Body Snatchers (1993)

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Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers is the third screen version of Jack Finney's cold war science fiction novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Marty Malone (Gabrielle Anwar) is moving with her father, stepmother, and stepbrother to a military base where her father will investigate possible environmental and ecological problems. Before they get to town, Marty is warned in a gas station restroom by a crazed looking military man that, "They get you when you sleep!" Marty adjusts to life on the base by … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Finney, Raymond Cistheri, Stuart Gordon, Nicholas St. John, Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Marty Malone

as Steve Malone

as Carol Malone

as Genn Platt

as General Platt

as Andy Malone

as Mrs. Platt

as Platt's Aide

as Soldier Gas Station

as Gas Attendant

as MP Gate Captain

as Body Double Meg

as 1st Soldier

as Man in Infirmary

as Pod Soldier

as Alien Woman
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Critic Reviews for Body Snatchers

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An entertaining and dread filled horror science fiction film...

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Cinema Crazed

A teen horror film with grown-up violence.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Offers a few stunning moments of paranoia-laced terror.

Full Review… | May 8, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

A misfire on a classic remake.

March 18, 2005
7M Pictures

The original was far better.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Body Snatchers

½

The most indelible aspects of the manifold adaptations of 'Body Snatchers' have been the sociopolitical subtexts behind them. The ephemeral, quite arch 1993 rendition focuses on the emotional repression of the military establishment and EPA-regulated environmental safeguards. The concept of Meg Tilly being the stepmother is another example of a surrogate for an authority figure. There are a few deliciously sinister scenes liberally sprinkled throughout the film including a disquieting sequence where an entire classroom draws the same amorphous painting except for the solitary non-pod person and the Vulcan logic that "it's the race that's important, not the individual". Abel Ferrara vainly enhances the claustrophobic atmosphere with Dutch angles but this is the umpteenth iteration of this tale and his style-over-substance sensibility is no consolation. On a sidenote, the bellowing shrieks of the pod people might've been terrifying decades ago, but they are incredibly dated and cartoonish nowadays (especially the horrendously superimposed CGI of a screamer plummeting from a helicopter).

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

½

It's been a while since i saw this one, Ferrara's direction is great, the sense of tension was very well build. My problem was the very anti-climatic ending. Might need a rewatch.

DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

I liked it. It?s not as good as the 2 before it but Abel Ferrara still does well! The little kid getting kicked out the chopper is always fun!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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