October 19, 2013 13 Nights of Hallowe'en: Night #1 Skyline (2010)
Hello and welcome to the first of the 13 Nights of Hallowe'en! This year I am going back to an older format of the thirteen nights. I like having all of the connection splayed out in the posts, but it is time consuming and my work focus has changed. I will try to point out some other interesting movies that the acting staff or the producers (in the loose sense of people making the film, not producer credit people per se) have also worked on, but I won't dig too deep. I make no promises but I may go back and do that digging later and update the posts. I also may go a little bit into spoiler territory, but hopefully not too far, and certainly not for the climaxes or major final act of the movie twists.
Skyline is an alien invasion movie, but not like a lot of them. I had the fortune of noticing that someone compared it to zombie movies-without any living dead of course. The invasion begins with a mysterious infectious light that mesmerises people before they are taken. The alien action moves on to small abduction craft and giant lumbering tanks, both of which are part machine, part biological. There are holed-up survival elements, massive alien ships, and end of the world goodness. This is all in the trailer that made me immediately want to see this movie. Since getting a copy of the film I've seen it more times than anything I've acquired in recent history.
Our lead characters are played by Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson, as the couple trying to escape with their lives. One of Eric Balfour's films that I wanted to highlight was Rise of the Gargoyles (2009) (TV Movie), and of course he was in the remake,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) (movie)--coverd in 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 3. The cast is pretty sparse as far as speaking roles of any real length. However we do have David Zayas from Dexter (2006) (TV) in a nice meaty role in the film. There are a lot of special effects and a lot of cool action and sci-fi scenes to go with the horror and dread.