Seed PeopleDirector: Peter Manoogian
Screenplay: Jackson Barr
Starring: Sam Hennings, Andrea Roth, Dane Witherspoon, Bernard Kates
Year: 1992
Country: USA
Running Time: 77 mins
BBFC Classification: 15

Tom Baines, some sort of geologist, returns to his home town of Comet Valley to give a talk on meteorites, as a favour to an old friend. A sense of rural isolation is created when the only way into the valley is sealed off due to bridge maintenance work. Tom ends up staying with his ex, Heidi, who now runs a B&B after the death of her sister. He has competition for her affections by the local deputy sheriff who doesn’t take kindly to his competitor’s return.

Things take a turn for the worse when people start disappearing and then reappearing somewhat subtly changed, behaviour-wise. So far so Invasion of the Body Snatchers! It seems that some of the meteorites that keep landing in the valley aren’t really meteorites at all, but are really seed pods. A local scientist, Doc, has activated one of these pods with somewhat devastating results.

Within a few days the town is being taken over by a weird plant that infects those that go near it, as they, in turn, infect other townsfolk. Suffice to say it’s up to a small band of survivors to take on the nasty alien invaders and hopefully save the planet from turning Triffid!

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Seed People is pretty typical of a Charles Band production. Cheap production values, some fairly average acting and a predictable script. However, all things considered, this is a fun Invasion of the Body Snatchers wannabe and it keeps up the pace during its rather brief running time. It’s all pretty harmless fun, with some daft, but just about serviceable space creatures, including a freaky monster called a Tumbler, which tumbles along like tumble weed to catch up with its prey.

The crazy, Back to the Future like Doc has worked out that the creatures don’t like UV light so has devised a way to trap them, which is easier said than done! We first meet him with UV tubes coating his body to ward off the space critters.

All in all it’s pretty predictable, but it’s good fun and is the sort of charming, schlocky monster movie they don’t make these days, apart from maybe Slither. Plus it’s nice to watch a horror/sci-fi movie where at least some of the characters are actually quite likeable.

Reviewer: Justin Richards

Seed People has recently been released on DVD and is being distributed by 88 Films as part of their ‘Grindhouse’ collection. The special features on the disc include a trailer and a brief (10 minute) ‘making of’ documentary that takes a quick look at some of the SFX behind the film’s creatures and looks at how they did a few key scenes. It also features the usual Full Moon trailer park with a selection of film trailers from the Full Moon stable including Dr Alien, a few of the Puppet Master films, Castle Freak, Tourist Trap and Reel Evil.

About The Author

Justin Richards is a journalist by day and a scriptwriter by night. His work has appeared in the darker recesses of the internet and in various niche publications including ITNOW, The Darkside, Is it Uncut?, Impact and Deranged. When he’s not sitting hunched over a sticky, crumb-laden keyboard he’s paying good money to have people in pyjamas try and kick him repeatedly in the face.

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