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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Reviews

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January 8, 2018

There were moments were I couldnt help but think of John Carpenters The Thing, mainly because the grotesque effects have a similar aesthetic, but also because I missed the tension and the horror that that film provided, all because the characters and situations in Invasion of the Body Snatchers arent nearly as interesting or emotional as the obvious paranoia subtext believes them to be.
December 19, 2017
One of the most beautiful, eerie, disorienting, and ethereal openings ever in a movie. I still don't know what the hell was being filmed. It looks like bacteria or some fungus you would see crawling through a microscope.

What an amazing soundtrack. The use of strings contrasted with eerie and ominous synth sounds, makes for a very interesting collage of sounds. That one pulsating sound is one of the most unnerving and uneasy sounds I've heard come from a synth.

Right from the get go, I knew this was going to be one creepy movie. The scene with the priest swinging on a swing set was already something that made me question everything that was about to unfold in the movie. The San Francisco setting makes it lovely to watch. I wish to one day, visit this amazing city.

Donald Sutherland is always fun to watch. He has this very nonchalant and cool way of doing things while acting that makes for a very interesting and entertaining watch. His charm is also very contagious. Brooke Adams is so cute and lovely. Seeing a lightning quick cameo of Martin Scorsese was awesome. Could barely make out who it was but with a beard like that, impossible to not recognize. I think there was even a 2001: Space Odyssey reference when Sutherland's character says, "David, your killing me".

What a terrifying feeling it must be to be to know that people are changing and their not their usual selves. I think it's pretty clever how the garbage men are the ones who take away the bodies. The pod scene in the backyard was one of the most terrifying, uneasy, and uncomfortable scenes to watch. Who knew birth could be so fucking twisted. The part with the dog that has the face of a man, pretty fucked up stuff. Left me scarred.

The camera work and cinematography is wonderful. It compliments what is being shown and makes a scene or shot that much more interesting to watch. The use of lighting is brilliant in this movie. Reminds me a lot of The Exorcist. The special effects were great.

What a great twist at the end. While your watching it, you're not really sure of the situation but when you hear the shriek at the end, everything comes to a terrifyingly twisty conclusion.

Overall, brilliant film. Wonderfully written and acted with a terrifying story that reminds us that what makes us human, are our emotions and our care ad love for one another. Once that is gone, we're pretty much alien to this world.
October 22, 2017
That should be rated r!
October 7, 2017
In my experiences, movie remakes have usually been inferior to the originals. On rare occasions, however, I come across a remake which improves upon the original version. While this isn't one of those instances, it was still a great film as it captured the different aspects which made the original film so good such as not showing anybody being taken over by the aliens throughout the first act, maintaining a claustrophobic atmosphere throughout the 2nd half, and containing an unsettling ending (which, to be honest, was better than the one from the '56 version). On top of that, I also liked the acting and the special effects. Despite this, however, I still prefer the original version, because, while this version captured the strengths of the original film, I don't think it had enough additional strengths to make it an improved version. It's still an outstanding remake though.
½ September 8, 2017
The sound work is great and most the cinematography is good, but the predictable story is has done been to death and the characters are nothing special especially today. The movie was great for it's time, but it hasn't aged well at all.
September 8, 2017
Probably better than the first
Super Reviewer
½ September 3, 2017
Even though it relies on a gripping feel of intense paranoia, this is an overlong sci-fi/horror movie that suffers from certain problems in logic and kills its tension with long passages that make the pacing irregular, not even being smart enough as an allegory like the original film.
August 16, 2017
Weird! not as good as i thought it would be but not bad either. Not enough jeff goldblum
July 11, 2017
Much better than the original which I hate, this movie really provides good suspense and drama. Never was a fan of Donald Sutherlands, but he's okay in this movie. The rest of the cast does a good job too. Its rather slow by today's standards though. But I enjoyed it.
July 10, 2017
"Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" overcome its otherwise slow pace by being mysterious all the way is creepy at points but nothing really more than that.
½ June 29, 2017
Eerie, a bit disturbing at times, and more in detail than the first. One of the best horror/sci-fi movie remakes of all-time that is nearly better than the original.
Super Reviewer
June 20, 2017
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you," goes the famous insight, and there's that part of this work that is unnerving to say the least. The other part, no less significant, is how no one will believe you, adding frustration to the pungent mix. It's done elegantly here, everyone taking their time, letting the tension build. One of the greats.
April 30, 2017
Quite liked this one
½ April 11, 2017
Excellent film that makes you wish there were more genre film remakes of its caliber.
March 25, 2017
In classic horror film fashion, before it was a convention, everybody thinks the protagonist is crazy; surrounding characters do not understand or believe Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland). There's this thing that we know from the onset of the movie that nobody else understands. It's like the crazy kids who declare Freddy Krueger is alive in their dreams. Leonard Nimoy is the best catalyst for this because if anybody should understand the bazaar and unnatural it is Spock. Jeff Goldblum seems to be playing a character that will be mirrored 15 years later in Jurassic Park, believing in the insanity, that something is wrong. Everyone from Sutherland to Nimoy is close to understanding what's going on, but they are just missing the mark. By not having Nimoy on our side, the audience is bound to feel unsafe, a terrific exercise in terror, suspending any sense of security the audience would have. Being made to look crazy is the scariest feeling that I can possibly imagine. I appreciate the relation of maddened husbands to infectious disease, or alien hypnotism.

