At HorrorSquad: I see INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS for the First time.

Posted by Peter Hall - August 20th 2009 @ 12:26 pm

I have a confession to make. More accurately, I have a series of confessions to make. I’ve seen Ice Spiders, Frankenfish and Rock Monster. I haven’t seen Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, Romero’s Night of the Living Dead or a single film starring Bela Lugosi. I am not proud of this fact. Truth is, I was born in the middle of the ’80s and didn’t start liking horror until five or so years ago. I’ve got nothing against the classics, I just never got around to seeing most of them.

When my addiction to the fantastic first started to rage I decided to throw my full weight into new-genre, which is why I have a Sauron-esque eye for contemporary global horror. If it was made before 1985, however, the chances of me having seen it drop exponentially. But I’m tired of having to replace my phone every time the speaker explodes from Scott Weinberg’s incredulous screams of, “You haven’t seen WHAT?!

Thus a new HorrorSquad feature is born. Think of this as the bearded evil twin to Elisabeth Rappe’s The Horror Virgin series. I’m far from a virgin, but I blush like one when someone mentions a canonical film I’ve never seen. So please, join me in the re-education of a horror hound. Veteran minds will pick the movie, I’ll provide a newbie’s gut reaction.

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  1. John LaTour
    August 20th, 2009 | 1:24 pm | #1

    “For the record, DAWN is my favorite.”
    http://horrorsnotdead.com/wpress/2008/review-diary-of-the-dead/#comment-14328

    No more Sci-Fi Channel originals for you until you’ve seen at least NotLD and Son of Frankenstein.

    Oh, and damn you for making me feel old. Again.

  2. adam charles
    August 20th, 2009 | 4:24 pm | #2

    Okay Peter. We need to have us a little bit of a month-long education in horror history.

  3. lookf4r
    August 21st, 2009 | 6:27 am | #3

    the first remake of body snatchers is pretty damn good too.

  4. R.J. Sayer
    August 21st, 2009 | 10:20 am | #4

    it’s pretty awesome, but i still prefer the original starring Kevin McCarthy.

    oh, and Peter…

    “I haven’t seen Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, Romero’s Night of the Living Dead or a single film starring Bela Lugosi.”

    SERIOUSLY?

    DRACULA, asshole. NOW.

    no questions. no bullshit. stop whatever you’re doing. stop looking at whatever article about fossilized crab-like squid creatures washing up on the shore of whatever Norwegian country. stop setting your fucking TiVo for whatever bullshit SyFy thing featuring a badly-CG’d scorpion with dragonfly wings whose stinger spins toxic spiderwebs in Antarctica. stop writing whatever fucking angry reaction to whatever bullshit magazine’s “top 20 horror movies to feature Wes Craven’s name somewhere in the credits” list. stop all that shit.

    right now.

    and watch fucking DRACULA.

    DRACU-FUCKING-LA, homey.

    Now.

  5. R.J. Sayer
    August 21st, 2009 | 10:23 am | #5

    oh. and then you will watch NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

    and then BLACK CHRISTMAS.

    and then and ONLY THEN, will you be allowed to return to all that other shit you were doing.

  6. Randy
    August 21st, 2009 | 9:11 pm | #6

    When in the fuck are you going to watch Silver Bullet too bitch. I’ve been on you about that one for over a year. Watch now!!!

  7. R.J. Sayer
    August 22nd, 2009 | 1:21 am | #7

    shhh, Randy. don’t bother Peter. he’s watching DRACULA.

  8. Randy
    August 22nd, 2009 | 7:37 am | #8

    Yeah, right after he gets off his twitter account.

  9. R.J. Sayer
    August 23rd, 2009 | 1:06 pm | #9

    Randy, i’m getting the feeling that you and i need to break into his house, restrain him, take all his little nerd toys away from him and spend a weekend forcing him to watch all of these things he’s missed out on, my man. Clockwork Orange-style if necessary.

  10. Randy
    August 23rd, 2009 | 7:35 pm | #10

    R.J., if only Austin weren’t so far away…

  11. August 24th, 2009 | 2:34 pm | #11

    Fuck the both of ya.

  12. Randy
    August 24th, 2009 | 3:43 pm | #12

    Fuck both of us with a Silver Bullet? And not the Coors kind, but the cool werewolf kind?

  13. Ripp
    August 24th, 2009 | 4:14 pm | #13

    Peter gettin’ dominated!

  14. Randy
    August 24th, 2009 | 8:43 pm | #14

    Beating down Peter is an easy task. Hell, it was done by my at the time 8 month old son who came up to him and wanted picked up. Peter was scared shitless. He walks all over the place now Peter, and screams loud for no reason, it would be your worst nightmare come true…that is besides goblin sharks.

  15. August 25th, 2009 | 9:23 am | #15

    If a cat came over and was staring at me, it’s getting picked up. If the thing you cherish most in this world walks over to me and starts staring at me you’re lucky if I don’t smash it to pieces out of spite.

  16. August 25th, 2009 | 9:25 am | #16

    Did Peter just threaten to kill a baby?

  17. August 25th, 2009 | 9:28 am | #17

    Did Brian just learn to read? Of course I threatened to kill Randy’s baby! Why wouldn’t I? With his stupid smiles at the world and his no-good, genuinely loving parents.

  18. Randy
    August 25th, 2009 | 3:25 pm | #18

    My kid would simply grab Peter, put him in a full-nelson, and then throw him out the window. He’d then proceed to tell him he better say more prayers and eat more vitamins. Or go to another dimension where hopefully he can’t be beaten up by small children.

  19. R.J. Sayer
    August 26th, 2009 | 6:41 pm | #19

    i feel we’re getting a bit off message here.

    the important task at hand, people, remains FORCING PETER TO WATCH FUCKING DRACULA AS SOON AS GODDAMN POSSIBLE.

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