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Terror visits the idyllic little town of Flannel, Oregon, when a body is discovered on the pool table of a prominent bus bench writer. Soon Flannel’s eclectic young doctor, Milo Bushnell is on the case along with his new-old love, Macy Dixon (who left him standing at the alter several years ago to marry the pool boy, but then divorced him when they argued over which of her clothes they would wear one night). Soon the truth becomes apparent, Flannel is being invaded by brussel sprouts from space, ill-tempered little vegetables that metamorphose into not-so-exact duplicates of Flannel’s citizenry. Can Milo and Macy save the day, or are they just dead meat in a vegan world?


I can honestly say, with absolute authority, that without the friendship and support of Richard Taylor and Jackie Ward I would still be waiting tables in a restaurant known for “Early Bird” specials while being forced to wear a Cub Scout uniform. Richard decided to reach out to this young scout and offer me a chance to work on a couple of scripts with him and I am forever grateful. I learned so much from him and enjoyed out time together immensely. I also enjoyed the double cheeseburgers, fries and many glasses of Ms. Ward’s Chablis wine. I look back on those times—and these scripts—with great fondness and affection. And though the powers that be in Hollywood never decided to purchase The Streak or Them! because they are dumb (something else I can say with absolute authority) that in no way diminishes the value in these screenplays and the joy that I have in revisiting them all these years later. I hope you will enjoy them as well.

Champagne Fishes & Caviar Streams

Jason L. Cooper


When the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released in 1956, some critics claimed to see a political threading in it, a call to arms against McCarthyism and conservatism then in ascendency. I don’t know how much of that was wish-fulfillment and how much was real, but when my writing partner Jason Cooper and I decided to write a parody of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, we chose to play up that political threading to ridiculous dimensions. I don’t know who gets the worst of it in THEM!, the conservatives whom vegetables become, or the wild-eyed, liberal, anything goes, nose-picking, dirty-underwear-wearing lefties who fall asleep and are transformed by veggies. I suspect your political preferences will dictate your point of view. We thought we were being pretty even-handed. The whole argument became ridiculous.

THEM! Came From Outer Space is a farce. I love farces, particularly the movies made by the Zucker Brothers and Jim Abrahams, such as Airplane and the Naked Gun series. THEM! is as much an homage to them as it is a parody of arguably one of the best horror movies ever made.

Now, several years after the script was marketed in Hollywood (just as I was pulling up anchor and moving to Cambria to write novels), in preparing the manuscript for publication I couldn’t help myself, I started laughing, and continued to laugh all the way through. I can’t expect you to have the same response — the script manifests what Coopie and I think is funny — if you laugh a tenth as much, you’ll have a good time. I wish you a tenth of the fun I had reading it again, and one-one hundredth the fun we had writing it.

P.S.: Be sure to finish your veggies.

— Richard Taylor

August 2010

Cambria, California


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