three blokes in the woods, plus the more Hollywood stock-type but likable leading man type played by Adam Kaufman, who I may have seen in some episodes of differing TV shows, and the actress playing his girlfriend acquit themselves really well, and the tension really rockets up in the claustrophobic setting of the out-of-town garage, especially as the peed off alien is beginning to wake. The alien itself is pretty damn impressive, all the nastier for the low budget employed, and I'm glad Sanchez isn't repeating his trick here of keeping the non-human force AWAY from the camera-and therefore us. There's a generous amount of scenes to flinch at once the violence gets going, and you'll be rooting for the right people, when you're not hoping that certain no one meets his damn demise asap. And a nice appearance from affable old stalwart James Gammon as a happening by sheriff.

No extras to speak of, but it's a tightly packed film of snaky threat and bursts of forceful survival attempts. At such a charitable price, this shouldn't be ignored, not least because he seems to have since become aware of the new found-footage capsule the horror world now lives alongside big, medium, small red-herring horror cheats, when it's not all about remakes we don't want nor need, and his third film 'Lovely Molly' seems to reek of everything of this typical wimp-out "horror"-and the more reviews I read of it, the more scared I get (and not in the way Sanchez would have want it). He followed it up with one called 'Exists' out this year, and it appears to be a big-foot kind of horror, but both these latter films have too much that can go wrong with them to get me other than feeling dubious. For now, unless proved otherwise at a later date if I can bring myself to do so, Sanchez has 'Altered' my opinion of his found-footage "what-you-don't-see-is-scarier" only once and I can't see that changing.
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When you've been lying low for fifteen years following an exceedingly traumatic, days-long abduction by evil, slimy reptilian aliens, the last thing you want is for your old buddies to show up in the middle of the night with one of those same creatures. Of course, his former buddies didn't suffer and experience everything Wyatt (Andy Kaufman) did, which is why they are fool enough to only want revenge. For years, they've been going back out to those same woods hunting something they never really believed would come back - until it did, and they caught the thing. Never having given much thought to what they would do if they did catch one of the slimy things, they wrap it up in chains and duct tape and take it to the one guy who knows more about the creatures than anyone else - Wyatt. And so begins a night of terror and suspense and tragedy.

Altered starts up as if it might be a comedy - what with three rednecks hunting for aliens in the deep, dark woods (indeed, the project was originally envisioned as a horror comedy) - but it's all serious business by the time the guys get to Wyatt's house. This whole alien business is like personal squared for Cody (Paul McCarthy-Boyington) because the aliens killed his brother, and even his own father suspects that he killed his bro and blamed it on aliens. Duke (Brad William Henke) is pretty focused, too, while Otis (Mike C. Williams) is just sort of along for the ride, happy to leave aliens alone as long as they leave him alone. Unfortunately, this alien doesn't leave anyone alone, including Wyatt's what-the-heck-is-going-on girlfriend Hope (Catherine Mangan). It's hard to keep a good alien down, and it's even harder to keep a bad alien down, even when he's wrapped up in chains and duct tape. Wyatt tries to explain why they can't kill the thing (killing an aliens tends to piss off all of his alien friends), but - well, let's just say the whole situation deteriorates rather quickly.

There is a lot to like about Altered. First off, it's about time we turn the tables on some of these aliens who think they can just abduct humans and do whatever they like to them. Secondly, the film does generate a significant degree of tension as events play out (as one of the taglines says, "It's time for payback. But payback goes both ways"), even though I did find the ending somewhat anticlimactic. You also have some pretty good special effects on display here, mostly old school effects rather than CGI. The gorier moments are particularly well done. Mostly, though, I just really liked the concept of turning the abduction scenario on its head; it gives this film a measure of creativity that is too often lacking in films of this genre. I suspect we have writer-director Eduardo Sanchez (of The Blair Witch Project fame) to thank for this.
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on 18 April 2011
How refreshing; 'Altered' is the film eqivalent of jumping in the Ford Capri, splashing your cheeks with Kouros, lowering the Ray Bans and driving off to pick up your corkscrew-permed sweetheart. Then you take her to the pictures and watch a cheeky little horror film that scares her enough to nestle into you. Indeed, everything about 'Altered' takes you back to how horror used to be and I for one thought it was great!

By this I mean that it doesn't take itself too seriously, doesn't rely on CGI graphics or over the top graphic toture and doesn't require a lot of thought. So what if the monster is a man in a green suit with fangs? So what if one of the actors has the most impressive mullet you've ever seen and can't really act at all? So what if the whole thing is a little shakey and tongue-in cheek?

'Altered' took me back to a time when you could just slump in front of a horror flick and be royally entertained for a couple of hours without having to question your morality, or sit there for an hour afterwards trying to work out the 'message'.

For all it's innocent flaws, I can't fault 'Altered' in terms of a low budget, yet really entertaining little horror film. It's easy to turn your nose up at and may not be one for the purists, but I for one (thankfully others seem to think the same) thought it was a teriffic effort.

I won't go into the storyline etc, but just wanted to add my positive rating in thanks for being actually being entertained. After all, a lot of recent films didn't do this (don't get me started on The Human Centipede).....and of course, there will always be a time and place for little green monsters and mullets!
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on 4 April 2015
I feel like I've been misled into watching a fairly poor horror movie by the generally enthusiastic reviews on here. By giving it one star I'm not saying it's completely awful, but if I ranked all the horror movies I've seen it would certainly be within the bottom 20%.

It has a certain "B-movie" feel and the creature reminds me of old posters of the "The Creature From the Black Lagoon". The problem is that it seems to lack the humour or charm that can turn a mediocre horror into an entertaining experience. The redneck characters are presumably not meant to be taken seriously, but the script is pretty weak and there's not much life in any of the on-screen interactions.

As for the horror element, I found the movie lacked any real atmosphere or tension beyond the "walking around with a gun looking nervous" type. The horror is more of the visceral kind, and the results of the creatures attacks are graphically shown. The gore effects are pretty good, the creature is a "guy in a costume" type but the head/face is done well for a low-budget movie.

The storyline is a bit different to the typical genre fare, but it's not very convincing and ditches the "something weird is going on" build-up at the start of most horror films which often ends up being the only good bit.

If you really like this particular kind of horror, it's perfectly watchable, but there are plenty of better movies out there.
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