Snatchers follows a young woman who becomes full-term pregnant overnight after sleeping with her boyfriend. Soon she gives birth to a violent creature that mentally controls any person it latches onto, and she and her best friend must find a way to stop it.
Snatchers has this dry, awkward humor and delivery that feels reminiscent of Kevin Smith's less-popular (and rightly so) works. I struggled to stay fully engaged, even though the slapstick viscera horror comedy with a creature would normally be right up my alley. The practical effects are commendable, but they quickly become stale with their repetitive movements and being intertwined with poor CG. In the end, it's enjoyable, but not noteworthy.
The plot clearly swings its abortion-related commentary with a huge dark humor stick, and sometimes it hits and other times it whiffs. The chuckles come and go, but they aren't balanced with memorable characters, sharp delivery, or decent scares/gore gags. The entirety of the film screams "good, not great".
The film blends elements of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers narrative into a political tale for today's concerns, and it does so with courage. Horror is a powerful medium for a variety of voices, and that is on display here. The horror comedy approach works well with the practical effects and wacky plot, but it never seems to reach its full potential.
Unlike the near-flawless crafting of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Cabin in the Woods, Snatchers is missing something that most self-aware horror comedies flourish in...and it's hard to pinpoint what that is. Perhaps it's writing that has a hard time holding up. Maybe it's the dry acting that hurts rather than helps the delivery of the comedic moments. Or maybe it's just an overall lack of interest in the characters. Whatever it is, Snatchers is worth a single watch with a bowl of popcorn and a few friends, then maybe forgetting you've watched it a couple of weeks later.
Horror Rating System
Horror Qualifier: 7/10
Horror Quality: 3/10
Film Quality: 5/10