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Film / The Galaxy Invader

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"It came from a galaxy far, far away. An alien explorer. Its mission... TO SURVIVE!"

The Galaxy Invader is a 1985 Direct to Video Science Fiction film directed by Don Dohler. It concerns an alien crash-landing on Earth and the rednecks that are hunting him.

Very oddly, it might be best known because Film Ventures International took footage from this movie and used it under the credits of Pod People, their presentation of the Spanish Sci-Fi Horror film Los Nuevos Extraterrestres.

This movie contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Joe shoots at his daughter for slapping him.
  • Action Survivor: The green man kills a few of the rednecks.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: An alien crash-lands in a backwoods community.
  • Attempted Rape: Joe tries this on Becky.
  • Ax-Crazy: Joe is a very murder-happy fellow who won't hesitate to kill anyone who pisses him off. Not even his family is safe from his violence.
  • Big Bad: Joe Montague, the redneck who leads the hunt for the green man.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Joe is taken down, but he kills the green man first.
  • Buffy Speak: The alien is called the "green man" and his orb is the "round thing."
  • Clothing Damage: Joe's shirt deteriorates throughout the course of the movie.
  • Disney Villain Death: Joe is knocked off a cliff by his wife.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Joe chases and shoots at Carroll for slapping him, and tries to murder his entire family for stealing the alien equipment from him and running away from his abuse.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Joe is dispatched by his wife, whom he emotionally abused throughout the film.
  • Domestic Abuse: Joe threatens to shoot his wife for questioning him.
  • Energy Weapon: The green man's gun.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The alien is only ever known as "the Green Man".
  • Evil Plan: Joe Montague, upon finding an alien has crash-landed near his home, spends the film plotting to capture or kill it to sell him to the government.
  • Hate Sink: Joe Montague is a drunken redneck who is introduced slapping his adult daughter for dating a man he dislikes. When she slaps him back, he blasts at her with a shotgun, only barely missing. When an alien crashlands near his house, Joe obsessively hunts it down for the money, not caring who gets killed in the process. Soon after the alien kills his supposed best friend, Joe tries to rape the man's girlfriend and then shoots her In the Back. His family eventually has enough and tries to leave, so Joe tries to kill them all.
  • Hero Antagonist: The Green Man never hurts people except in self-defense and doesn’t seem to have any ill intent.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The Green Man only kills in self-defense, Joe is a monstrous abuser who beats and torments his family, sends his friends to die, and is utterly lacking in redeeming qualities.
  • Kick the Dog: Joe Montague gets several:
    • Shooting at his daughter for slapping him during an argument.
    • Threatening to shoot his wife for disagreeing with his alien hunt.
    • Trying to rape his late friend's girlfriend, and shooting her In the Back when she escapes.
  • MacGuffin: The round thing and the gun.
  • Nonindicative Name: The titular invader is not a galaxy, nor does he actually invade a galaxy at any point in the film.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Joe's introductory scene shows his very violent reaction to learning that his daughter wants to marry Mike. His surname being Montague is probably deliberate.
  • Pater Familicide: Joe decides to kill his entire family after they take his alien stuff and run away.
  • The Sociopath: Joe Montague is a low-functioning example, a redneck who spends most of his life abusing his family and lazing about. When he learns there's an alien nearby, he sends all his friends to their deaths without blinking to get ahold of it. When his family finally try to escape his madness, he simply takes out his shotgun and prepares to kill them all.
  • Tuckerization: Joe's idiot son JJ is probably named in honour of the composer for Dohler's movie Night Beast.
  • Villain Protagonist: Joe Montague, a redneck who abuses his entire family and wants to kill an alien for the money.
  • The Voiceless: The green man never utters a word