The cover photos and illustrations and the BBFC classification make this seem a much more interesting film, with a far bigger special effects budget, than it actually has. The front cover shows a naked young woman crouching over a ball-like model of the Moon. Out of her back snake various cables. The back cover show an expanding bubble of unreality exploding down a main street, in the centre of which walks a threatening alien figure. Neither of these images actually appear in the movie.
The cables suggest that what you're going to see is something like the episode in Babylon 5, where the station's crew discover the victims of the alien's surgery in order to turn them into the living cores of alien warships. They are compelled to merge with machinery, and so appear cocooned amidst a mass of cables and circuits. Nothing like this occurs in the movie.
As for The Device, it's pretty much a smooth, black bowling ball, with a sharp flange that draws its victims' blood. It's definitely less impressive than I expected from the cover art.
It's clearly a low budget, straight to DVD film, and quite formulaic. The cabin in woods has become something of a horror cliché, ever since one of Romero's zombie movies. It's been treated as such in the postmodern horror film, The Cabin in the Woods, which plays with and subverts horror films and their monsters. It's also extremely derivative of the X-Files' episodes dealing with humans made pregnant with alien hybrid babies as part of their breeding programme. And like those episodes of the X Files, it's based solidly on the Abduction Myth. It doesn't have the TV series' bigger budget, nor its wit and willingness to play with genre conventions. And unlike the X-Files, you only ever see one alien. It does, however, show how strong the influence of the abduction Myth is, that decades after Streiber's Communion and the X-Files, film makers still want to make movies about it, even if only low budget flicks like this. -- David Sivier