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Film / The Puppet Masters

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The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, based on the novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein about an Alien Invasion.

After a flying saucer lands in rural Iowa, secret agent Sam, NASA scientist Mary and "The Old Man" Andrew Nivens investigate. They find that a group of parasitic aliens have in fact landed and are planning to use their mind-control abilities to take over all of humanity and eventually Earth.


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  • Shoot the Dog: Killing anyone infected by the aliens is seen as this, they are after all innocent victims.
  • Shower of Angst: Sam showers after being freed from the control of an alien parasite; he breaks down completely and is comforted by Mary whilst still naked.
  • So Proud of You: Sam and the Old Man, eventually.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: A map on a computer is used to show the extent of the parasite aliens infestation in the U.S., with areas controlled by the parasites red.
  • Synthetic Plague: The only way to stop the aliens is with a brain disease disseminated with the help of Mosquitoes.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Very strongly implied between Sam and his father Andrew.


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