Monday, June 19, 2023


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Definitely belongs on the shortlist of horror/sci-fi remakes which equal or surpass the original. The story remains the same, with alien pods nabbing every person they can get their roots on and replacing them with emotionless duplicates. However, this time around, the narrative eschews the paranoiac fears of Communism and McCarthyism and instead delves into the existential horrors of losing your individuality amidst the anonymous throngs of urban America. Not only does the change in focus work great, it all builds up to one of the best shock endings in horror history.

TIL: Puritanical detours aside, God actually places great value on individuality. This is evident when St. Paul waxes eloquent on the analogy of the church as a body which can't exist without its distinct individual parts. What He's not so wild about is individualism, the philosophy that places the interests of each person above the welfare of society. A culture of individualism results in a society of isolated narcissists who focus only on their own desires and interests rather than the common good. Fortunately, such a thing couldn't happen in this day and age, right?

Still Voices - The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) "A wolf is no less a wolf because he's dressed in sheepskin and the devil is no less the devil because he's dressed as an angel." - LeCrae

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