Assimilate – USA, 2019

Assimilate is a 2019 American science fiction horror feature film directed by John Murlowski (Zombie Hamlet; Freeway Killer; Amityville: A New Generation; Return of the Family Man) from a screenplay co-written with Steven Palmer Peterson (Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer). The movie stars Joel Courtney, Calum Worthy, Andi Matichak and Katherine McNamara.


Best friends Zach (Joel Courtney), Randy (Calum Worthy), and Kayla (Andi Matichak) discover that their neighbours are being killed and replaced by perfect copies of their victims.  Their only chance to survive is to covertly record the invasion in a desperate attempt to warn the world…


“You probably won’t watch it more than once. But Assimilate outplays 75% of Syfy’s regular programming. Set expectations to a similar frequency and you’ll find that the film is a fine contemporary remake of Body Snatchers that’s highly accessible for young adult audiences.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“This sci-fi story is not about the effects. Instead, it’s about the horror of losing both yourself and everyone you love. It’s the good old “copy-paste” story that you may have seen a few times before. Still, with Assimilate is works so well that you really don’t mind seeing it again. Don’t miss out on this little indie gem…” Karin Adelgaard, Heaven of Horror

” …despite its overly familiar premise, Assimilate does have quite a few good moments. A house under siege sequence that was obviously inspired by Night of the Living Dead. And a scene where two of the survivors try to pass for taken over much like in the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers  […] The scenes of the actual alien creatures are few but well done.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Joel Courtney … Zach Henderson – The Messengers TV series; Mercy; Super 8; R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour TV series
  • Calum Worthy … Randy Foster – Corporate AnimalsThe Thinning: New World Order; The Blackburn Asylum; Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour TV series; Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Andi Matichak … Kayla Shepard – Halloween (2018)
  • Katherine McNamara … Hannah – Shadowhunters TV series; Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls; R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour TV series; Girl vs. Monster
  • Cam Gigandet … Josh Haywood – Priest; Pandorum; The Unborn; Twilight
  • Mason McNulty … Joey Shepard
  • Terry Dale Parks … Pastor Greg – Cherokee Creek; Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Constantine TV series
  • Vito Viscuso … Larry Shepard
  • Jennifer Pierce Mathus … Beth Shepard – Door in the Woods; Dark Places
  • Kevin Remington … Mr. Henderson
  • Tonetta Weaver … Mrs. Henderson
  • Amye Gousset … Mrs. Bissette
  • Kyler Porche … Dylan
  • Megan Fay … Ashley
  • Byron Hughes … Sheriff

Production companies:

  • Boy Meets Girl Productions
  • Sprockefeller Pictures
  • Maple Island Films
  • WeatherVane Productions


The original title was Replicate


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