Body Snatchers (1993)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller  |  28 January 1994 (USA)
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A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.



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Family moves to military base for the summer, but the soldiers are behaving even more strangely than usual. Is it a toxic spill as suggested or is it something more sinister? Written by Andrew Welsh <>

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Rated R for violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Body Snatchers - Angriff der Körperfresser  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$428,868 (USA)

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The novel Marti's reading in the car at the beginning is "The Cement Garden" by Ian McEwan. See more »


In the opening sequences, Marti is sitting on the right side of the car looking out the window. When it cuts to show her viewpoint of the moon and passing trees, the perspective is as if she were on the left side of the car. See more »


Carol Malone: Where you gonna go, where you gonna run, where you gonna hide? Nowhere... 'cause there's no one like you left.
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Written by Sim Cain, Chris Haskett, Henry Rollins and Andrew Weiss - The Rollins Band
Performed by Rollins Band (as The Rollins Band)
Courtesy of The Imago Recording Company
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Abel Ferrara makes another quality film!
19 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Abel Ferrara is a talented and interesting director. He's made some great films ("bad lieutenant", "china girl") and he always seems to bring out the best in his actors. With "Body Snatchers", Ferrara tackles the task of directing a big budget, studio sci-fi film. And for the most part, he succeeds. Ferrara injects the film with tight closeups and experiments with tilted and off balanced framing. Making the viewer feel like something in the film is off and eschewed. But the film just isn't that exciting. It's more of a slow burner. It never really lives up to it's own potential sadly. But the effects are solid and some of the semi-transformation scenes are disturbing.

The acting for the most part is solid with Meg Tilly giving the best monologue in the film. Gabrielle Anwar is gorgeous to stare at and Billy Wirth (Lost Boys) plays the chopper pilot hero. It could have been a better film, but "Body Snatchers" is entertaining, well-acted, and often creepy. I'm always surprised that an independent director like Ferrara was the guy chosen to helm such a big budget studio film...

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