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Enjoyable low-budget variant on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
1 March 2013

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The citizens of Comet Valley are being taken over by seeds from an alien plant that has taken root in the area. Geologist Tom Baines (a likable performance by Sam Hennings) investigates the strange goings-on. Director Peter Manoogian, working from a compact script by Jackson Barr, relates the entertaining premise at a steady pace, maintains a serious tone throughout, crafts a nice isolated small town atmosphere, and stages the alien attack set pieces with verve. The competent acting by the earnest no-name cast keeps the picture humming: Andrea Roth as feisty innkeeper Heidi Tucker, Dane Witherspoon as jerky deputy Brad Yates, Bernard Kates as nutty drunk Doc Roller, Holly Fields as the petulant Kim Tucker, and Sonny Carl Davis as the amiable Bud Mosely. The special effects are pretty gnarly; the giant tumbleweed monsters in particular are a real hoot. This movie deserves extra points for the surprise downbeat ending. Moreover, there's a cheap'n'cheesy charm to this film that's impossible to either resist or dislike. Adolfo Bartoli's cinematography makes neat occasional use of a prowling Steadicam. Bob Mithoff's understated moody score does the brooding trick. A fun little B-flick quickie.

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Seeds of horror.

Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
27 July 2004

Peter Manoogian's "Seedpeople" is a silly horror film about people being taken over by a plant monsters in a small town of Comet Valley.The action is slow-moving,the monsters are completely unscary and there is no gore.The film is a blatant copy of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers",so anyone who is looking for some new ideas will be disappointed.The monsters by John Carl Buechler are among the most laughable movie creatures in recent years.The script by Jackson Barr is truly lame and the direction by Peter Manoogian ("Demonic Toys","Eliminators") is not better.The film may be marginally entertaining,if you're in the right mood.My rating:5 out of 10 and that's being really generous.

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Cheesy? Lame? Dull? Boring? Rip-Off? Low Budget?

Author: BHorrorWriter from Ohio, USA
16 April 2001

The answer to all the questions above....YES!!

I remember the first time I saw the poster for this movie in the Video store by my grandmothers apartment. I was maybe 10 or 11, and has been an instant fan of early Full Moon movies. When this finally arrived at the video store, I rented it the next time I stayed over my Grandmothers. I remember thinking that it wasn't too bad but what did I know at that age. Anyway....It stuck in my mind for all these years. Maybe a year or two ago, I happened upon this video in a small video store (similar to the one by my grandmothers, which has gone under and is now a baptist church), and I rented it. I have not seen this movie in any of the main stream video stores, and picked it up. Watched it again, and realized: It was a slow paced, rip off, at times dull, and boring movie, which does have bad special effects, silly looking monster (though I do like them). This movie is not scary, the acting is better than most of the full moon movies nowadays. I don't know...I love Full Moon movies, mostly the older ones from when they started out....I own upwards of 30+ Full Moon movies, and continue to collect them...I got this little gem, in far better than mint condition on ebay, like most of the older ones I have.....This is a movie to have in a collections, like mine....I am a Horror Movie Freak and have some of the worst ones made....but they are fun to watch...pick out the mistakes, hate the way they always end...etc

I would have really liked to have seen a sequel to this one....however, Full Moon only makes sequel if the videos do well...Or it is one of the Puppet Master Movies....When 10 years have passed almost, and i don't think I will see the sequel.....i could write it, but Full Moon does except from unknown writers....

Also, take in to condiseration this movie probably had a budget of like 300-500 thousand if that. Their movies now only have like 100,000 and under....since their separation from paramount, the movies seem a little worse..

watch, rent, buy this is for fans only.....

