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I loved the 1956 original, but have come to love this one equally. It's real scary and gives insight into how all those people can lead those corporate lives...the pods got them. If clever alien invasions are your thing, and you liked Day of the Triffids, you'll go for this one.
Of all the alien-type invasion movies out there, this movie is by far the best ever made! This is one of those movies that make you think about for days after watching it the first time! Though confusing at times, the drama and horror of the movie, especially the ending, makes this an A.1. thriller! This was the first movie I saw where the "Bad Guys" come out ahead in the end, unlike all the typical endings where the good guys win. That's the main difference between this and the original 50's version. You can watch this movie and think to yourself "This could really happen". I would have to say this version is slightly better than the 50's one. The 1994 version showed no love to the story - it was horrible! All in all, you must unplug the phone, turn off the lights and watch this bad boy - you'll love it!
Too many movies are remade for no reason at all. That's how we get stuck
with so many rehashes that have nothing to add to the old
This movie is the exception. It uses the basic story and the basic characters and then spins its story of paranoia so well, that it will scare the crap out of you- when it isn't making you laugh out loud. It is the only movie I've seen that used Leonard Nimoy well outside of his Spock ears.
Check this one out. It is one of the best paranoia thrillers ever made. It will make you nervous in the presence of garbage trucks.
I wouldn't want to ruin it, because it truly is that. Suffice it to say it's right where it has the most impact. One of the great horror films for fear(not comedy) of all time, right up there with Evil Dead, Alien and Psycho. Don't miss this movie, but above all, if youve seen it already, don't spoil it for anyone else by revealing that moment. Let them have their own heart attack like we did the first time!
I've seen this movie for the first time when I was 13 years old, watching it
in three parts, after school, and even if it was daytime, it scared me to
death. Some images of it are still haunting me, such as the ending, well...
just the way an ending should be, just plain maddening.
The plot features a brand new idea, alien plants, and has a dark, moody and paranoid atmosphere. There is no gore, just unrelenting suspense. You never quite know who's possessed by the alien form, you suspect everyone and it's almost unbearable. Nancy Cartwright delivers a great performance -- she looks soooo scared! -- and the ensemble cast is convincing. The same subject has been filmed in 1956, under the same title (it's OK, but the remake is better) and in 1994 under the title Body Snatchers ( almost every good idea is wasted in this one, tough it's entertaining if you haven 't seen the others).
I actually wasn't afraid of any of the scariest stuff, although I
wanted to be. Why wasn't I scared? Because the incredibly DARK scenes
and the camera shifting too rapidly made me STOP CARING. I got
frustrated that I couldn't see what was going on and gave up,
emotionally. The darkness was obviously on purpose, as it contrasted
sharply with the brightness of the scary ending, but if I can't see, I
can't give a darn.
But Donald Sutherland's performance is good and Jeff Goldblum is uncharacteristically understated.
Things to watch for: the un-sexiest nude scene ever
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Invasion of the Body Snatchers begins on a distant planet far far away
from Earth. Some strange looking white jelly substance, a bit like Frog
spawn, rises from the planets surface & floats into the darkness of
space. San Francisco, California & it's a normal busy working day for
the inhabitants of the city. A laboratory assistant who works for the
Department of Public Health named Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) is
on her way home when she notices a strange looking unusual flower & pod
on a bush, she picks it & takes it home. Elizabeth discusses the flower
with her boyfriend Dr. Geoffery Howell (Art Hindle) & speculates that
the flower may be a totally new species created when two different
plants cross pollinate to create a unique third individual. Elizabeth &
Geoffery settle down for the night & go to sleep. The next morning &
Geoffery seems different to Elizabeth somehow, he won't answer her &
appears emotionless (he ain't a politician is he?). Elizabeth voices
her concerns to her friend & boss, field investigator Matthew Bennell
(Donald Sutherland) & he suggests she visit a psychologist he knows
named Dr. David Kibner (Leonard Nimoy). Strange things begin to happen
throughout San Francisco as more people claim to have suspicions about
loved ones not being themselves & without feelings. Jack (Jeff
Goldblum) & Nancy Bellicec (Veronica Cartwright) phone Matthew when
Nancy discovers a hideous mutated human thing covered in slime, white
stringy hair & tendrils that was trying to clone her husband Jack while
he was asleep. Matthew starts to believe Elizabeth's crazy theories as
he sees the proof in front of him, it soon becomes clear that the
cloning is widespread through the city & they simply don't know who to
trust in their bid to stop the alien invasion that intends to wipe out
the entire human race & replace them with emotionless clones! (I knew
there was a reason why my workmates acted like they do!)
