Alien Outlaw (1986) Kino Lorber Blu-ray Review



It’s a clunky little genre effort, but I’ll take this any day over any of the trash SyFy has produced in the last 15 years.


Gun-toting aliens land, not counting on resistance in the shapely form of a sexy trick shooter.



Touring trick shooter act Jesse Jamison (one-time only actress Kari Anderson who later became a makeup artist on high profile projects) is struggling with bad management and a flaky assistant, but good word of mouth has her consistently booking gigs at county fairs and such. It doesn’t hurt that she’s a good-looking gal with great legs (and isn’t afraid to show them off with a very skimpy outfit), but the fact remains that she’s a real-deal sharpshooter who might not be the fastest gun around, but she’s certainly a deadeye with a six-shooter. It just so happens that three predatory aliens with a penchant for breathing in water have landed in her neck of the woods, and they suspiciously tote earth weapons right out of a cowboy movie and set to killing everyone they come across, including Jesse’s assistant. The media picks up the lead that there are “bigfoot-like monsters” on the loose in the area, and Jesse and her mentor (played by old timer Lash La Rue) take it upon themselves to track and hunt the aliens before they do any more damage. There will be a showdown!


Charming in its stripped-down simplicity and goofiness, Alien Outlaw is the second of two weird horror / sci-fi features written and directed by Phil Smoot, who used some of the same cast and crew from his previous film The Dark Power for this one. I liked Kari Anderson and her plucky personality here, and the movie is surprisingly generous with nudity and sexiness. The creature designs are laughably bad, and there’s never really an explanation as to how and why the aliens wield western weapons and are so good with them. You just have to go with it, and I did, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s a clunky little genre effort, but I’ll take this any day over any of the trash SyFy has produced in the last 15 years.


Kino Lorber has just released three titles as part of their new “Kino Cult” series on Blu-ray, and this is #2 in the series. It’s got a nice 4K restoration transfer, plus two audio commentaries, a featurette with the director and cast, plus an interview with the editor, and archival interviews, and more. It’s totally worth picking up and adding to your collection.