6 out of 10

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Author: Prolox from Canada
28 August 2010

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B movie Producer CHARLES BAND'S FULL MOON ENTERTAINMENT, sends up all those cheesy alien take over movies of the 50's/60's/70's with this rip-off of the far superior INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 56'/78'. SAM HENNINGS stars as a scientist, who arrives in a small town called Comet Valley, where he soon finds the locals that were once friendly & very colourful, have now turned into dull, lifeless & very weird acting residents. Upon further investigation, he comes to the terrifying realization as too why, as they are being possessed by alien monsters from another planet, that have plans for world domination. With the help of a semi crazed scientist/doctor, his former girlfriend & her niece, he attempts to save the residents & return them back to their old state & kill the aliens, but can he? or will he too join the pact or worse, die trying to stop them? SEED PEOPLE is a film I have not seen since the day it first came to new release. I saw & loved pretty much all of FULLMOON'S films at the time except for this one.........Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate the film, but I don't particularly like it that much either. I felt the same back then & I was quiet young (too young to see this) which is kind of shocking, considering anything with a monster in it would be cool to a grade school kid. Recently I was able to see it again, to see if it had improved any, sadly it did not. The film like I said is a complete rip-off of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS & pretty much any alien invasion/takeover film made. SEED PEOPLE doesn't mind borrowing the story, but it's filmmakers don't do anything new or ground breaking with their worn down & tired old story. The special effects were pretty decent, but the direction is mediocre & it isn't helped by the casting either, as the actors here aren't very good. The characters their playing could have been interesting had they had good actors in the part, but since they didn't, you can't really get to get behind the people, especially when the action kicks in. The heroine is the main problem since she comes off as so bull headed that you want to see her die (& thankfully by the time the films credits are ready to roll to signify the end of the film she does get possessed) The story doesn't involve one to much & the way to turn a person from a "seed people" to a human again is laughable. All in all, it's not terrible, just not one of FULL MOON'S best films. In fact, unless you're a die hard FULL MOON fan, I say skip this & rent the far better acted/directed/scary/suspenseful & interesting INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 56'/78 instead.

**1/2 stars

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The Root of all Evil...

Author: barnthebarn from Oxford, England
22 March 2005

Seed People contains some great acting. It also features fairly strong gore, especially during the death scenes. The townsfolk, for some unexplained reason, show little surprise, or amazement at the moist, sucking plants (huh?, exactly!). Andrea Roth makes an attractive 'herione' and alongside lead gent Hennings sizzle with chemistry. Bernard Kates (as Doc) is certainly over playing his mad scientist role a bit but its all part of the fun. The stupid 'open-ending' does not help one bit, presumably paving the way for a sequel but something more satisfying here would perhaps have made such a follow up more feasible. Despite being a little steady and ridiculous in parts this is never far from good fun. The original idea is from Charles Band. The music is by Perry Bullington but musical services are provided by Richard Band Productions.

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What a lame conception...

Author: BUTCHER-5 from Poland
16 December 1999

This flick reminds me some really bad science-fiction movies from 50's and 60's.It is not scary or interesting,but it's dull,cheesy and stupid.Special effects are laughable,all actors are ludicrous and the ending is simply awful.Don't waste your money,rent or buy something better.I give it 3.5 out of 10( I found this turkey quite amusing because of its stupidity).

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A seedy cowflop for cactus heads... :=8P

Author: MooCowMo from Mooport Moos, VA
7 September 1999

"Plants are the most cunning and vicious of all life forms", informs one dopey would-be victim in "The Seedpeople", a silly, flaccid remake of "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers", "Day of the Triffids", and about a thousand udder moovies. And why are seeds moore dangerous than plants, one might ask? Because, according to the same dolt, "seeds can chase us". Yes, I can remember one horrifying incident when the MooCow was just a calf, being chased all the way home from school by ravenous dandylion seed... Yeah, right. Unfortunately, the "monsters" in this seedy little turkey kind of look like shaggy little muppets, some of which roll around like evil tumbleweeds, others which sail about on strings. There's not even the tiniest inkling of terror or suspense to be found here. For reasons left unexplained, the seed monsters are knocked out by 50 volt ultra-violet lights, even though they can walk about in the daylight, which has about 1,000,000,000,000 times more uv energy. As you can see, not much thought was put into this cow flop. The MooCow says go weed yer garden instead of wasting your photosynthesis here. :=8P

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