April (Brittany Allen) and a group of friends are heading to their mother's cabin in the woods for some time away. On the way there they have a run in with sheriff Murphy (Gil Bellows) who warns them that there has been some strange stuff going on. April and her friend Melanie (Melanie Papalia) also meet Travis (Michael Ironside), a weed growing friend of April's father and who believes some of the strange things are down to military experiments in the area. But when the friends discover what appears to be a crashed spacecraft their weekend takes a turn for the weird.
There are some movies I watch with no expectations, others for some reason I think will be bad and some which I think will be good. For no reason what so ever I had strange hopes for "Extraterrestrial" as between some clips I saw and a couple of familiar names in the cast list I thought maybe this was going to be good. In fact I liked the whole play on the traditional cabin in the woods set up but with the horny teenage friends having to deal with alien abductions rather than slashers or cursed spirits.
But sadly "Extraterrestrial" really struggled to get and hold my attention, resorting to too much horror movie cliche for my liking to the point it some times felt that the writers were trying to include every familiar idea they could be it something you expect from a cabin in the woods movie or some thing ore befitting of an alien abduction movie. Unfortunately this is the sort of movie which really needs to grab your attention so that the sudden shocks, things which appear behind someone and so on work. But it isn't just these things which fail to work as neither does the way the movie plays out with a couple of surprises, surprises which have been done in other movies.
About the only really positive I can say is that Michael Ironside steals every single scene he is playing the weed growing conspiracy theorist. And in truth Gil Bellows also adds something to the movie although maybe that is simply a familiar face. As for the younger stars such as Brittany Allenand Freddie Stroma, well they run around and scream like most teen characters do in these types of movies but just as typically their characters are generic and forgettable.
What this all boils down to is that "Extraterrestrial" failed to deliver the level of entertainment which I was expecting. Maybe for those who haven't watched many horror movies will find it more entertaining but for me this was too reliant on cliches despite trying to be a witch up on the usual cabin in the woods story.