Picks and Pans Review: Visitors of the Night.

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Nov. 27, 9 p.m. ET)

B

A divorced mom (Markie Post) winces as her daughter (Candace Cameron) makes her way through the turbulent teen years. It's not just the truancy or the shoplifting or the seedy boyfriend who looks like the singer for Stone Temple Pilots. The real problem is those giant, intricate designs that keep appearing in fields of grain near town. Cameron's classroom doodles are similar to the markings, so she's suspected of staging a hoax. But there is other, unexplained weirdness too. Herds of horses run loose on Main Street, and power surges blow out appliances and transformers all over town. Hmmmmm—could the problem be...aliens?

The film begins auspiciously by establishing an unusually complex and spooky mood, but it veers almost ludicrously off course in the second hour, when we finally meet the Real Culprits.

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