Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers



Critic Consensus: Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.

Movie Info

Noticing an increasing amount of strangely detached behavior amongst his friends and neighbors, a health inspector soon discovers that the population of Earth is being taken over by alien "pod people." This big-budget remake of the 1950s science-fiction film updates the paranoid classic to the world of the late 1970s.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: W.D. Richter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


as Matthew Bennell

as Elizabeth Driscoll

as Dr. David Kibner

as Nancy Bellicec

as Geoffrey

as Katherine

as Jack Bellicec

as Running Man

as Cab Driver

as Ted Hendley

as Detective

as Boccardo

as Restaurant Owner

as Mr. Tong

as Outraged Woman

as Beggar

as Policeman #1

as Rodent Man

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as Banjo Player
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Critic Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (7)

Gives remakes a good name.

Full Review… | October 23, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

This film wants to have it both ways: to have a more urbane, more "important" scope than the original, and yet retain some of its inexpensive intimacy as well.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom's most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Ideas that Siegel knocked off in a few shots are expanded to fill entire sequences -- but they're good ideas, and can stand a little stretching.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kaufman here turns in his most Movie Brattish film, but soft-pedals on both his special effects and knowing in-jokiness in a way that puts De Palma to shame.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Invasion of the Body Snatchers


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This remake of the classic 1956 Don Siegel film is maybe the best remake of all time. With the greatest sound design I have ever heard, the audio track adds a whole other level of tension to this great film. The screams of the body snatchers will forever be in the back of my mind.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Far and away the best of the four Body Snatchers films - and I say this without even having seen 2008's The Invasion, because seriously? All three incarnations have been strong in their own right and encompass a pretty broad variety of aesthetics and production codes. Where the original was goofy, overtly serious B-movie science fiction, and Abel Ferrara's 90s treatment was a sort of fall from innocence tale laden with sinister plant tentacles, this is by far the most adult of the explorations. Touching briefly but penetratingly on groupthink in academic thought, psychology, and human relationships, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is always smart but never wordy. Furthermore, the performances are excellent across the board and the movie itself looks fantastic. It's a shame that Philip Kaufman's career has been somewhat spare (and inconsistent, judging by IMDB's assessment of his work), because based on this alone the man can put together a hell of a visually meaningful composition. This is a truly threatening sci-fi horror film, and though its age is showing in certain regards, some of the images remain horrifying. A classic of the genre.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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