If you’re a horror fan looking for a new fix, look no further than Occupation Rainfall. With a witty take on the genre, Occupation Rainfall is sure to please even the most diehard fans.

The Good

This is the type of film I wish I were on set for. I mean acting, or fight choreography, or script checking, or getting Temuera a Coke Zero. I mean anything. It looked like a blast (no pun) to film. This fun transfers into the final product.

My best write up for this is the Expendables meets Starship Troopers.

Jim summing up Occupation Rainfall
Occupation Rainfall movie poster with a man and a woman in military gear facing off an army of aliens.
Occupation Rainfall

When I got the screener for Occupation Rainfall, I thought ‘Oh! This sounds cool. Maybe it’s Wyrmwood 2.0’. After the first few minutes, that illusion was shattered. I couldn’t get into it. I was expecting X and instead of giving me X, I was bombarded with Y. As soon as I figured out what the movie was the magic happened. I enjoyed it. I got into it. I couldn’t put it down. It went from a ‘oh no, not another…’ to ‘I can’t wait to tell my cohost about this one!’

The acting is fantastic. You have a lot of friendly faces here and they are giving a solid performance. My best write up for this is the Expendables meets Starship Troopers. In fact, I would love to see this cast again. I think they play well off each other and that sort of chemistry is not easy to come by in an ensemble.

A word on special effects

I’m an effects junkie. I am not certain on the fX budget for this movie, but I do know it was less than what Netflix poured out for Resident Evil. This movie proves it doesn’t take a massive budget to pull off decent effects. If RE had half the ambition and vision that Rainfall did, Netflix would have Stranger Danger #67 on their hands. Again, my review of the effects is framed with what the movie is versus what I may have originally thought it to be. Keep Expendables meets Starship Troopers in mind and you’ll be in for a great time.

The Bad

There are some definite misses in Rainfall. For one, it’s not entirely clear what the movie is about from the outset. It seems like it could be a serious alien invasion film, but it turns out to be more of a spoof. Additionally, some of the story lines and character development seem to depend on having seen the previous films in the series. If you’re not familiar with them, you might find yourself lost and wondering why certain plot points matter.

The Missing:

Where are you Danny Trejo? That’s the only negative I could think of when watching the movie. I brought it up during our podcast and in the interview with the director Luke Sparke–where is Danny Trejo? This movie smacks ‘Hey, look we need Machete!” Although he is missing in this film, I am happy to announce that a few weeks after our interview Danny Trejo signed up for the sequel! Since Occupation Rainfall brings in the heat all by itself, I can’t wait to see Trejo bring the franchise out into the stratosphere.

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The Verdict for Occupation Rainfall:

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Jim Phoenix

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