Directed by Philip Kaufman I thought Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a highly entertaining horror film that's well worth watching. This version made in 1978 was the second of three Body Snatcher films, the first being Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) & the third was Body Snatchers (1993), I would say this '78 version is probably the best one. The script by W.D. Ritcher based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney is slow to start but superbly manages to build momentum & tension as the film progresses. The invasion is told from a very small perspective, basically just Elizabeth & Matthew are the only characters who are constant throughout, we see the invasion happen & progress through their eyes. As a whole the approach works very well rather than having say the entire army & loads of survivors battling the invasion. As Invasion of the Body Snatchers reaches it's conclusion I was starting to become paranoid about the characters who I as a viewer could trust & might turn out to be pod people! I liked the downbeat ending which probably didn't sit too well with most audiences, there's no happy outcome here! The thought of an emotionless society without love, hate or any kind of feeling is indeed a scary one. The slightly slow pace & near two hour running time may put some off as it's not exactly action packed but anyone who puts the effort in to sit down & watch it should be rewarded with an interesting & thought provoking horror film, it's not too often I can write that in a review! One thing I will mention that didn't work for me is the fact these aliens never attempted to kill either of the troublesome Elizabeth or Matthew when that would have solved the situation very easily for them, still that's a very small point overall. Everyone involved put in good performances, Brooke Adams makes for an attractive leading lady (& yes, she does get naked at the end!) & Donald Sutherland makes for a likable hero. Jeff Goldblum & Leonard Nimoy are both great in their roles & good fun to watch. What little there is in the way of special effects are well done, the space shots at the beginning look good & the slimy pod transformation scenes are suitably gooey, messy & feature lots of loud crunching on the soundtrack! The only sequence containing any gore is when Matthew repeatedly hits a pod creature in the face which splits open & implodes. There is also a freaky dog with a human face after a transformation obviously went wrong. Generally speaking Invasion of the Body Snatchers is well made throughout with good production values that while aren't outstanding are more than acceptable. Overall I really liked this film & recommend it to anyone who wants to see something creepy, plays on a basic fear of who we can & can't trust & as a result probably touches a nerve with most of us.
The only thing I'm sure of, having seen this film, is that it is one of the
few seventies films I found you could sit through without really having to
try. OK this ain't a masterpiece, but tell me, which film is?? This film is
carried by it's actors by the story and in some way by the fear you feel.
You really are wondering, who has been snatched' and who has not. OK this
is neither an big explosion nor an extremely thrilling vehicle, but it keeps
your attention. The best things in this film I think is the scene when
Donald Sutherland falls asleep in the Yard and the end. The end really made
me like this film and it was easy for me after it to give this film a 7, but
I won't because as I said the rest of the film was not as convincingly good
and it was not good all the time. But in the end I was extremely terrified.
So this all summons up to a
6,5 out of 10 (something is missing in this film)!
What a film. Just amazing. I don't even know where to start. Well the first thing I will say is that it is slow in parts. But other then that it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Scary as hell, good acting all the way through!. You will look at humans in general a whole lot different after seeing this movie. Wait till the end, the hair on the back of your neck will stand on end. Freaky stuff. Amazing film 9/10
My comments are directed to a comparison of this film and its original
1956 version, directed by Don Siegel. I've seen both versions twice,
most recently on television, back to back. On second viewing, I liked
the original more than I did the first time, and the remake less. I now
think that the original is a near masterpiece, while the remake is much
inferior. [new para.]
One reason is that the remake is a full 35 minutes longer than the original, which was only 80 minutes long. Of course, this is very typical of how movies have changed in those two decades: an audience today would feel cheated if they spent $14.00 for a movie less than an hour and a half long. The fact is, however, that for the telling of a single narrative about 90 minutes is plenty and nearly two hours is too long. [new para.]
The premise of both films is really quite simple: aliens invade earth in the form of spores, they grow in pods, they take over the bodies of humans and replace them, and their plan (presumably) is to take over the whole human race. The plot centres on the discovery of the conspiracy, and on whether or not the heroes can escape. [new para.]
Another reason is that the remake is full of special effects not present in the original, which has very few - and those few are not especially good. However, and this is another of my prejudices, there is almost an inverse relationship between F/X and dramatic impact. We know the body snatchers are hatching in pods. How they actually do it really doesn't matter. What is scary is that humans are becoming non-humans: they are losing their vital spirit, their emotions. The shots of half-formed pod-people is just yucky stuff; it's not truly frightening. [new para.]
A third reason is that the musical score in the original is much superior. This is surprising: music in the 1950s usually was overdone. Here it's the more modern score that is overblown and calls attention to itself. Indeed, the sound effects and camera tricks indulged in by Philip Kaufman - although some are effective - are mostly distracting. Technically, I think Siegel is the better director, even though his style is much more traditional. Compare the chase scenes: Siegel's are better. [new para.]
Lastly - and this is the most important reason - the original has a resonance that simply cannot be attained in the remake because of the time in which each was made. It is crystal clear, regardless of the intention of the author of the novel, that the theme of the original is related to Americans' fear of Communism. That invests the plot with a terror that is much more convincing than the superficial one of aliens from outer space, which is all the remake has. There are clever cultural references in the remake to bring it up to date - particular having to do with pop psychology, but also with health and environmental concerns, and some crackpot scientific theories - but none carry any great weight that take the remake outside the genre. The ending, though creepy, thus cannot compare to the horrifying scene of Kevin McCarthy screaming "you're next" to disbelieving drivers on the highway, unaware that their freedom is about to be stolen.
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