Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

As we are now in October, I have started a watch of some of the horror/thriller genre films that either I haven’t yet seen or ones that I haven’t seen in a long time.  The remake of Invasion of Body Snatchers falls into that second category.

I remember watching the film as a youth, but I honestly did not remember much about it so this rewatch today was very much like watching it for the first time.

Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright were the main actors in the cast.  They all were very solid in the well acted remake.  Sutherland, in particular, was great as Matthew Bannell, a health inspector, discovers that people are being replaced with emotion-less pod creatures after they sleep.  Bannell, along with a small group of his friends, try to find a way to stop the creatures before it is too late.

The film creates an effective feeling of paranoia as the story progresses.  You immediately distrust everyone and some of the imagery of the film was fairly frightening, especially for the time.

I did have a couple of issues.  I did not understand the relationship between Bannell and Brooke Adams’ character, Elizabeth.  Through much of the film, I wondered if they had been related, until later when they were kissing and proclaiming their love for one another.  I’m not sure if they were intended to be exes, just friends or acquaintances.

The invasion also seemed to arrive without much reasoning.  I think that is part of the idea though, indicating that something like this can come from nowhere and you might never see it coming.

The sound of the movie really works well, helping to create that feeling of anxiety and helplessness that the film fosters.  The cries of the pod creatures was also very unnerving.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a strong remake and works in many manners.



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