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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

Aug 21, 2001

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (8) | DVD (3)

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

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A teen horror film with grown-up violence.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Offers a few stunning moments of paranoia-laced terror.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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

One almost never says that a SECOND remake is worth a dang, but this is that very rare exception to prove the rule.

November 19, 2004
New Times

A very effective horror remake that's driven by character rather than cheap shocks.

April 22, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Okay remake. Might have been better is screenwriter Stuart Gordon had directed.

October 8, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the creepiest and most overlooked horror movies made in the past decade, featuring a strong, scary turn by Meg Tilly.

April 28, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Won't ever challenge Siegel's or Kaufman's versions, but it's a pretty worthwhile adaptation for fans of Jack Finney's source material.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Instead of really being scary, the film made me think of something that has troubled me since: don't movie characters watch movies?

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Ferrara keeps the human element at the forefront of the story

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Body Snatchers

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).
October 2, 2013
Cory Taylor

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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.
September 8, 2011
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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!
September 30, 2009
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