Decoys (2004) Movie Review
Written by: ML
Edited by: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Matthew Hastings
Producers: Franco Battista, Josée Bernard, Tom Berry, Neil Bregman
Writers: Matthew Hastings, Tom Berry
Date Released: February 27, 2004
Corey Sevier as Luke Callahan
Stefanie von Pfetten as Lilly Benson
Kim Poirier as Constance Snowden
Elias Toufexis as Roger
Meghan Ory as Alex
Ennis Esmer as Gibby
Richard Burgi as Detective Francis Kirk
Nicole Eggert as Detective Amanda Watts
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The story is about an all-female alien invasion where they pose as sorority members and target male victims who fall for their charm. Their alien race is dying so they left their frozen planet and invaded earth to procreate. However, they unintentionally freeze their partners to death during sexual intercourse. These failed attempts and the mysterious deaths are uncovered by someone who witnessed their transformation. After planning and defeating the horde with fire, the protagonist ultimately fails because his long-time friend turns out to be an actual alien.
Sad to say, there are no blood spills in this movie. Instead of bleeding, the victims in this weird alien movie just freeze to death. The most gruesome part is every time the aliens begin to transform into their true form. There’s a hole just below their chest where spider-like tentacles come out and apparently the main tentacle is some kind of a reproductive organ where it goes straight inside the throat of their mating partner. Aside from these alien forms, the movie has some random jump scares scattered at the beginning and middle of the movie. The notable ones are when visions of the aliens suddenly appear, and the scene at the morgue.
The Grave Review
Decoys (2004) is a typical early 2000s teenybopper movie where target audiences are younger ones looking for a form of entertainment at a sleepover.
Though it is understandable that the aliens invaded because they want to reproduce, there are way too many sex scenes and kissing scenes. There are also repeated settings of partying. One unnecessary waste of time is the pageant night, although that is where Luke noticed the aliens were afraid of fire. Another incident of inserting irrelevant comic relief is the girl who got punched in the face at a party and spilled her drink all over her clothes. Good thing she’s not an alien.
For the whole duration of his existence in the movie, Luke’s best friend Roger was annoying. His lines revolved around just wanting to have sex. When the time came for him to have a sexy time with Constance, a character development happened. He suddenly wanted to be an alien daddy. Though he eventually died and the dying scene was so dramatic, one can only wonder what happened to the baby aliens that came out of his throat.
By the end of the movie, it was a bit disappointing because after all the lame fighting sequences against the aliens, Luke’s remaining friend Alex turned out to be an actual alien and that she was the suspect from the opening death scene at the beginning of the movie. Good job for her being the best in decoy.
The only good thing about this movie is the idea of an alien invasion, with ugly spider-like aliens posing as normal people.
Overall, this movie is just fine if you are looking for a movie about aliens that are not the scary outer space type.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Decoys (2004) one grave out of five graves.
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