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The idea of flesh eating bugs is creepy enough, I suppose. The spoiler
is that nobody actually gets eaten. It's the threat of it hanging out
there that gets you. But not even a nibble occurs. That's unnecessarily
squeamish. Makes me think the script probably called for some bite
marks or maybe some guy named Bob being consumed, but the producers
didn't have the stomach for going through with it.
Anyway, David Vincent is as serious as ever and remarkably forgiving after the boyfriend, Ed, of the woman he's trying to enlist in the resistance beats him unconscious. Later on, Vincent goes to Ed's house to try to enlist him. Does he want another beating? The hero is pretty desperate by this point. He is fairly desperate throughout.
My nomination for moment of inevitable futility is when he realizes that the chief of police is an alien so he calls the state police, but he doesn't give the statie any reason not to call the local police and alert them to the fact that Vincent is calling in the outside world; so the statie does just that and puts the phony police chief onto Vincent. That was predictable. Before that, Vincent sends poor Ellen, the victimized woman he is trying to help, back to the home of Mr. Ames who clearly does not have her best interest at heart. It's another predictably disastrous decision that precipitates the climactic crisis that could have been avoided by more thinking. I mean, I know there would not have been a story without a climactic crisis, but do stupid mistakes have to be the cause of the climactic crisis?
Once again, the aliens seem like Wiley Coyote with a perfectly good scheme of the week for destroying humanity, and when David "Road Runner" Vincent foils it this time, they never retry the same scheme on a different day in another country. No, they altogether abandon the approach that almost worked, check out the Acme Catalog, and order a new gizmo guaranteed to further their evil plan. When that one almost but doesn't succeed they'll abandon that one, too.
Also, very strange conceit about a whole town of unfriendly, suspicious people. If they are so suspicous, how did they let numerous aliens from outer space into their community? Weren't they the least bit suspicious when these newcomers started buying up the land of neighbors who had been scared off?
And bag those bad special effects: when the insect lab blows up, it just looks like red marks appear on the film that obviously are not in the real world. No budget for a real explosion, I guess.
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