Family moves to military base for the summer, but the soldiers are behaving even more strangely than usual. Is it a toxic spill as suggested or is it something more sinister? Written by
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The novel Marti's reading in the car at the beginning is "The Cement Garden" by Ian McEwan. See more »
In the opening sequences, Marti is sitting on the right side of the car looking out the window. When it cuts to show her viewpoint of the moon and passing trees, the perspective is as if she were on the left side of the car. See more »
Where you gonna go, where you gonna run, where you gonna hide? Nowhere... 'cause there's no one like you left.
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Ferrara's riff on the Bodysnatchers story takes us onto a military base this time, as an environmental scientist and his family arrive to take up a month long placement. Are those soldiers unemotional because they're soldiers or because of something more sinister? Ferrara's film doesn't really work in the end, but it does contain some highly effective set pieces - the eery collection of refuse sacks each morning, the nursery class creating identical paintings, the first attempt to 'snatch' Marti as she dozes in the bath. Best of all though has to be Meg Tilly. By allowing Carol to be cool towards her step-daughter from the beginning, Ferrara hints at what is to come, and her final attempt to persuade her terrified 'husband' to give in to the inevitable is a brilliantly chilling study in quiet menace. Always more interesting than her 'in-yer-face' sister Jennifer, it makes you wonder why Meg retired from the screen two years later.
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