Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983)
Netflix picked up 14 episodes of the series, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. They raised $5.7 million during their funding process. The series will premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 14th.
While we wait for the series to return, Netflix is currently streaming 20 episodes of the original series. Those episodes were revealed to include:
• Catalina Caper
• Future War
• The Giant Gila Monster
• Hercules Against the Moon Men
• Horrors of Spider Island
• I Accuse My Parents
• Jack Frost
• "Manos" The Hands of Fate
• Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders
• Pod People
• Puma Man
• Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Still the most potent and meaningful movie expression of modern paranoia is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the first film made
This often adapted story is based upon a three-part serialized story by Jack Finney which appeared originally in Colliers Magazine in 1954. It was expanded into a novel called “The Body Snatchers” in 1955.The first film version came out in 1956, and is considered one of the truly great sci-fi films. It has been remade three time, in 1978, 1993 and 2007. This article looks at the 1956 and 1978 movies because they are clearly the best of the four. Body Snatchers (1993) is just mediocre and the Invasion (2007) is just a mess. The other two are classics.
The 1956 version was written during the Cold War ‘Red Scare’, when the public was constantly reminded by our government to keep vigilant of Communist infiltration. This
It’s been about eight months since Shout! Factory released Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 1, but they’ve finally revisited Rhino’s old sets with a re-release of the second volume in the series. Unfortunately, the bonus features only consist of Mst Hour wraps for the Cave Dwellers and Pod People episodes, which is a bummer, but perhaps sales of the first volume weren’t strong enough to warrant putting much money into this collection. (That could also explain the eight-month gap between releases.)
This set contains three episodes from the show, with the fourth disc assembling seven short films skewered during the series’ run. Tom Servo serves as host. Many of the shorts are from the 50s, a time when many adults seemed to think that creating goofy films about careers in the industrial arts and home economics was the
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
I don't find most modern horror pictures scary. The ones that scare usually do so with ideas, reaching beyond our defenses to find and exploit a personal weakness.
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It’s one of the most memorable moments in cinema: Kevin McCarthy, the only witness to an alien takeover of a small California town, runs down a street shouting, “They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next!”
In Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, spores from outer space grow into huge pods capable of producing an exact likeness of another person, but with one telling difference: each “pod person” is completely lacking in human emotion.
Update the story to present day Hollywood, with soulless duplicates attempting to create a world free of complexity, emotion and individuality, and certain creative decisions made by the studios begin to make more sense. How do movies like Terminator Genisys get made? Because Pod People run Hollywood, and their agenda is to keep the masses ignorant and apathetic.
Think about it: faceless Corporations now control all the movie studios, which in turn control everything we see.
The fourth and latest film to be made from Finny’s story takes the pod people and plops them right into post-9/11 America. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Dave Kajganich, The Invasion follows psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman), whose ex-husband Cdc director Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam) is infected with a fungus that controls their host while investigating a space shuttle that has crash landed on Earth. Carol’s first inkling that something is wrong is when one of her patients, Wendy Lenk (Veronica Cartwright), claims that her husband has “changed”. Carol’s son, Oliver (Jackson Bond), then finds a strange spore while at a neighbor’s kid’s party. Thinking it might be related to the recent spate of flu outbreaks that have been reported on the news, she sends the sample to Doctor Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) to have a closer look. Ben finds out
While the first two movies stayed mostly true to each other and the novel they were based on, Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers greatly deviates from the established blueprint. Written by Nicholas St. John, Dennis Paoli and Stuart Gordon, the 1993 Body Snatchers eschews the small own motif and is instead set on a military base in an undisclosed location somewhere in Alabama. Our hero this time is Steve Malone (Terry Kinney), an agent of the Environmental Protection Agency (Epa), who is assigned to the base (with his family in tow) to see what effects the military outpost has on the neighboring flora. When they get there everything seems normal except for the MP who corners Malone’s daughter Marti (Gabrielle Anwar) and threatens her with a knife. Relieved that she shows emotion the MP warns her “they get you when you sleep”. The soldiers are also seemingly unemotional
