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One of my favorite early 80's sci-fi movies. Great cast.
Co-written and directed by Michael Lauglin A cross between "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Village of the Damn" involving the wife, Margaret (Diana Scarwid) telling his ex-husband, Charles Bigelow (Paul Le Mat) to look after their son while she is away visiting relatives. Because of the fact that his ex-wife neither contacted him after looking after him more than enough time, he decides to go visit the small town in hopes of tracking her down, except that many of the townsman are queer, and have no idea what he is even talking about. And as a result of attempting to leave, an alien attempt to take him hostage by shooting electricity from it's fingers. As some of the humans are really aliens taking human life form.
Hokey from beginning to end!
Fairly fun secret invasion movie. Falls back on the nostalgia of the 50s alien flicks and sends it up. I feel it would've been stronger with a better lead though. Le Mat just seems little more than mildly annoyed throughout the movie...
How telling that the critics loved it and the audience didn't. It was a huge box office bomb, and justly so. This had no funny parts to it at all. It was played straight and so was too dated for an 80s film. If it was trying to mock films from the 50s, it only succeeded in being a 50s film and a boring one with bad acting. It certainly didn't measure up to The Day The Earth Stood Still, which was playing on the TV in one scene. Just a bad movie.
Another alien abduction movie, not that strange.
Throwback B movie horror....I'm in.
This is the second of an uncompleted "Strange Trilogy," the first of which was the also entertaining and underrated "Strange Behavior". A complete throwback to films sci-fi film of the 1950s like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", this film tells the story of an isolated town who newcomers Paul Le Mat and Nancy Allen find their behavior rather peculiar. From there, the film takes some fun and outrageous turns. Directed by Michael Laughlin and written by Bill Condon, who would later go onto write and direct much classier of films like "Kinsey" and "Gods and Monsters". Lousice Fletcher, Wallace Shawn and June Lockhart also appear.
Ultimately this lives up to the feel of a midnight movie with its tone similar to sci-fi of yesteryear mixed in with the 80's. Some of the effects are cool while others are cheesed out. Every time I started to get bored something would happen. I almost feel like this could go along in a marathon of Night of the Creeps, Night of the Comet, and Invaders from Mars..
Aliens overtake Centerville, Illinois (although noted as Middletown, Idaho on Vestron Video box) in 1958 and remain on Earth never progressing beyond the 1950s. Interesting premise with some cult appeal that never quite delivers on its promise or captures its 50s nostalgia attempt. Was nominated for several Saturn awards, indicating it did receive acceptance in sci-fi circles.