SNATCHERS (2019) Reviews and overview

  

Snatchers is a 2019 American science fiction comedy horror film about a teenager that gets pregnant and realises she has a monster of a baby!

Co-produced, edited and directed by Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman from a screenplay co-written with Scott Yacyshyn. The feature 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 (Don’t Log Off), 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 was released 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

Buy: Amazon.com

Reviews:

“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 gory horror, all while also being a 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

” …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

“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

” …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

Plot [may contain spoilers]:

A high school student Sara loses her virginity to her boyfriend Skyler. The next day, she wakes up and finds herself pregnant. She goes to a clinic with her friend Hayley. There, she gives birth to an alien creature. The creature then attacks and kills everyone in the clinic. Sara and Hayley escape but find that Sara is still pregnant with another creature.

They go to Dave, who runs a farm and specialises in animal reproduction. He plans to give a uterotonic to Sara, but they are interrupted in the process and arrested by officer Oscar Ruiz, who had been searching for Sara and Hayley to enquire about events in the clinic. He takes them to the police station and calls Sara’s mother. However, the police station is attacked by the creature which Sara gave birth to earlier and kills everyone in the station.

Sara gives birth to the second alien and the first alien controlling Sara’s mother takes it. Sara and Hayley go to Skyler’s house, where Sara realizes that Skyler is hyper horny for some reason and demands an explanation from him. But Skyler runs away from the house.

Sara and Hayley, with the help of Hayley’s brother, hack Skyler’s computer and find that Skyler has broken an ancient Mayan doll while on a trip to Mexico which released a gas that he inhaled. They realise that the creature is using human beings to procreate and has gone to Sara’s friend Kiana’s party. They go to the party and fight with the monsters and kill them and save Sara’s mother.

In the post-credits scene, Skyler is bound and being taken somewhere by a couple of government agents.

Release:

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

Cast and characters:

Mary Nepi … Sara
Gabrielle Elyse … Hayley
J.J. Nolan … Kate
Austin Fryberger … Skyler
Nick Gomez … Oscar
Rich Fulcher … Dave
Ashley Argota … Kiana
Amy Landecker … Nurse Cheryl
Logan Rogan … Mr Rubin
Alex Skinner … Jerome
Amy Arburn … Blair
Gabriella Gourdin … Tegan
Mark Sande … Dr Friedman
David Christian Welborn … Bill Cole
Tod Huntington … Detective Davidson
Walter Platz … Officer Marks
Mike Lee … Detective Rogers
Coral Chambers … Kate’s Classmate
John-Paul Howard … Hot Dude
Caroline Patz … Jess
Johnny Visotcky … Cody
Micah McNeil … Hunk
Kelsey Leos Montoya … Super Drunk Teen
Sarah Minnich … Beautiful Woman
Melissa Chambers … Store Clerk
Joseph Garcia … Peña
Monique Candelaria … Alvarez

Running time:

93 minutes

Trailer:

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