The top 25 underappreciated films of 1998
November 24, 2013
“Hundreds of thousands missing! No bodies, no graves, no witnesses” Peter O’Toole emotes in this unfairly overlooked mash-up of The Blob, The Thing, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and the cosmic terror of HP Lovecraft. Something evil has wiped out the occupants of Snowfield, Colorado, and whatever it is has designs on absorbing the rest of the planet, too.
The oddly-cast yet entirely welcome O’Toole leads an eclectic cast, including Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan and Liev Schreiber, who encounter something sentient and very oily in the deserted old town. There are few truly original ideas to be found in this adaptation of Dean Koontz’s novel (with a screenplay by the author himself), but it’s an entertaining, well-paced thrill ride, and genre fans will find much to enjoy in the gooey monsters and O’Toole’s deliciously ripe performance.
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