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Liz just wants to host the perfect dinner party but an unexpected guest sends the evening into chaos, with potentially apocalyptic consequences.


Grimmfest says: If Peter Jackson had followed BAD TASTE with an Alan Ayckbourn adaptation of Robert E. Heinlein's THE PUPPET MASTERS, the end result might have been something like this. Starting out as a deftly observed, and excruciatingly awkward comedy of middle class manners and social one-upmanship, it suddenly and startlingly shifts gear, first into to a droll and deadpan take on the alien parasite bodysnatchers trope, and then finally into quite surprisingly gory, savage slapstick. Uproariously funny, with genuinely laugh-out-loud dialogue, and characters you start to warm to in spite of yourself, this manages its narrative twists and tonal shifts with considerable and in the final scenes proves surprisingly tense, cruel and brutal, with a resolution which is sourly hilarious, cruelly ironic, and actually rather grim. Plus, it gets extra points for the throwaway joke, in which one character is described as “Daisy Blakely – Ronnie's Girl” - presumably in reference to the great Ronee Blakley, best known to genre fans for her role as the spaced-out mother in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. 

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Australia
  • Premiere
    European premiere
  • Rating
    18
  • Director
    Robert Woods
  • Screenwriter
    Tyler Jacob Jones
  • Producer
    Tyler Jacob Jones
  • Co-Producer
    Robert Woods
  • Cast
    Nadia Collins, Evan Williams, Naomi Brockwell
  • Cinematographer
    Robert Woods
  • Editor
    Robert Woods