Thursday, July 7, 2011

Seedpeople (1992)

A crashed meteorite begins transforming the locals of a small town into mindless drones in Charles Band's reworking of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Taking away from the subtlety of the original, director Peter Manoogian instead has his villains morph into the hideously deformed Seedpeople, mossy reptiles that look to take over the Earth! Although it is easy to see a hint of influence from CRITTERS here in the design and movement of the creatures, Band and company generously dip into Jack Finney's original conceptions without the due credit. For what it is, SEEDPEOPLE offers decent special effects and costuming, but moreover, it is competently acted by the entire cast, who overcome the B-movie material by taking their performances seriously and working to make the best film possible despite the stagnant storyline. Sam Hennings is particularly convincing as the paranoid geologist that discovers the alien menace, with decent backup from Bernard Kates as the crazed Doc Roller. That still doesn't bring the film up much from its overall cheese, but B-movie fans with Full Moon on the mind will find plenty to like here.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked SEEDPEOPLE, check out:
INVASION OF THE POD PEOPLE, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, THE FACULTY.

2 comments:

  1. I see someone was inspired by Impossibly-Cool Cover Art...about a year later.

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  2. Daily my friend, daily. Impossibly awesome movie?

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