The sleepy little Californian town of Comet Valley is invaded by seed pods from outer space in this inferior amalgam of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Day of the Triffids.
Intent on taking over the Earth, the seed pods have found a way to pollinate humans, turning them into walking seed carriers. Hero Tom Baines (Sam Hennings) recounts his story of invasion and possession from a hospital bed.
Tom returns to his hometown of Comet Valley after a long absence. Just as he arrives, the only bridge in or out of town is closed down for repairs.
He takes a room at a bed-and-breakfast run by his old flame, Heidi Tucker (Andrea Roth), and encounters local sheriff, Brad Tates (Dane Witherspoon), the new man in Heidi’s life. The expected conflicts ensue.
But Tom soon has more to worry about: alien spores have recently landed nearby on a fallen meteorite, spawning bizarre plant life that has begun to terrorise the populace. Some of the townsfolk are already exhibiting the blank, emotionless symptoms.
Heidi’s young daughter Kim (Holly Fields) is suspicious of their housekeeper Mrs Santiago (Anne Betancourt) because she has glimpsed Mrs Santiago’s alter ego – a rolling plant monster. But no one except Tom will believe her.
The only other person in town who is convinced of the invasion is crazy old Doc Roller (Bernard Kates), who has taken to wearing fluorescent lights on his head (which can apparently repel the alien creatures).
Tom eventually convinces Heidi of the danger and the two set out to stop the aliens. This they manage to do, curing the locals of the possessing force with a barrage of fluorescents and blowing up a truckload of outgoing pods, which have been harvested by the enslaved humans.
Back at the hospital, Tom wraps up his frightening story – only to find, inevitably, that the nightmare is just beginning.
The seedpeople themselves – Shooter (Matt Demeritt), Tumbler (Debbie Lee Carrington) and Sailor – were created by John Buechler and are among the most laughable movie monsters since the papier mache creations of the 1950s.
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Debbie Lee Carrington