Invasion of the body snatchers

Science fiction, horror and paranoia blend together in this superior remake from the Me Decade.

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Director | Philip Kaufman

USA | 1978

115 minutes

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With | Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum

Language | English

Invasion of the body snatchers

People are acting increasingly strange and emotionless in San Francisco. A phenomenon that seems to be happening around public health inspector Matthew Bennell as well. But then he and his friends discover the gruesome truth behind the mystery. Humanity is slowly but surely being taken over by doppelgangers of alien origin. Science fiction, horror and paranoia blend together in this superior remake from the Me Decade.

In the seventies, the Watergate scandal inspired American filmmakers to create a handful of paranoid thrillers. One of the highlights of the genre is this second adaptation of Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers. While in Don Siegel’s 1958 adaptation the intruders embodied the fear of a communist invasion, in Philip Kaufman’s version they stand for the utter mistrust of fellow human beings. Kaufman adds a touch of satire in the shape of a self-help guru, played by Leonard ‘Mr. Spock’ Nimoy.

This movie is part of Cinema Egzotik, along with The Fly. .