I see an allegory to the feeling imperialism creates - nationalism, ethnic cleansing -- you slowly become the silent minority. We get a sense of how it feels to be on the run, society's target; a Holocaust Jew. To be paralyzed by society's stronghold this way. Like the Borg, all that's left is to assimilate.

What better plot device than a food inspector as the hero in a story about combating invading microbes?! He goes from pulling rat shit out of a French kitchen soup to swinging off rafters, tearing down a warehouse, playing undercover alien, etc. That's a protagonist!

The one hour mark of any movie is a particularly special point, whether it's the shark appearing in Jaws, Silva's reveal in Skyfall... In this film it's gathering acceptance from Leonard Nimoy, which instantly turns on us as we realize he is with the other possessed males. Is he an alien? Has he never not been Mirror Universe Spock all along? We learn this as he walks out of building 227, which is Sutherland's home.

There's such an air of mystery here, the flowers, their purpose, everything involved with this alien invasion. How is it happening, and why? Why is it happening this way and what are the men's role? There's a terrific level of conspiratorial guessing, it's exciting. The birth of Body Snatcher's must've inspired Peter Jackson's Uruk Hai growing from tree roots in Lord of the Rings, like butterflies emerging from cocoons - are their screeches used as sound bites for Black Riders?

Insanity conquers the Earth, and a helpless female is all that hopelessly remains. Not even our hero can survive. We know she'll be the only sane person left in a world gone mad. This film raises questions of infections, particularly the psychological, in which the values of one culture are diminished in favor of its opposite, and how it trickles down and invades the individual.
½ March 20, 2017
Love the gripping story and the eerie atmosphere. Donald Sutherland's screech at the end of the movie still echoes in my
March 10, 2017
haha i can see this being a hit in 1978; it's not bad at all. but i did giggle at a few parts for it's ridiculousness, haha.
November 18, 2016
This is a really solid remake that though it's almost 40years old now, still holds-up really well. The cast is solid, led by Donald Sutherland and with support from Maud Adams, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. There's a palpable sense of paranoia throughout and it is just a really good sci-fi/horror film. Seek it out.
November 6, 2016
One of the best alien invasion movies ever made. It builds so effectively towards one of the most iconic moments in 70s horror cinema.
November 2, 2016
A good film, a very good film that I call Invasion of the booby snatchers. I saw it in a second run theater on Granville Street in Vancouver in 1979. It's the scream, deal and pointing the finger that's really scary. The invasion is total crap. Don't waste your time or money.
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