Remember a month or so back, I did the Shitfest and I contributed Bad Moon(check the review over at The IPC right HERE)? Well, my boyfriend decided that it was time to go through the rest of that 4 movie pack. Next 3 reviews will be on those. He didn’t really care which one he plopped in so we ended up with Body Snatchers as our first pick. At the time I’m writing this, I’ve already finished up all the movies and hoping that I don’t mix them up…
Director: Abel Ferrara
Steve Malone (Terry Kinney) is a researcher for the government to check the quality of the area to make sure there isn’t any contamination in the water and no hazardous materials in the environment. This leads him to the next destination with his second wife Carol (Meg Tilly), his 17 year old daughter Marty (Gabrielle Anwar) and youngest son Andy. Before arriving, Marty is attacked at the gas station by a crazy man warning her that something attacks in their sleep. Marty hates having to move there in those circumstances until she befriends Jenn Platt (Christine Elise), the daughter of the General Platt (R. Lee Ermey), the man that runs the base and her group of friends, especially Tim (Billy Wirth). While her father is approached by Major Collins (Forest Whitaker) with abnormal questions, he starts seeing weird issues occur among the staff and eventually they realize that the majority of the base has been replaced with alien clones. How can they get out of this mess?
In all honesty, I had zero hope for this one after how bad Bad Moon was. With zero expectations, this one was okay. Its a sci-fi horror thriller genre. I didn’t really find it very scary but it was somewhat weird. There were parts that didn’t make sense and those alien things were really funky. My boyfriend named it Squeaky Poo-Poo. So yeah…just to give you an idea of what it was. I couldn’t find a picture of it online but yeah, they weren’t very well done in the first place.
Meg Tilly’s snatched Carol Malone’s character was probably the most early on transformation with her walking out all naked and stuff. Plus, she was super eerie with her tone of voice and whatnot. This was just a very low-budget move in general with some pretty bad effects (although this is kind of old, so its expected). Everyone is alright in their roles. The only actor I knew going in was Forest Whitaker and I was thinking that it can’t be bad if he’s in it. Seriously, he did pretty good as the paranoid Major Collins…his stupid actions in that scene below was not his fault.
All in all, my issues weren’t with the characters but the script. Some things just didn’t make a whole lot of sense and I was like, “Why are you doing that?” all over the place. Like up there, I was like “SHOOT, YOU RETARD!” Apparently you don’t shoot when you have a gun in your hand and your enemies are approaching to take over your body. Even though the movie was alright, the ending was the usual bad wrap-up. Although, in all fairness, I had a good laugh at the last “surprise” twist. I saw it a mile away but how they did it was just the absolutely laugh-out-loud moment. And oh, did we laugh…haha! I’m laughing now, sorry, just can’t resist. Even the thought of it is hilarious!
Overall, not a bad movie. The concept was alright, the design and effects a bit lacking (but maybe not for 90s quality), the cast was okay, the story was a bit illogical here and there. Thats about it. You tell me if that interests you. If its your thing, there are two naked chicks in here, no screenshots though..sorry about that. Plus, you get to laugh at some scenes because of its stupidity or bad set-up.
It didn’t make me bang my head on the table, thats already a plus for me 🙂
I was checking out the page and there are these movies called Invasions of the Body Snatchers? Does anyone know if its related in any way? Is this a remake? Any ideas?