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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

"San Francisco isn't what it used to be…"

Seeds from space lodge themselves in terrestrial plants and flowers are born. Many people bring some back home. Soon, some people seem to change attitudes. They act as if they no longer had a soul.

Long time friends, Matthew and Elizabeth, along with a couple of friends, Jack and Nacy, are worried. They seem to be the only ones who notice the wave of alienation afflicting San Francisco. Then, Nancy discovers a body covered with roots who opens its eyes when Jack sleeps and closes them immediately when he awakens. Furthermore, they both have nose bleeds and seem eerily similar.

Dr. Kibner thinks they are afflicted with collective paranoia and tries to bring them back to reality. He insists they should get some sleep. What truly is happening though is that the plants assault the humans during their slumber.





A movie that does such a good job inserting you into the plot so well that you project yourself in the scenes is very rare, but it exists. Invasion of the Body Snatchers dives us into what could be seen as foreplay to paranoia. When those to whom you tell the world is changing deny the problem, when the only people who share your perception also become absentminded, when even justice is afflicted and can’t do anything for you, you’ll obviously start wondering if you’ve gone mad.

As mentioned sometime during the film, this invasion consists of the evolution of the human race. Taken from this angle, the concept is even vaster but implies even more. Is this transformation positive? What remains of us after being transferred from one body to the next? How can we “evolve” if we don’t feel love nor hatred?

What scared me the most is how realistic the film becomes once you accept the extraterrestrial theory. You must see the film to understand. It is also for this reason that this film is classified as a horror flick instead of science-fiction.

The characters are not very attaching, even though they’re interpreted by an impressive shish kabob of actors. Their emotions are unstable and, at times, unjustified. Fortunately, the special effects and rhythm are exquisite. Still, one flaw somewhat annoyed me: not only do the extra terrestrials take over the human identity, they continue to fill in the same functions, stay in the same couple, etc. I hope that a superior race, capable of annihilating humanity, would have more evolved practices.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers has this nightmare aftertaste. It’s the remake of the 1956 movie with the same name. It too turned a simple concept into a movie that sent shivers down your spine because of its atmosphere. The 1978 version will be recalled as one of the rare remakes that is equivalent, if not superior, to the original.

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Memorables aspects
- Matthew crushes his replica’s cranium with his foot.

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Released in: 1978

Movie type: Horror - Thriller - Invaders - Science Fiction

In the same series:
Body Snatchers

Films in similar category:
Body Snatchers
Thing, The
They Live
Puppet Masters, The

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( 2004-11-12 )  

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