The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.  Written by Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa.  Starring Addison Timlin, Spencer Treat Clark, Anthony Anderson, Joshua Leonard, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole and Edward Herrmann. Plot: decades after the Phantom murders in Texarkana, someone starts killing again with the same M.O. paying particularly stalky attention to one teenage girl. In 2013, on Halloween, a masked … Continue reading The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Alien (1979)

Directed by Ridley Scott.  Written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett.  Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright. Plot: a commercial spaceship picks up an S.O.S. from an unknown planet and what they find when they get there is a dangerous alien. The Nostromo spaceship … Continue reading Alien (1979)

The Invasion (2007)

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.  Written by David Kajganich (and still based on the Jack Finney novel).  Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jeffrey Wright and Veronica Cartwright. Plot: same as always, there's aliens, we can't sleep or they take us over - however, there's no pods in this one, which I don't mind - … Continue reading The Invasion (2007)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Directed by Philip Kaufman.  Written by W. P. Richter based (loosely) on the Jack Finney novel.  Starring Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy and Donald Sutherland. Plot: a group of people discover the human race is being replaced by emotionless doppelgangers This body snatcher movie is critically acclaimed and we can totally see … Continue reading Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

The Birds (1963)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock (directing God).  Screenplay written by Evan Hunter and story by Daphne Du Maurier.  Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette. Plot: a snobby woman comes to Bodega Bay and must learn to be a little more tough and a little less silly when birds start viciously … Continue reading The Birds (1963)