Philip Kaufman directed and W.D. Richter wrote the screenplay for this superb second interpretation of Finny’s story. This time we are in San Francisco in the ‘70’s when we meet health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) and his work partner Elizabeth (Brooke Adams). Elizabeth begins to notice that her husband Geoffrey (Art Hindle) is acting strange of late; he is aloof and distant. When Elizabeth tells Matthew this he refers her to his psychiatrist friend Dr. Kibner (Leonard Nimoy). Kibner is a renowned and popular therapist who has published many self-help books on a variety of subjects. He tells Elizabeth that she is making up this fantasy of her husband acting strange in order to justify her subconscious need to end the relationship. As time passes Elizabeth’s worries are proven right when Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright), friends of Matthew, find
–I Monster “A Pod is Waiting”
What started out as a 120 page novella by Jack Finny published in 1955 has steadily become a quasi-film- franchise. The first film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, was released in 1956 which then went on to be remade three more times: in 1978 by Philip Kaufman, in 1993 (Body Snatchers) by Abel Ferrara and in 2007 (The Invasion) by director Oliver Hirschbiegel. While each version carries the same plot (an alien race that replaces humans with imposters) it is the political turmoil and current events and attitudes of the times that influence and change each interpretation of the story. Whether it be yuppie culture, McCarthyism or Militarism, each film carries its own agenda and spin on the matter and
So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!
Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112
2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996
3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247
4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348
5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121
6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641
7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842
8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325
9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887
10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713
11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272
12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021
13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284
14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089
15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097
16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634
17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991
18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764
19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350
20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532
21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945
22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376
23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159
24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726
25. 2.0 Fat Slags
Juan Piquer Simon could be considered Uwe Boll before there was an Uwe Boll. For a while there he was in many film circles considered the worst filmmaker; at least he was until Albert Pyun stole that mantle. I don’t really think either comparison is fair seeing as how I consider Slugs, Endless Descent, and Pieces to be damn fine b-movies. On the other hand, Pod People or Extraterrestrial Visitors or whatever you want to call it is so flippin’ terrible it’s really only best viewed with the accompaniment of Joel, Crow T. Robot,
Original Title: Slugs, muerte viscos
Released February 1998
For the second installment of The Liberal Dead’s look at the animal attack sub-genre, we will be taking a look at the 1988 Juan Piquer Simon (Pieces, The Pod People) film Slugs. Based on a 1982 Shaun Hutson novel by the same title, the film revolves around a rural community that becomes over run by carnivorous slugs. Unforgettably cheesy dialog, graphic gore, and a ton of laughs make this a must experience flick for fans of old-school 80s splatter.
This is most certainly one of those, so good its bad type of flicks. Best viewed with friends and perhaps some sort of mind-altering substance. The dialog is so hilariously poorly written and delivered that it is impossible to walk away from this film without memorizing some lines for future use in awkward conversations. One of the most strangely
According to IMDb; "Simon
Simón directed many underground and cult films such as The Pod People, Mystery on Monster Island, Slugs, and the low-budget classic slasher movie Pieces.
A while back Simón was quoted in an interview saying, "I know I've worked in a manner and with a genre that critics do not appreciate much." How true this is, and really always has been unfortunately.
We think he can rest assured that true horror fans appreciated him as well as the ones that will undoubtedly discover his films even after his physical presence is long gone from this world.
According to El Correo Juan Piquer Simón, director of The Pod People, Mystery on Monster Island, Slugs, and of course the ever-so-infamous low-budget slasher classic Pieces, has passed on at the age of 74 after a long battle with lung cancer.
A while ago during an interview overseas, Simón was quoted as saying, "I know I've worked in a manner and with a genre that critics do not appreciate much." We can only hope that he knew how much we the fans appreciated him.
At this time we here at Dread Central would like to honor the man and his work and extend our sincerest condolences to Simón's friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the screams and chills, my friend.
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