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Snatchers: A Horror Comedy Web Series You Must See

From middle school to high school, I observed a lot of my peers in an extremely multi-ethnic education pool change their identities. Some in regards to code-switching, others in a bit of a dramatic fashion divorced from their monolithic upbringings to more borderline offensive cultural appropriative leanings, and just simply those who found an opportunity to find a seat at a cool kids table. I learned very early on it was futile to think I desired to fall into any of those categories. With a toe forward in each at some point, my gut sent another message. And while I let authenticity guide me, I saw many people I once spent a great deal of time with dorking off choose the temporary glamour of false acceptance. Luckily, I never had any awkward reunions that involved a scene out of It's Alive.

At the heart of Snatchers, a new horror, sci-fi-ish web comedy is the fragile relationship between high schoolers Sara (Mary Nepi) and Hayley (Gabrielle Elyse), who find themselves in a bloody pickle after Sarah seeks help for a freak pregnancy. Sara is the once Magic-playing nice girl who found a new social circle to inhabit that involves loads of party talk drenched in teen slang. She even finds the wings to make dopey stud Skyler aware that she's ready to give into the peer pressure of sex. And when their unflattering union is finally done, she goes through the exaggerated motions of what to expect when you're expecting. The turning point comes when she realizes that the only person she can turn to is Hayley, the person she turned away from.

Only five episodes on the streaming platform go90 are available now. But these handful of episodes each under ten minutes rely on a highway pace that molds the horror of what in the world is Sarah giving birth to with the comedy of a Christian protester's hypocrisy and fluid incorporations for terms like "vag canon". Snatchers stands tall as a show built for the youths while its charm can find a multi-generational crowd with a smart story and exceptional acting from its stars and supporting cast.

Snatchers was described as "Mean Girls meets Alien" during its Sundance Film Festival's Midnight Episodic Showcase. What started out as a feature has been sliced into eight episode portions with a season two already in the works. Series writers and creators Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, and Scott Yacyshyn set out to subvert some notions about teens and sex in horror, showing sex as a part of life, not a punishment for girls. And they're on target with this objective. Without the mundane obstacles of adulthood, Sarah and Hayley manage to find the ability to work with each other, find answers, and fight the menace that is Sara's spawn.

Gabrielle Elyse as the nerdy and certain Hayley Chamberlain is the spark of chemistry needed to balance with Sara, on par with Amy and Raquel from the UK genre series, Crazyhead. Both similar as a racially mixed, supernatural duo, "Gabrielle prides herself on being multi-racial and is passionate about breaking African American stereotypes, and bringing light to racism in the US." Representation on Snatchers leans much on the building of a cast that looks similar to my high school. These teens aren't hammy caricatures. Even within the perfect pitch humor are real people on a quest to unearth the what-on-earth mythos surrounding Sara's circumstance.

This is a very long-winded way of saying that Snatchers is worth your time, and there's much more to come!

Watch Snatchers now!

Snatchers is a part of a "digital content brand" Stage 13-- a platform dedicated to getting really diverse and being really weird.

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