Aliens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Horror DIRECTED BY: James Cameron WRITTEN BY: James Cameron (screenplay); James Cameron, David Giler, & Walter Hill (story) RELEASE: 1986 PEW PEW: Unlike its predecessor, Aliens brings action to the forefront, delivering a pulse-pounding and unrelentingly exciting experience. CAT FOOD: The film also holds up in terms of social commentary. It addresses…

The Invasion

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Oliver Hirschbiegel WRITTEN BY: David Kajganich (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: This is certainly the most consistently action-driven of the Body Snatchers adaptations. CAT FOOD: The Invasion marks a return to deeper social commentary. It drums up some fairly decent questions about…

Invasion of the Pod People

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Drama / Sexploitation / Mockbuster DIRECTED BY: Justin Jones WRITTEN BY: Leigh Scott (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 2007 PEW PEW: Nope. CAT FOOD: People are frisky. Aliens are friskier. Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers and its concept left an indelible mark on me and, as such,…

Body Snatchers

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Abel Ferrara WRITTEN BY: Stuart Gordon & Dennis Paoli and Nicholas St. John (screenplay); Raymond Cistheri & Larry Cohen (story); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1993 PEW PEW: Toward the end there is a great deal more action than normally occurs in a Body Snatchers film,…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Philip Kaufman WRITTEN BY: W.D. Richter (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: While not an action flick, this version of Finney’s Body Snatchers features pulse-pounding suspense and engaging mystery. It’s riveting even in its quietest moments. CAT FOOD: This film’s concept…

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Don Siegel WRITTEN BY: Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1956 PEW PEW: Not an action flick, but it’s also far from a bore. The film does build into a frantic escape. CAT FOOD: The film is meant to reflect the fear of communist…

Abducted by the Daleks

SUB-GENRES: Sexploitation / Horror / Garbage / WTF?! DIRECTED BY: Don Skaro WRITTEN BY: Billy Hartnell RELEASE: 2005 PEW PEW: Nope. CAT FOOD: The ‘film’ seems to exist only as a tribute to how truly unstable the thing’s creators must surely be. So then there’s the Dalek porno that’s totally not porn. Now, before you…

The Alien Factor

SUB-GENRES: Horror DIRECTED BY: Don Dohler WRITTEN BY: Don Dohler RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: Nah, it’s not a very engaging picture, but stuff happens and it’s amusing. CAT FOOD: Don’t let a zoo ruin your amusement park. I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before, “that movie is so bad it’s good.” Well, Don Dohler’s…

Beyond the Black Rainbow

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Horror DIRECTED BY: Panos Cosmatos WRITTEN BY: Panos Cosmatos RELEASE: 2010 PEW PEW: Watching the hour hand move on a clock is a more action-packed experience. CAT FOOD: It is possible that this film contains a multitude of social commentaries. The fact that everything is so cryptic begs one to come up…

Contamination

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Luigi Cozzi WRITTEN BY: Luigi Cozzi & Erich Tomek RELEASE: 1980 PEW PEW: Mostly suspense-oriented. Very little action. CAT FOOD: If anyone attacks us through coffee, we’re fucked. Two major events happened in the late seventies that changed science fiction film forever. The first was Star Wars in 1977,…

Chopping Mall

SUB-GENRES: Horror DIRECTED BY: Jim Wynorski WRITTEN BY: Jim Wynorski & Steve Mitchell RELEASE: 1986 PEW PEW: Some really cool and very satisfying death scenes. The robots seem limited in function, but they’re neat to watch. CAT FOOD: Nobody home. The movie is a straight-forward popcorn flick absent of social commentary. I come from the…

Inseminoid

SUB-GENRES: Horror DIRECTED BY: Norman J. Warren WRITTEN BY: Nick & Gloria Maley RELEASE: 1981 PEW PEW: Loads of gruesome deaths and some suspense, but it’s not edge-of-the-seat. CAT FOOD: Inseminoid is a vehicle for its gruesome kill scenes with no real social commentary or dramatic depth of any kind. Whenever a film like Alien…