For every Alien or Predator movie that gets made, there are at least a dozen ‘Crossbreed’ movies that get made alongside them. In the ye-olde days we’d have called them “straight to video”, these days it’s “straight to VOD”.
This isn’t to say Crossbreed is bad necessarily, I mean, it’s no Alien or Predator, no matter how much it does its best to be like a crossbreed of both of them (see what I did there!).
Crossbreed is one of those films that you’ll either love or hate. It has some not half-bad CGI (I’ve seen a lot worse on films that had a lot more than the reported $3.5 million Crossbreed had), but that sadly isn’t replicated in the sets, or the motorbike costumes the actors wear.
Speaking of which, and despite high-profiling billing, both Vivica A. Fox (“Empire (TV)”, “Kill Bill Vol. 1”) and Daniel Baldwin (“Anabolic Life“, “Cold Case (TV)”) have perhaps the least amount of screen-time.
The majority of that is given over to our five intrepid hero’s: Ryker, Stink Fisher (“The Lovely Bones”, “New Dogs, Old Tricks (TV)”), Slaughterhouse, Antoine Lanier (“Message In A Bottle”), Four-Eyes, John T. Woods (“V/H/S/2”, “Criminal Minds (TV)”), Degenerate, Jason McNeil (“House Of Manson”, “The Night I Died”) and Noob, Brandyn T. Williams (“The First Purge”, “Deadly Vows”). I think, given the names, you are beginning to get an idea of what you’re in for.
Ryker is the one responsible for bringing this rag-tag-team together after a visit from Baldwin who dangles a heap of ‘credits’ in front of him to do ‘one last mission’ and snatch an alien lifeform back. It’s not the most original storyline but it works.
This alien lifeform, the Crossbreed in question (played by Devanny Pinn), isn’t taking too kindly to being kidnapped by all and sundry and has turned a tad violent. Not even Miller, Mu-Shaka Benson (“Iris”, “Dwelling”), the marine who was the most recent kidnapper, can now keep her in check.
As our hero’s run around various warehouse looking sets, killing anyone who steps in front of them, the Crossbreed begins picking them off one-by-one. As for the alien, it’s used sparingly and, utilising some dark lighting and smoke, it looks pretty convincing.
However, eventually there must be a battle at the end and it is here, in a surprisingly well-lit tunnel, that the Crossbreed’s prosthetics become a little ‘godzilla’ in their ways.
We do get a small cameo from Vernon Wells who some of you will know from Commando, Mad Max 2, Weird Science, Innerspace and a whole heap more. Sadly, it is just a small cameo.
If you are into, and happy to watch, low-budget sci-fi than Crossbreed should be on your list. It has cheesy lines some cheesy acting but decent CGI and a decent idea. If, however, you struggle to watch any sci-fi unless it has the budget equivalent to the GDP of most small countries, you probably want to give Crossbreed a miss.