Friday, November 8, 2013

Freaky Friday: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Halloween has come and gone. With it came the release of my debut urban fantasy, A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. It's crazy to think that after all this time my book--I mean, whoa, MY BOOK--is out there in the world. If you've read or plan to read it, I hope you like it! Now, it's time to get back into the normal swing of things around here and that means, Freaky Friday! This week I'm going with the remake of the classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers!
The opening sequence is freaky enough with the weird snot-like aliens coming to earth. Then, they emerge as flowers after slithering over leaves, but that's not the weird part. A woman walks by and picks one of the flowers as a class comes through with their teacher. The freaky part, however, is the priest sitting on a swing and giving the kids the most serious stink eye ever. If he's not already snatched by one of these aliens, then he should get the award for creepiest horror villain, or seek therapy.
As the movie continues, it turns out that weird dead-pan stares are part of the norm. Although, my vote is still on the priest for the creepiest.

Not far into the film, the heroine suspects something is wrong with her boyfriend. Now, don't get me wrong, if my hubs was acting strange, I'd know right away, but I wouldn't say, "He's the same on the outside, but something inside him is different." Sounds suspiciously too close to the truth. And when she touches his hair, she flips out and backs always from him, only... the audience is made to think nothing is wrong! She just seems to have this epiphany that he's different. Later, we'll find out more (no spoilers).
How to tell your significant other became an alien. See blob.
Soon after, we hear from the Chinese laundry worker, who says, "That not my wife. Different. That not my wife." Again, why would he say this? I don't want to beat a dead horse, but, if your significant other starts acting weird, the first reaction is "Hey, they're acting weird", not "They must be taken over by aliens because that's not so and so".
In the plus column, aside from the snap judgement of the characters, I didn't have any other major gripes. The pace moves fast, so we don't have much boring overture. The spooky scenes are also understated, which is a nice change from the modern over-the-top blood and gore. It's easy to see why this one is a classic (albeit a remake of an earlier classic). It's got the creep factor down to an art.  Besides, we've got Leonard Nimoy! Can't be upset with Spock. And Jeff Goldblum? Why, yes please. He can do no wrong in my book. No, not even Earth Girls are Easy. Don't judge.

Rating: B

PS Pod people! Pod people!

Which is it for you the 1956 original or the 1978 remake? Who are your pod people? 

1 comment :

  1. I agree, Goldblum can do no wrong. And I loved Earth Girls are Easy. So silly but cute.