The Puppet Masters
The Earth is invaded by alien “slugs” that ride on people’s backs and control their minds.
An awful adaptation of the Heinlein classic that still makes me cringe. At the time, Hollywood Pictures brought me on board to “make it our Aliens”. I questioned whether or not they really wanted to go that dark. When I turned in the script, they said it was too scary. Still, I had a lovely time with Donald Sutherland on the set and made the acquaintance of Elliott and Rossio, who were and remain very gracious, class acts. What can I say? Wish I’d taken a pseudonym on this one. I remember getting a note from one of the executives. It said: “There will be no mucus in a Disney movie. Ever.”