The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Our November Volunteer of the Month is Hillary Lange, who has chosen Philip Kaufman’s chilling Invasion of the Body Snatchers as her VOTM pick.

A remake of the 1956 science fiction film by Don Siegel, the movie updates the original’s classic story for the 1970s. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) is a health inspector living in San Francisco when strange reports of people inexplicably acting cold and distant start coming in. As Matthew and his colleagues investigate and try to get to the bottom of the mystery, bizarre pod-like plants begin to crop up across the city and our heroes notice even their friends and loved ones aren’t acting like themselves…

Boasting a powerhouse performance by Sutherland and memorable supporting turns by Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Alien‘s Veronica Cartwright, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a rare remake worthy of the original as well as a highpoint of 70s sci-fi cinema.


“Set at the intersection of post-Vietnam paranoia and the myopic introspection that became hippiedom’s most lasting cultural contribution, the Philip Kaufman-directed Invasion alternates social commentary with impeccably crafted scares.” — Keith Phipps, AV CLUB

“It’s unnerving, no doubt, but there’s a touch of humor courtesy Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum. They hold the horror at bay long enough for all hope to slip away.” — Michael J. Casey, Boulder Weekly

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers validates the entire concept of remakes.” — Variety