Bodysnatcher from Hell

Starring: Teruo Yoshida, Tomomi Sato and Hideo Ko
Shadow Warrior/Artsmagic Ltd
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 12
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Blinding lights shoot across a blood red sky, aeroplanes plummet to earth and suicidal birds smash themselves into bloody smears. This marks the beginning of the end for humanity as the alien menace Goke prepares to invade our planet, one soul at a time...

When I started to review this film I must confess I was very sceptical about it. A 1960's film with seemingly dodgy special effects and a bad guy, with a cut in his forehead!

But the old saying goes, that you cannot judge a book by its cover. And I am so glad that I didn't, because it's actually rather good. Whilst the effects may be a bit ropey (But most likely cutting edge for their time) the acting is spot on. The plot itself is very simple and it doesn't take much to figure out what is going on, but to be honest this doesn't matter.

This is a kitsch classic, creepy in many places and reminds you that they don't make them like this any more - and to a certain extent that is not a bad thing. But this film reeks of simple sixties American TV. It wasn't designed to blow you away with fantastic effects or to shock you in any way. It's simply there to entertain you and give you some atmosphere and this succeeds in spades.

The transfer itself is exactly what you would expect without a million pound overhaul. Slightly grainy but that is to be expected with a film of this age and is presented in anamorphic widescreen. Sound is Dolby Digital 2.0 and actually sounds quite good. Very little hiss and speech is very clear.

The extras are a slight let down with some trailers, biographies, filmographies and an artwork show reel.

All in all, this is a very acceptable package. The film itself is good quality and is suitable for most ages, although the extras do let it down.

Simon Lee

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