Story: An extraterrestrial plague has torn through the world, leaving countless dead and the few survivors relegated to isolated pockets of existence. One such band of survivors has managed to carve out some kind of life in deep in the woods of Canada, not much of a life however and they’re intent on connecting with other survivors. The long nights using the ham radio bear no fruit, as no one ever returns their inquiries, but the group pushes on and hopes for an end to the isolation. That end arrives when a voice finally comes over the radio, but the voice is unusual and sounds almost alien in some ways. Can the survivors trust this mysterious voice on the radio and if not, what will become of this small band of determined, but worn down folks?
Entertainment Value: This is an odd one, even by Bill Rebane standards, but while I agree with some of the criticisms, I still think this is an interesting, worthwhile picture. The story is simple and tailored to the production budget, which means this isn’t the usual special effects driven sci/fi experience. Invasion from Inner Earth is minimalist in a lot of ways and devotes most of the duration to scenes of people talking at a table, hardly wild stuff and that seems to be the main issue for critics. I admit without question that this movie has a glacial pace most of the time, but I rarely found it to be boring or drawn out. I just think the flick has such an offbeat vibe throughout, a weird atmosphere that kept me interested, even during the slowest segments. 99 movies out of 100 that have this pace would put me to sleep, but there is just something here that kept me awake. I still wouldn’t issue a strong recommendation, as this is certainly a niche interest picture, but I think the off putting vibe and b movie elements are enough for devoted genre fans to seek out Invasion from Inner Earth. I do wish the pace was tighter and there was more wildness, but it was an interesting movie to these eyes.
No nakedness. The movie doesn’t spend time on romance or sleaze, so it makes sense that no naked bodies would be showcased here. No real blood either, but again, that is logical since very little happens in the picture and even less violence unfolds. There is some panic in the streets, but that is as close to violence as Invasion from Inner Earth cares to tread, I suppose. The dialogue provides some bright spots, though again, slow chats about existence performed by less than stellar actors isn’t going to spark joy with everyone. I thought the awkward, stilted performances were a plus, as they added to the weird atmosphere and b movie vibes, even if Invasion from Inner Earth never really sends the cast off the deep end. I don’t think I’ll be quoting any lines from this one, but I do think the odd dialogue and wooden performances deserve a couple points. On the craziness scale, the super weird general vibe qualifies, as do the trippy visuals, Cracker Barrel style set choices, and the mind cracking finale, which will certainly have some viewers wondering what the hell just happened.
Overall Insanity: 5/10