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…

Capricorn One

SUB-GENRES: Thriller DIRECTED BY: Peter Hyams WRITTEN BY: Peter Hyams RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: It’s a very good seventies thriller with a great uncover-the-mystery value, but don’t expect a modern, high octane rollercoaster ride. CAT FOOD: There’s an exceptional amount of food for thought as we witness first hand what fellow humans might be willing…

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,…

Super 8

SUB-GENRES: Thriller DIRECTED BY: J.J. Abrams WRITTEN BY: J.J. Abrams RELEASE: 2011 PEW PEW: The film is certainly exciting, but not action-packed. The scenes involving the *spoiler* are jarring and there are hectic escape scenes. CAT FOOD: We learn that letting go is important, and the *spoiler* helps to illustrate the lameness of being human,…

Chappie

SUB-GENRES: Thriller DIRECTED BY: Neill Blomkamp WRITTEN BY: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: Action takes a back seat on this one, but it is not non-existent. CAT FOOD: Heaps of existential deep thinking offered up against a degenerate backdrop. The great thing about Neill Blomkamp’s most bizarre outing to date is…

Interstellar

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Christopher Nolan WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan RELEASE: 2014 PEW PEW: The stakes are ever-changing and the suspense is real, but the story does not require action to make this happen. CAT FOOD: The film is rich with speculation on what we are and where we’re going,…