Melissa is a hard working member
of a modeling agency who begins to notice some disturbing changes in
behavior from her coworkers. Normally unpleasant and difficult
models become very friendly (very friendly) with everyone, while pleasant
people start to act difficult. The only common factor between
all of these sudden reversals in personality is the presence of a strange
looking plant. After being freaked out and tossing the plant she
was given into her garbage disposal she is shocked to discover it bleeds!
Not only does it bleed but also the blood is hers. Soon Melissa
and an ever-shrinking group of friends try to leave the city while dodging
those that have already been replaced.
This is another one of those
movies from Asylum that tries to take advantage of a bigger budget Hollywood
film by having a similar theme and story. While some of them have
been entertaining like War of the World and Snakes on a Train this one
really misses the mark. The story is slow, pointless, and painfully
boring. There are huge lapses in logic that even a rabid fan of
low budget movies will not be able to ignore. For example when
a man breaks into the house of the main female character so that he
can warn her about the pod people before shooting himself we don’t
even get a scene with the police showing up at her home. Hell
the very next scene is her going to a pawnshop to buy a gun (I guess
she believed suicidal crazy guy!). It isn’t until later in the
movie do we get a scene with a plain clothes detective visiting her
to talk about the dead guy in her living room that we even know she
called the cops. In addition to a very confusing narrative the
movie also suffers from a terrible cast. Normally I try and find
at least one cast member that I can say something nice about, but in
the case of this movie I can’t find a single one. The entire
cast is amateur at best, with most of them delivering their dialogue
as if they were reading it off of cue cards. I won’t even begin
to describe how bad the attempts at showing emotion or the casts attempts
to react to the “horrors” of the film. Seriously this cast
is so bad that even the big lesbian make out scene isn’t convincing.
Bottom line is that even by the standards of cheapie low budget movies
the acting is terrible.
I suppose that I should take
the time here to mention some of the technical aspects of the movie.
First of all let’s talk a little bit about the special effects.
The movie uses some CGI, but does so very briefly which effectively
hides how badly it was done. The practical effects are a joke.
They clearly are using the same stupid plant over and over again because
even when the actors are tossing them in the garbage or “destroying”
them they are doing so very gently. The scenes where the pod people
“hatch” out of their cocoons is nothing more than the actors squirming
a bit underneath a clear piece of plastic! Even the gunshots are
handled poorly with the muzzle of the gun always being off screen and
the cast having to act (guess how convincing that is) that they have
just fired a gun. It is pretty clear that they had no money for
any real effects and lacked to talent to make up for it. In addition
to really poor special effects the movie looks as if it was shot with
a really cheap camera. This is only made worse by how poorly the
scenes are light. Additionally it seems in some of the scenes
that they chose to use just the microphone that is built in the camera
because you get all sorts of wind noise and the actors dialogue drops
in and out. Invasion of the Pod People
is a really bad movie that I can’t recommend that anyone sit thru.
Avoid this turkey at all costs.
Rating - 1/2*
-John "El Juan" Shatzer