In the rural farmlands of Iowa, some kids are playing and then spot a freak lightshow in the sky. Being typical kids, they go to check it out.
Some guy in a truck finds the kids. He is going to check out the lightshow. But, he's attacked by the kids just like in Children of the Corn. That action
releases He Who Plays the Credits.
At the airport, a helicopter lands. Sam meets with Jarvis and Mary. Can you say obligatory love interest? Well, Donald Sutherland is Dr Andrew Nivens. But
for the first half he is known as Charles. Well, Sam isn't too happy about everything. They distribute fake ids to investigate the UFO landing. A local television
station reported the lightshow was due to an actual UFO. If they knew it came from another planet, it would be an Identified Flying Object. Back to the movie, the
station later recanted and told that it was built by some farm kids. Two other agents have been sent in earlier and not reported.
People are flocking to the fake UFO site. Sam, Andrew, and Mary go to see it. This is a big tourist trap. The guy that was beaten by the kids earlier is taking
the admission money. We learn that Mary is an exobiologist, study of what forms aliens might have.
The UFO looks like the typical old school flying saucer. Our intrepid 3 heroes look around the saucer. Mary is going to look inside. The kids are making a pretty
good chunk of change on this venture. Andrew is looking around the saucer. Mary freezes at the last minute and doesn't go inside the saucer. She thinks that there is
something wrong with the kids; teenagers actually, didn’t try to check her out.
Now Mary isn't ugly, but to think if guys don't look at the ladies means there is something inherently wrong with them is a bit peculiar. They all head to the television
station where the broadcast was reported. The station manager, Barnes, is trying to explain the earlier report was a mistake to Andrew who is now with the FCC. He
doesn't check out Mary who does all but flash him. Barnes pulls a gun. However, Sam shoots faster and truer. They see something is crawling on Barnes's
back. They catch the alien. I've got to go with the term used a lot in the book: hag. Sam, Mary, and Andrew head out. They have to fight some of the television crew
to get out. By fight, Sam fights, Mary runs, and Andrew may clock somebody in the head with his cane. Get to the car, and a cop tries to stop them. One of the kids
from the UFO site crashes his bike headfirst into their car.
On the plane, Andrew is trying to prepare for what will be a terrible situation. Mary is working. We get a light moment between Sam and Mary and learn that
Andrew is Sam's father. The alien is still in the case.
Troops storm the UFO, nothing is there but what looks like scummy pond water. The video of the troops is being broadcast to Andrew's department. In a
meeting, we learn that the aliens are composed 60% brain accounting for of their total body weight. Look how dangerous we hairless monkeys are with our
brains. These aliens can control people like puppets. Sam realizes that Jarvis isn't smoking. If you quit smoking, you must be hag-ridden. Jarvis escapes.
Everyone is trying to hunt down Jarvis. With Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, how can he escape? Sorry, wrong Jarvis...Sam finds Jarvis without the
creature. Andrew wants Sam to prove he's clean. They start checking everybody's backs. One secretary refuses. She's hag-ridden. Sam fights the secretary. But,
the alien escaped.
Jarvis is in the medical center. The doctors believe he's going through withdrawals. How would you react to having a super powerful brain and then
not? Everybody goes back to study the aliens. When he's alone, Jarvis empties an IV bag and then starts pumping air directly into his bloodstream. OK, we've got a
Sam is investigating where Jarvis has been since getting back from Iowa. In Jarvis's apartment, Sam finds a crateful of strange eggs. He lets one of the eggs
attach to the apartment manager. Sam is hag-ridden...
Sam and the apartment manager are going to where the President will be speaking later in the day. Sam talks with the head Secret Service agent in charge
(Andrew "Remember me as Garak from Star Trek: Deep Space 9" Robinson). Well by talk, Sam gets an alien to attach to Andy.
The conference is about to begin. The President is approaching. Multiple agents are hag-ridden. The President is in the building...
Andrew, Mary and the rest of his people arrive on the scene. Sam tries to escape.
The President is stalled. The Secret Service agents are about to implant an alien on the President. Suddenly, a large number of heavily armed men shoot all the
Secret Service agents. This is enough to disturb the President. But, after the killing is dead, they help him up and dust him off. Andrew shows up to the President
demanding to know what's going on, which is perfectly understandable.
Sam is cornered and tranquilized. Sam falls unconscious. They take him to the lab. The apartment manager is still on the loose.
At the lab, Sam is being studied. Andrew begins to interrogate him. Sam's hag claims he can kill Sam at any time. The hag refuses to answer any of Andrew's
questions. Well, electric shocks don't make the hag happy. They learn the aliens need new hosts: humans. The hag taunts Andrew by flatlining Sam. By this time,
Andrew has actually shown some concern for his son, Sam. Somehow, they manage to electrocute the alien before Sam dies.
Andrew is keeping a vigil beside Sam's bed until he wakes. Sam awakens. We get a touching moment between the 2 of them. The hags totally control you. And
somewhere out there is their hive. Heaven help them if the hive is live the one in Aliens.
