Alien Addiction follows Riko (Jimi Jackson) who lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere (Waikato, New Zealand). Life was pretty normal until two aliens crash-landed near Riko’s house. He welcomes the aliens and together they develop an intergalactic relationship of epic proportions. Alientologist Peter Mackintosh (Thomas Sainsbury) has tracked the aliens and Riko, and plans to capture them and reveal them to the world.
So, your enjoyment of Alien Addiction is going to largely depend on just how much you appreciate a fair bit of toilet humour in your movies. I like to think that I’ve outgrown that type of thing, but it would appear that I most definitely have not. And as ridiculously stupid as this little indie movie from New Zealand is, it actually had me laughing more than any mainstream Hollywood comedy has in recent years.
When we first meet Riko, he’s passing a bong around with some mates and generally mucking about. His auntie, who he lives with, has been baking for the boys, managing to mix up the salt and sugar once again. The boys decide to compete in a race to see who can get to the pub first, splitting up.and heading off via car and motorbike. They continue pranking each other on the way – pretending to have crashed, or even acting out a roadside execution using the gun that one of them is carrying.
While getting wasted in the pub, the boys catch a news bulletin on the TV, which tells of a meteor landing in the forest near to Riko’s house. We also follow a couple of UFO bloggers, on their way to the spot where the meteor is expected to land. Their plan is to get a photo of the meteor and then Photoshop a UFO behind it in order to produce another fake news blog post. Luckily for them, it looks like they won’t be needing Photoshop after all, as a UFO is in fact following the meteor down to earth, crash landing nearby.
The aliens themselves are all dressed in black, with large blue heads and mouths puckered into the shape of butt holes. They shuffle around the forest, using a device to vaporise fallen pine cones, before inhaling the vapour in order to analyse its molecular makeup. When they spot a rambler dropping her trousers to go to the toilet, they believe it to be an offering, and when they use the device on the stool, the vapour they inhale gives them an intense high. It literally is ‘good shit’. More good shit can be found when they come across an outdoor toilet, or ‘gift seat’ as they decide to call it.
Riko discovers the location of the crashed UFO, having followed a pipe leading from his toilet drainage system, out into the forest and into the alien ship. “Did you just smoke shit from my house?” Riko asks, after discovering what the aliens are up to. They immediately form a bond, with Riko introducing them to earth life and culture while trying to secure different, better shit for them to smoke.
The cast, particularly when playing off of each other, is really what makes this movie so much fun. When it’s Riko and his friends messing about, or the hapless bloggers bickering and trying to get a scoop on an alien landing, I mostly had a smile on my face. When Riko is with the aliens, taking them shopping and getting high together, things do slip for a while, and it struggled to hold my interest.
Thankfully, the pace picks up and the wackiness returns as the bloggers close in on the aliens and Riko works to get the aliens back on their ship so that they can return home. He’s helped by another enjoyable character called Jacinta, who works at roadside eatery Red Ringas “Satisfying you, destroying your loo”.
It’s not likely to win any major awards, and the acting is pretty dubious at times, but Alien Addiction is one of those fun, harmless movies that you can just switch off and enjoy with friends and a few drinks. While smoking some good shit…
Alien Addiction is available for digital download on October 12