Snatchers

review by Bobby Blakey

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”

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There are so many horror films that come out of nowhere, but sadly more often than not they fail to bring anything overly memorable to the table. The latest, Snatchers looks to bring the laughs with the blood but is it an invasion fans will be ready to assimilate with or will it fail to make the connection?

Snatchers follows status-obsessed teen Sara who has sex for the first time and wakes up the next day nine months pregnant-with an alien. This is a simple premise that could have easily been a throw away film, but thanks to some over the top silliness and practical effects it ended up being a blast.

The story is filled with ridiculous fun bringing in numerous elements from not only the horror genre, but also the teen comedy. On the surface we are dealing with a creature feature of sorts, but as they fight to survive they have to deal with their normal teenage drama including friendship, pre-marital sex and relationships. This all comes together into a fun crazy movie that just works.

Sure the film is silly, but that is part of what makes it so good. This isn’t a scary movie, but it does offer up some great creature kills and that is really all that matters. There is a thin line between dumb and fun and this one knows it perfectly. There are some of the performances that are hit and miss, but thanks to the two leads Mary Nepi and Gabrielle Elyse they make it work. They have great chemistry and you believe in their struggling friendship.

There are some CGI moments, but for the most part it seems to be using mostly practical effects and I love it. The design of the creatures are simple and familiar on some levels, but it’s the way they use them to take over their victims that is fresh and new. I had a ton of fun here and hope this film finds its audience and have no doubt it will become a cult classic for years to come.