SNATCHERS (2019) Reviews and overview

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Snatchers is a 2019 American science fiction comedy horror feature film co-produced, edited and directed by Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman from a screenplay co-written with Scott Yacyshyn. It is based on their web series and 2015 short film of the same name.

The movie stars Mary Nepi, Gabrielle Elyse, Austin Fryberger, JJ Nolan, Nick Gomez, Ashley Argota, Amy Arburn, Amy Landecker and Rich Fulcher.

Home viewing release:

Snatchers has been picked up by Warner Bros. for a home entertainment release. On January 7th 2020 Snatchers will show on Digital platforms, including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu and Xbox.

Snatchers will be available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo on February 18th 2020 with the following special features:

  • The Birth of Snatchers: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Unexpected: The Snatchers Blooper Reel
  • Commentary featuring Directors and Writers Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman and Writer Scott Yacyshyn



Sara’s one of the cool kids… but she’s totally terrified of losing her status. She’d be a lot more secure if she could just win back her super-hot ex, Skyler, but he’s not interested unless they move to the next level. She decides to take the plunge — but something about Skyler changed on his summer trip to Mexico… something in his nards.

Sara wakes the next morning only to find that she’s nine-months pregnant. Desperate to keep this under wraps, she turns to the only person she can trust: her nerdy ex-best friend, Hayley. But after a trip to the clinic results in Sara birthing something other-worldly, the girls realise their night is only just getting started…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Somehow even the gore was humorous. Snatchers is the kind of film you’ll easily be able to watch multiple times. Something tells me it only gets funnier (and more socio-culturally relevant) with each viewing.” Black Girl Nerds

“Overall, Snatchers is a story about a girl finding self-worth, mending broken relationships, and female empowerment through the process of killing horny murderous aliens […] Snatchers is a combination of suspense, raunchy comedy, and tasteful dash gorey horror, all while also being poignant metaphor for teenage pregnancy.” But Why Tho? 

“Considering its clean digital look and deceptive high school setup, it wouldn’t be wrong to describe the wild romp as a demented Disney Channel production gone devilishly haywire. As long as you can take the touchy topic of teen pregnancy with a tidal wave of whimsical wickedness, Snatchers can surely claw vigorously at even the most stubborn horror-comedy itch.” Culture Crypt

“Unfortunately, Snatchers isn’t as scary as its premise suggests, or as sharp as it intends to be, its commentary on the cultural dynamics around teenage sex and pregnancy are never as clever as the movie thinks they are – but it still delivers a fun time at the movies and an entertaining riff on high school movies.” Dread Central

“Sara’s life is already hell thanks to bitchy classmates and a boyfriend whose pushiness about sex has landed her in a world of trouble, but this latest turn is a ferocious fetus too far. Well, for her… for the rest of us the result is pure comedic bliss with whip-smart dialogue and visual gags both hilarious and gory.” Film School Rejects

” …Snatchers underuses its appealing older cast members (Nolan and the likeable Nick Gomez) but milks a good gag or two out of younger ones. Its level of laugh-scare-ick energy never approaches that of the genre pix that inspired it, but for something that was almost stuck being consumed in eight-minute chunks on cellphones, it’s a credible debut.” The Hollywood Reporter

“A film for fans who don’t mind a few laughs punctuating their gore gags, Snatchers is definitely a crowd-pleaser that will have horror fans rolling in the aisles. Apart from a questionable plot detail about the insidious alien presence coming from Mexico – I’m sure you can hear my eyes rolling from here – Snatchers is a big ball of fun…” Screen Anarchy

” …a wildly entertaining and appropriately badass girl-power monster mash that comes with a message: actions have consequences, but never hopelessness […] Snatchers slices through all the “horrors” of unexpected pregnancy while rocketing straight into equal parts American Pie vs. Species humor, social relevance (great recurring “xenophobia” gag), and batten-down-the-hatches invasion ferocity.” /Film

” …Snatchers is a delightfully quirky, bloody, razor-sharp horror comedy that had the midnight crowd cheering along until the credits rolled.” Syfy Wire

“The film percolates along thanks to the comic esprit of the players, snappy visual and editorial presentation, and the screenplay’s Clueless-like fountain of entertainingly over-the-top youth slang. There’s some gore here, yet Snatchers is so good-naturedly true to an adolescent viewpoint, it lands closer to pre-fall Lindsay Lohan terrain than the R-rated black-comedy likes of such vaguely similar sci-fi/horror joints as The Faculty or The Hidden.” Variety

Snatchers has buckets of gore and a premise worthy of David Cronenberg, but it isn’t a scary movie; it’s a satire of high school, but not a biting one. And the film’s strong points are diluted by broad clichés from both its genre traditions. For every distinctive idea, there’s a generic joke.” The Verge


Snatchers had its world premiere at the South by South West Film Festival (SXSW) on March 10, 2019.

Production credits:

Cinematographer: Nate Hurtsellers
Production Designer: Rocky Jackson, Ying-Te Julie Chen
Sound Designer: Jacob Proctor
Music: Christopher Doucet

Running time:

93 minutes


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