Hollywood has a disappointing history of taking classic movies and remaking them into soulless cash-grabs, however every once in a blue moon we get a glorious exception to the rule. Philip Kaufman’s chilling 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers stars Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, and Jeff Goldblum in the updated story, revolving around a health inspector who is dispatched to investigate some rather odd behavior from local restaurant owners. They seem emotionally…detached… Is it some kind of strange psychological outbreak? Maybe a natural disaster?
Post-Vietnam paranoia is the big theme in Philip Kaufman’s extraordinary adaptation of the 1956 original – itself an adaptation of Jack Finney’s 1954 science fiction novel “The Body Snatchers.” Highlighted by gritty camerawork and great performances from his cast, Invasion of the Body Snatchers set a high benchmark for science-fiction by being smart, scary, provocative, visually striking, and never less than fun. What was limited by budget in the original is now expanded in scope completely, which makes this easily one of the best remakes ever made, with ideas as relevant as ever. Don’t miss a chance to catch this creepy classic – and one of cinema’s most goosebump-inducing final shots… – on the big screen!
Directed by Philip Kaufman. 1978. 115 minutes. Rated PG.
Friday, June 29 – 11pm
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“It’s not only the best of the four films based on Jack Finney’s story, but also one of the best films of the 1970s.” – Jeffrey M Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
“It’s interesting to observe how Kaufman and screenwriter W.D. Richter contrive to exploit and refine elements from both Finney’s novel and Siegel’s film in the new movie version, an unusually imaginative and adroit but also self-conscious remake.” – Gary Arnold, Washington Post
“One of the great sci-fi horror shows; a movie that gooses you with its premise, makes you laugh and jump, and ultimately leaves you with something you can’t quite shake.” – James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk