Monday, April 27, 2015

Better than "Cowboys & Aliens?" Another western-sci-fi mashup beat it to the draw!

"High Plains Invaders," a 2009 SyFy Channel movie starring James Marsters, was a lot faster on the trigger than the big-budget Daniel Craig/Harrison Ford alien shoot 'em up. Check out this excerpt.

Better than “Cowboys & Aliens?” Another western-sci-fi mashup beat it to the draw!

James Marsters, just hangin´ around in "High Plains Invaders."
James Marsters, just hangin' around in "High Plains Invaders."


Although the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel came out in 2006, introducing the genre-splicing concept  of crusty 19th century cowpokes fighting oozing intergalactic vermin, the high-priced movie adaptation was beaten to the draw … by two years, in fact. High Plains Invaders, set in 1890s Colorado and starring James Marsters (P.S. I Love You) and Sanny Van Heteren (Hellraiser: Revelations),  is an enjoyably cheesy mashup with a giant alien bug that’s actually a whole lot more interesting than the CGI-ed Alien rip-offs in Cowboys. Director/actor Kristoffer Tabori helmed the SyFy original, shot in Romania for around $2 million. Director/actor Jon Favreau  is responsible for Cowboys & Aliens, which was filmed in New Mexico and cost about $163 million. Compare and contrast. Check out the High Plains Invaders clip below.

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