Sara (Mary Nepi) is a pretty, popular high school student but she has a problem. She was dumped by her boyfriend, Skyler (Austin Fryberger) because she wanted to wait to have sex. But when Skyler comes back from his Mexican summer vacation, and Sara sees how tan and cute he is, she knows she’ll do anything to get him back.
This is where the problems start.
Well ok no, really the problems start with the fact that SNATCHERS opens with four girls sitting in a classroom having a conversation that was obviously written by a 30-year-old man who doesn’t spend any time with teenage girls. But we’re gonna to let that slide, and for the sake of this review, not talk about the fact the dialogue of pretty much the whole movie felt forced, made up, and just wanted really badly to be cool.
So back to Sara and Skyler. Desperate to hang onto her climbing social status, Sara shows up at his front door and ends up in his bed for a whole two minutes of awkward bliss, and of course, they don’t use protection. Adding insult to injury, she wakes up the next day pregnant, which means that she is humiliated (she throws up in the hallway at school in front of everyone), made fun of (her “friends” make sure to laugh about it after), and slut-shamed (by numerous people). On top of that, when just 24 hours later she wakes up 9 months pregnant and ready to pop, she can’t tell her mom, or Skyler, because “what would they think of her”. So she turns to her old friend (the one she dumped for the popular girls) for help because… well because she really doesn’t care what Hayley (Gabrielle Elyse) thinks of her I guess. Fast forward a little bit, and Sara gives birth to an alien, a doctor’s head explodes, people are controlled by face huggers, someone gets their dick fried with jumper cables, and a whole lotta people die. Like seriously, a lot.
Fortunately the two leads, Nepi and Elyse are amazing together, and their chemistry goes a long way in making this movie enjoyable. They’re sassy, smart, and strong, and they are totally ready to handle the alien invasion… no matter how many people they see get killed!
If horror-comedy is your thing, and you’re looking for a shockingly, gruesome movie full of dick jokes and the perils of teenage hormones, SNATCHERS is the perfect pick. The film debuted last weekend at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It’s written by Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, and Scott Yacyshyn, and directed by Stephen Cedars, and Benji Kleiman.