Alabama – Body Snatchers (1993)
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Starring Gabrielle Anwar, R. Lee Ermey, and Forest Whitaker
The Southern United States seems to have all of the luck with iconic horror films. The south is a prime setting for many different horrors to materialize and to start things off, we travel to Alabama to meet some fine folks with a strange vibe to them. In 1993, Alabama was the main setting for the science fiction horror film, Body Snatchers, which served as the third adaptation of the Body Snatchers book.
In this adaptation, we follow people working at a military base in Alabama who discover that there is a strange pod plant life form among them hellbent on snatching (ha) human bodies. Much like the alien in The Thing, the pod people here can hide in plain sight, apart from their lack of emotion once hidden in the bodies. That doesn’t stop Body Snatchers from being a terrifying and paranoid experience and one that Alabama natives can claim was birthed and developed in their state with macabre pride.
It’ll make one do a double take if they ever decide to take a trip to Alabama in the future. Never know who might be trying to get you, you know?