There have been at least four versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The first two were well received, and the most recent (staring Nicole Kidman) was fairly mediocre. But this third take on the concept, directed by Abel Ferrara, is rarely mentioned. It takes the premise of the other films and sets it on an army base, with a young girl trying to save her family. The claustrophobia gained by the setting takes everything up a notch, resulting in a constant state of dread. Plus, Gabrielle Anwar gets naked. So there’s that.
Made in 2007, this film sat on the shelf until it received a direct to video release in 2009. Thats usually a bad sign, but not in this case. A horror anthology in the style of the old Creepshow movies, Trick ‘r Treat weaves together several short stories of terror, all of which are slightly interrelated. It’s often funny as well as scary, which is difficult balance for a horror film to achieve.
This classic was so disliked at the time of it’s 1960 release that it pretty much ended the career of it’s director, Michael Powell. Since that time, the story of a creepy young photographer obsessed with capturing the terror of his victims on film has begun to find the following it deserves. It’s only fault was being ahead of its time. Psycho, which featured many similar themes, and was released only a few months later to acclaim.