Back in Iowa, the hag-ridden are accelerating their recruitment drive. They are placing an egg in each mailbox. How’s that a great way to start the day...
At the White House, the tape of Sam's interrogation is being viewed. The aliens have a higher body temperature than normal humans. 103° instead
Mary is checking on Sam. He's still having some bad nightmares that the hag is still on him. It gets close to sweet lovin' to ensue.
Andrew wants the President to use federal troops in Iowa. The troops invade Iowa. That last sentence is one I never thought to type. The troops are skulking
around. The hags start getting the troops.
In town, troops are being swarmed by hordes of kids. They know the kids are hag-ridden. These troops are controlled, too.
At a military base where the federal troops are stationed, some Iowa National Guardsmen talk with the General and control him.
At the lab, they test how the aliens reproduce. The aliens also pass data and memories from previous hosts through generations of hags. So what one knows, its
offspring and descendents will too.
The controlled General calls Andrew and claims the mission is a complete success. The General is ordered to remove his shirt to see if he's being controlled. The
video feed is lost. The General and his men have been controlled.
Mary can't think of a solution. Sam believes she'll find the answer. They got to Sam's place. Sam is being Rico Suavay. Touching moment. Not physically
yet...Sweet lovin' is interrupted by Sam's beeper. Well, Mary wants some lovin' to bad she has a big nasty mole on her back. The mole covers most of her
back. Wait, that's not a mole but a hag. Mary s controlled. Sam doesn't know yet. It's a little hard to think practically when a chick is throwing herself at you. Sam
manages to kill the hag meant for him. Mary is still packin' hag. Mary runs off and escapes into the waiting car of apartment manager.
Sam informs Andrew about Mary. Sam is going to get Mary back. He thinks that she's at the hive. But, will Andrew help him?
They research where the hive might be. They believe it's being moved along a river. Sam has 8 hours to get Mary. The hive is in Des Moines.
Sam and Holland (David "I've been in a whole lot of movies" Keith) are going to parachute into Des Moines. They have devices that will fool the hag-ridden into
thinking they're controlled, too. After landing, they spot a woman surrounded by the hag-ridden. They don't help her.
At a briefing, Andrew is waiting to hear something.
The hag-ridden are heading to the hive which is in the Des Moines City Hall. Sam and Holland are sneaking inside. Sam is going in the hive while Holland waits
Sam is now inside the hive. The hive walls are vaguely organic looking. It looks like a cheap H.R. Geiger rip-off. A lot of people are tied into the hive mind. This
is how they share information. Lots of people are milling around. We can hear creepy whispering to simulate the data being shared between the hag-ridden. Sam
finally spots Mary.
A couple of grenades cause a good distraction. Sam grabs Mary. Holland is still outside, worrying.
Sam gets the hag off of Mary. The funny thing is she's not showing any of the side effects of Jarvis or even Sam. They are trying to get out of the hive. Mary
wants to show Sam something very important. Holland heads into the hive. It turns out the aliens have been studying humans. They find a boy who is in a
pod. Something killed the hag on the boy. The aliens cocooned the boy to keep it from affecting other hags.
Holland is in a gunfight with various hags. He manages to get them all. Holland does really good until he falls into a pool of hags. Sam, Mary and boy get out of
Dodge or the hive.
Explosions distract the hags. Sam cuts the power. They need to get to the roof for the emergency airlift. Sam keeps fighting aliens. He manages to wedge the
fire doors shut.
Holland climbs out of the elevator shaft. He's possessed and pissed. Sam will stall him while Mary and boy get to the roof.
Holland is looking for Sam. The fight is on. The helicopter approaches the roof. Holland is trying to fight the hag controlling him. That doesn't last long. The hag
is in total control again. Mary and boy get to the copter. Sam and Holland are fighting. Mary busts a cap into Holland. Sam gets aboard the copter and leaves.
In the lab, the boy is being studied. He has encephalitis, inflammation of brain tissue. That would be fairly dangerous to beings composed 60% of neural tissue. It
will kill every hag in less than an hour. But, the question remains how to infect every alien. If you infect one, it will, go to the hive where it will spread, infecting them
The plan has worked. People are being treated...
Sam, Mary, and Andrew are in Des Moines. The troops are inspecting the remains of the hive. Andrew is looking around. Part of the hive collapses on Andrew,
knocking him down. He walks off without his cane, a cane carried throughout the entire movie. Sam realizes that Andrew is possessed.
Andrew steals a copter. Sam manages to get aboard. Sam threatens to shoot Andrew if he doesn't land the chopper. Sam actually shoots him in the
shoulder. They struggle for the gun, controls are shot. They fight on. Andrew is pushed against the controls and shocked. The hag leaves him and is thrown out of the
copter. The hag is sliced into very small pieces by the copter's tail rotor.
Sam lands the copter. Emergency vehicles arrive on the scene. Sam gets Andrew out of the chopper. Andrew will be taken to the hospital but will be fine. Sam
and Mary walk off.