You may not have guessed it from the movie’s promotional images but like just about every movie Hollywood releases these days Neighborhood Watch is an alien invasion flick. They’re kind of shooting for a funny version of Attack the Block, if all the characters were played by middle-aged suburbanites.
While we do know the movie involves aliens, we didn’t know anymore than that. At least until now. This week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas our man Eric Eisenberg was shown new footage from the film, which reveals the alien attackers. Here’s how he describes them:
While the four men are driving around singing Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “You Aint Seen Nothing Yet,” they accidentally hit something. Getting out to inspect the damage, they find a strange green goo in the grill of the car and a mysterious looking creature in the bushes. Trying to coax it out, Evan says, “I see you!” and is then attacked by an alien, who is tall, skinny, brown and has strange yellow eyes. The crew is then shown in another scene realizing that they are dealing with an alien invasion. Then it cuts to a shot of the group standing around a strange black ball and Evan warns that they shouldn’t touch it until they know what it does. Unfortunately, one of the team touches the orb and it sends out a blue light that explodes a nearby cow and Bob exclaims, “This thing’s awesome!” The trailer ends with the group back in Bob’s dude cave where a dead alien is lying in a Barcalounger. They begin to party with the creature’s body, taking pictures, dancing with it and so forth. The scene ends badly, however, because the alien is still alive and begins to trash the dude cave.
Sounds a little like it turns into an Area 51 style recreation of Weekend at Bernie’s, at the end there. But the movie’s cast is first rate. Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, and most importantly The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade star. Ayoade’s presence alone is enough reason to hope they’ll actually pull off an all-too rarely successful entry in the sci-fi comedy genre.