Sunday, 21 September 2014

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you”

Rarely is a remake as good as or better than the original. Even more rare is a great remake of an already classic original. The 1978 version of Body Snatchers is that super rare film. Better than the original? I'm still not sure - I'm a huge fan of the 1956 version - but this film delivers tension and scares by the bucket load. Full of paranoia, occasional humour, terrific practical effects, great camera work, a discordant soundtrack to die for and a cameo by the star of the original film Kevin McCarthy. I could have done without Leonard Nimoy and it was fun to see Jeff Goldblum played "Jeff Goldblum" even back then, but this is a great sci-fi, horror remake that took the original idea and made it its own.

They're here already!

Original letterboxd review

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